BOSTON, Mass. – The Quinnipiac women's indoor track team continued their sensational start to the 2012-13 season as four more program records fell on Friday at the Terrier Invite hosted by Boston University. With four record-breaking runs on Friday, the Bobcats push their remarkable total to 13 school records broken through five meets this season.
The four records that fell on Friday came in the 60m, 400m, 500m, and 4 x 400m events with several freshmen continuing to impress as the season moves along.
"We were happy with today's performance by the entire team," said Quinnipiac women's indoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "We have a very young team and in particular our sprinters are really starting to make their mark."
One of the headliners among Quinnipiac's group of young runners was freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) who shattered her own previous school record with a time of 56.77 seconds in the 400m. She bested her previous mark of 57.79 seconds established in the team's first meet of the season, also hosted by Boston University. Her finishing time was good for 14th overall out of over 90 runners who also competed in the event.
Another freshman posted the next eye-popping result as Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) nearly became the first woman in school history to run a sub-eight second 60m but her time of 8.02 seconds bested the previous program-best mark of 8.23 seconds. This marks the third time this season Simons has broken the school record in the 60m dash while her posting time on Friday was good for 26th overall out of 82 runners in the event.
The third record-breaking time had sophomore Rebecca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) running a 1:15.11 in the 500m, breaking her previous school record of 1:15.91 from earlier this season. Stabile's impressive time was the best among all NEC competitors, landing her in the seventh spot overall out of 49 competitors.
The fourth and final school record broken on Friday was completed by Stabile, Samuels and freshmen Nadia Jarvis (Port Republic, N.J.) and Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.) who combined for a time of 3:56.40 in the 4 x 400m relay. The foursome broke the previous record of 3:57.30 established earlier this season on the same course at Boston University at the Jay Carisella Invitational.
Several other individuals stood out for Quinnipiac on Friday as senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) blew through the field with a personal best time of 5:07.06 in the one mile run, giving her a 36th place finish out of 123 runners, highest finishing position among all Bobcats in the event. Junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) and senior Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.) each gave their best times of the season in the one mile run with 5:09.50 and 5:16.48, respectively.
Another group of Bobcats showed well in the 5000m run with senior Becca White (Natick, Mass.) leading the way, crossing the line in 17:28.33, good for 20th out of 63 competitors. Juniors Amanda and Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) had every right to be excited over their times in the 5000m as they each ran a personal best with a 17:47.42 and 17:52.34, respectively.
Youth continued to lead the way for the Bobcats in the 800m as freshman Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) landed in 35th place, best on the team, after racing to a season best 2:19.70. To go along with her record-breaking contribution in the 4 x 400m relay, Ulrich also showed well in the 400m with a time of 58.96 seconds.
Finally, graduate student Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) became the first Bobcat to run the 3000m with a sub-10 minute time as she crossed the line in 9:56.08. More than 17 seconds faster than any Quinnipiac runner posted this season.
Just one more meet, the Dartmouth Classic, looms before the NEC Championships for the Bobcats as the team will travel up to Hanover, N.H. on Feb. 2 to compete before heading down to Landover, Md. for the NEC Championships from Feb. 9-10.
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