PRINCETON, N.J. – Three more school records fell as the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track team continued their stellar campaign at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University at Weaver Stadium. Sophomore Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) certainly impressed, running a personal and school-record in her signature event, the 400m hurdles. The Bobcats continue to make strides in both the short and long distance events as the NEC Conference Championship looms in just two weeks.
"Overall we had a good meet today despite the chilly weather at Princeton," said Quinnipiac women's outdoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "Hopefully we will improve on a few times we had from today but looking forward we are really excited to have two relays and Andrea Szarkowicz competing at the Penn Relays next weekend. This is the world's largest track gathering next to the Olympics and for us to have this many competitors shows how far the program has come over the past few years."
Becca Stabile's run this afternoon was not only the best of her young career but the fastest the school has ever seen in the 400m hurdles. She ran the event in 1:03.17 which beats her previous school and personal-record of 1:04.25 set last season at the New England Championships. Becca Stabile's time was good enough for a 10th place finish out of 26 runners.
Becca Stabile continued her domination for the day combining with three other Bobcats for a school-record in the 4 x 400m relay. The team of Becca Stabile, junior Samantha Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) and freshmen Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) all combined for a time of 3:56.03. They crossed the line in an impressive sixth place out of 15 teams and beat the previous record established just last week by less than half a second.
Samuels kept improving on her school record in the 400m as she jumped out to a fourth place finish out of 28 competitors in her event. The time of 56.06 seconds is just .02 seconds faster than her previous school record broken last week at the Brown Invitational. The outdoor and indoor 400m record-holder for Quinnipiac has now gone three straight weeks with record-breaking times in the event.
The distance running contingent for Quinnipiac was led by the 3000m group of junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) and seniors Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) and Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.) who all ran personal-bests this afternoon. Soja led the way for the Bobcats with a seventh place showing and a new personal-record of 10:06.42 in the 3000m. Szarkowicz also looked strong with a 10:17.46 and 12th place finish out of 25 runners while Humphreys completed the run with a personal-best 10:22.84.
Finally, the 1500m group featured two heat winners in senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) and freshman Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.). Morelli barley beat out Campbell in the overall standings but placed first in her heat with a time of 4:44.26, good enough for a 23rd place showing. Campbell was fractions of a second behind Morelli as she clocked in at 4:44.44 for 25th place overall but first in her heat as well.
Quinnipiac will now move on to take part in the marvel that is the Penn Relays. The four-day affair will feature Olympians from across the country as it is the second-largest track gathering next to the Olympics. The Bobcats will compete in the 4 x 800m relay, the distance medley relay and Szarkowicz will get a chance to shine in the 3000m steeplechase.
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