Women's Indoor Track Competes In First Day Of NEC Championships


LANDOVER, Md. - The Quinnipiac University women's indoor track team competed in the first day of the Northeast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon at the Prince George's County Sports Complex. After one day, the Bobcats are currently in ninth place with eight points, while Sacred Heart sits first with 29 total points.

"I think we had a very strong day and had some great racing," head coach Carolyn Martin said. "A couple of disappointments, but that is what makes a team strong. We are excited about all the events we have going tomorrow."

The highlight of the meet for Quinnipiac was sophomore Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) in the 3000 meters. Roche finished second overall with a time of 10:03.21. Joining Roche in the 3000-meter race was sophomore Katie Beam (South Windsor, Conn.). Beam posted the ninth-best time in the event with a mark of 10:35.26.

In the 800 meters, freshman Christine Cristobal (Dix Hills, N.Y.) qualified for Sunday's final. Cristobal earned her spot in the final with a strong showing in Saturday's preliminaries, crossing the line in 2:23:30, winning her heat. Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) ran a personal-best time of 2:23.16, but failed to qualify because of the heat she ran in produced two better times.

Julie Lanning (Victor, N.Y.) was the other top runner in the meet, finishing fourth in the mile race. Her time of 5:23.93 was good for the best amongst Quinnipiac runners, but was not enough to qualify for the finals on Sunday afternoon.

The Bobcats will run again on Sunday in the second day of the NEC Championships. Cristobal will run in the finals of the 800, while three Bobcats will compete in the final of the 5000 meters.