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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – After the final whistle blew on Day One of the MAAC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the Bobcats found all sorts of success throughout the afternoon on their way to 29 points, good enough for 4th place and their best day one start to a Conference Championship in program history. The Quinnipiac women's outdoor track 4x800m relay finished third overall, three Bobcats placed in the 3000m steeplechase and two Bobcats placed in the javelin throw for the first time in program history. Monmouth University holds a commanding lead with 101 points while Rider sits in 2nd place with 46 points.
"We had a great day today," said head coach Carolyn Martin. "This was the best day one we have ever had at a Conference Championship. We have a few of our key contributors out due to injury and the rest of the team has really stepped up to the plate. It was an exciting first day and we are looking forward to tomorrow."
For the second straight year, the Bobcats' 4x800m relay team picked up a Top 3 finish in the Conference Championship as Quinnipiac took 2nd place last year in their final appearance in the Northeast Conference Championship. The Bobcats earned their 3rd place result with the fastest 4x800m relay time of the season and the fastest outdoor time since May 13, 2005. Quinnipiac's group of runners including sophomores Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) and Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.), junior Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) and graduate student Becca White (Natick, Mass.) crossed the line in 9:11.71 for the 3rd place finish. The only teams to finish ahead of the Bobcats were track powerhouse Monmouth and distance specialist Iona. The time of 9:11.71 is the 2nd-fastest in Quinnipiac's outdoor program history and 3rd-fastest overall.
One of the most successful events on the day for Quinnipiac was their group of runners in the 3000m steeplechase, each of which placed in the event for the first time ever at a Conference Championship meet. All three of the Bobcats who picked up points with Top 8 finishes crossed the line with a new personal best time in the event as well starting with sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) who came through with a 4th place finish and time of 11:09.44. Senior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) crossed the line right behind Savage in 6th place overall as her time of 11:33.18 bested her previous personal best by more than seven seconds. Not to be outdone was freshman Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Conn.) who scored 7th place overall with a finishing time of 11:46.22, also more than seven seconds faster than her previous personal best. In total, the group of three Bobcats earned a total of 10 points, more than 33 percent of the team's 29 total points on the day.
Another event that shows the progression of the Bobcats' track and field program is in the javelin throw event which saw two Quinnipiac competitors place for the first time in program history. Sophomore Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Conn.) and freshman Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.), the two lone javelin throwers in the history of Quinnipiac track and field, finished 4th and 5th, respectively, on Saturday. Mears came through with a toss of 36.13m to set a new season high and program record. Reid also came through with a great toss of 35.48m to best her previous season high of 33.7m by nearly two full meters.
Racing in her final Conference Championship meet, senior Amanda Faust's (Macungie, Pa.) triumph was well deserved as she crossed the line with a 5th place result in the 10,000m run to earn four points for the Bobcats in the team standings. Having placing for the first time last year with a 7th place result, Amanda's Top 5 finish is her first ever in a Conference Championship while her time of 38:35.46 was also her best ever in a Conference Championship.
Wrapping up day one action for the Bobcats was the 100m dash preliminaries that saw two Bobcats take to the starting gates with freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) qualifying for the finals on Sunday with a 8th place result. Pisciotta crossed the line with a time of 12.96 seconds, just .04 away from 5th place and only .01 ahead of the 9th place finisher. With only eight qualifying for the finals, sophomore Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) was the first one held out as she placed 9th with a time of 12.97 seconds.
Plenty more action will follow on Sunday as the Bobcats will field competitors in the 4x100m, 1500m, 400m, 100m finals, 800m, 200m, 5000m and 4x400m to conclude the MAAC Championships from the campus of Rider University.
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