PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Competing in arguably the world's most prestigious track meet other than the Olympics, the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team posted two impressive results on Thursday in day one of the 120th running of the Penn Relays held at Franklin Field. The Bobcats were led by an inspired effort from their distance medley grouping while they also saw one of the program's all-time greatest in Becca White (Natick, Mass.) attack the 5000m against some of the toughest competition in the nation to complete the first day of action from Quinnipiac's contingent.
In one of the most impressive team relays seen all season for the Bobcats, the distance medley team comprised of four sophomores in Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.), Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.), Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) and Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) combined for an 11th place finish out of 19 competing institutions. Racing for the first time as a team, Quinnipiac's foursome crossed the line with an outdoor program record of 11:56.02. They bested the previous outdoor record of 12:05.20, established at last year's Penn Relays, by just under 10 seconds. The Bobcats' time of 11:56.02 ranks as the 3rd-fastest distance medley time as it fell just under 10 seconds behind the school record of 11:46.92 established in the 2014 New England Indoor Championships on Feb. 28, 2014.
The lone other Bobcat to see the track today was their illustrious graduate student Becca White who finished with a 22nd place finish in the 5000m. Racing in a crowded field featuring runners from national powerhouse programs including Kentucky, Texas, Texas A&M, Boston College and Cornell, White placed in a respectable position just one spot behind fellow MAAC competitor in Marist's Michelle Gaye. White crossed the line in 17:29.50.
The Penn Relays is the oldest and largest track and field competition in the United States, hosted annually since 1895 by the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. There are over 115 events scheduled for the three-day meet that is attracting more than 15,000 participants from high schools, colleges, and track clubs throughout North America and abroad, notably Jamaica. Quinnipiac will continue their stay at the Penn Relays with a full day of action tomorrow.
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