May 11, 2014

Women's Outdoor Track & Field's 4x800m Relay Lands Top 5 Finish in Final Day of New England Championships

WESTFIELD, Mass. – Coming off a very successful first day of action at the New England Championships, the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field team closed out the championship meet with another solid day of action from the event held at Westfield State University. The highlight of the day for the Bobcats came in the 4x800m as a team of four runners scored a Top 5 finish to walk away with All-New England honors. The Bobcats finished the two-day championship meet with five points, good enough for 34th place out of 39 teams. Rhode Island edged Southern Conn. State for the New England Championship by a mere one point.

Among the four All-New England Bobcats making up the 4x800m relay squad was 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.) The combination of four runners clocked in at 9:16.49 to earn a 5th place finish overall out of 15 teams. Their Top 5 finish earned Quinnipiac four of their five total points throughout the two-day championship meet. Their 5th place finish was also made more impressive with such track and field powerhouse programs including UMass Amherst, Boston College, Rhode Island and New Hampshire rounding out the rest of the Top 5.

The Bobcats' second relay team of the day took to the track in the 4x400m and claimed a respectable 15th place out of 23 teams. Having to fill in several key contributors due to injury, the Bobcats still managed to post a time of 3:59.09 to land a spot as the 8th-fastest 4x400m relay in program history. Quinnipiac's foursome of freshmen Alyson Caron (Andover, N.J.) and Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.), sophomore Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and graduate student Christine Donnelly (Philadelphia, Pa.) all teamed up for the gutty effort amidst a host of injuries.

Placing just one spot outside the Top 10 for the Bobcats was Campbell in the 1500m run. A versatile runner throughout her Quinnipiac career, Campbell went right from a very successful 4x800m relay run to completing the 1500m in 11th place with a time of 4:39.39. Campbell just missed a personal best by less than two seconds but still made her mark as she finished in the top half of a crowded field of 26 in the 1500m.

Quinnipiac fielded three competitors in the 3000m steeplechase and were led by senior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) was placed 21st out of 30 competitors with a time of 11:41.20. Sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) took 23rd place with a time of 11:45.35 and freshman Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Conn.) rounded out the Bobcats' field with a 29th place result and time of 12:25.81.

Quinnipiac has runners eligible to compete in the ECAC Championships next weekend as the meet will be held from May 16-18 on the campus of Princeton University.

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