Women's Outdoor Track & Field Finishes MAAC Championships in 6th Place Overall

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's outdoor track & field team placed 6th at their first ever MAAC Championship on Sunday. The Bobcats accumulated 55 total points (29 on day one and 26 on day two) as many individuals and relay teams showed well in their first crack in the new Conference Championship. Monmouth University dominated the leaderboard with 306 total points to run away with their first MAAC Championship, besting second place Rider by 173 points.

After a record-breaking day one that had the Bobcats sitting in a program-record 4th place with 29 points at the conclusion of Saturday's action, Sunday saw many more firsts for the program in their first appearance as a member of the MAAC.

Sophomore Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.) continued her impressive run through the Conference Championship as she placed 5th overall out of 20 competitors in the 400m dash. Reid crossed the line in 59.45 seconds, a new personal best and season best for the freshman sprint specialist. Combined with her 5th place finish and new personal best in the javelin throw on Saturday, Reid tallied 10 total points in the two days of action for the Bobcats as well as two new personal records in her two events.

Freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) also showed well on Sunday in her appearance in the 100m dash finals. After barley making it through the preliminary 100m dash on Saturday with a time that made the Top 8 by .01 seconds, Pisciotta stepped her game up with a 6th place finish in the finals on Sunday. With a time of 12.62 seconds in the 100m dash finals, Pisciotta fell just .02 seconds shy of matching her program record but still made history as the highest placing finalist ever for the Bobcats at a Conference Championship 100m final.

In an event littered with Bobcats, sophomore Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) came through with the top time for Quinnipiac and 4th place overall in the 800m run. With seven Bobcats in competition, the most of any event throughout the two day Conference Championship, Nabadduka stormed out of the gates and finished in 4th place out of 39 runners with a time of 2:16.88. Junior Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) came less than half a second away from placing as she finished two spots out of the Top 8 in 10th place with a time of 2:21.18. Nabadduka's efforts earned her five points for Quinnipiac.

Pisciotta's strong day in the sprint events continued as she rallied later on in the day for a 6th place finish out of 25 runners in the 200m dash. She came just .06 seconds short of her personal record but her time of 25.76 seconds was still good enough for three points added to her team's total. For the day, Pisciotta finished with six total points in two events.

Closing out her career in grand fashion was graduate student Becca White (Natick, Mass.) Racing in her final Conference Championship meet, one of the program's all-time best distance runners finished the 5,000m with a 4th place finish. Her time of 17:45.45 was good enough for the Top 5 finish out of 27 total runners and earned her team five more points to the overall team standings.

The Bobcats' only relay appearance on the day was certainly a good one as the 4x400m relay team picked up a 4th place finish out of nine team competing. Reid, sophomore Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.), freshman Alyson Caron (Andover, N.J.) and sophomore Kristin Ulrich (Clark, N.J.) combined to finish with a time of 4:00.53. This group of Bobcats just missed out on a 2nd place result as they crossed the line just over one second behind 2nd place Saint Peter's but still managed to crack the Top 5 overall and one of the 10 fastest 4x400m relays in program history.

Sophomore Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) was the final Bobcat to place on the day as she crossed the line in 4:44.43 in the 1500m run to land herself in 8th place overall for one point added to the Bobcats' team total. Graduate student Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.) and sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) were just behind Campbell in 10th and 11th place, respectively, showing the Bobcats great depth in the middle distance events.

The Bobcats will resume action later this week at the New England Championships from Westfield State University located in Westfield, Mass. Competition will begin on Thursday, May 8 and run through Saturday, May 10.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu