HAMDEN, Conn. – After the most successful season in program history, Quinnipiac women's indoor track head coach Carolyn Martin was distinguished as the Northeast Conference Coach of the Year on Thursday, as announced by the league office. The honor is the second in Martin's four-year tenure at Quinnipiac but her first in women's indoor track as her other Coach of the Year came in her first season with women's cross country in 2009.
Martin led an inspired group of Bobcats to their highest team finish at the Northeast Conference Championship since 2007 when the Bobcats finished in fourth place. Her team raced to a two-day total of 45 points at the 2013 NEC Women's Indoor Track Championship to earn a sixth-place finish. Quinnipiac had never finished higher than seventh-place in the NEC before this season and the Bobcats did so off the strength of their distance runners and underclassmen.
Several Bobcats took home All-NEC honors including senior Becca White (Natick, Mass.) who earned a spot on the Second Team with her performance in the 3000m run. White placed second in the event with a time of 9:56.36 which was also good enough to qualify her for the ECAC Championships coming up next week. The All-NEC distinction is the third in White's storied career running for the Bobcats.
The distance medley group for Quinnipiac also earned a spot on the All-NEC Second Team with their recorded time of 12:22.35. Among the group of Bobcat runners included White, senior Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.), junior Sam Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) and graduate student Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.). Each earns a share of the award as the group combined for a second-place result at the NEC Championship.
A pair of freshmen athletes for Quinnipiac were also awarded All-NEC Rookie Team honors on Thursday as Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) and Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) were the best rookies in the 800m and one mile run, respectively. Savage was the fastest freshmen in the 800m as she crossed the line in 2:19.77 to earn a sixth-place finish overall and three points for the Bobcats. Campbell was the highest-placing freshmen in her event, the one mile run, as she ran a 5:15.22 to place seventh in the event.
Martin has helped guide the Bobcats to the best season in program history as evidenced by the team's 16 record-breaking runs in seven different events this season. Normally a strong distance team, as evidenced by their eight-year run as NEC women's cross country champions, the Bobcats featured several sprinters and short distance runners who helped build the team into a more well-rounded group of athletes. Freshman Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) owns the program record in the 60m dash (7.95 seconds) and also became the first Bobcat to ever run a sub-eight second time in the event this season. Another freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) dazzled all season as she currently owns program records in the 200m (25.95 seconds) and 400m (56.72 seconds). The local Conn. product also became the first freshman to win Quinnipiac Female Athlete of the Month in January.
The newly crowned Coach of the Year will guide her team into the New England Championships this weekend as the Bobcats will compete today and tomorrow at Boston University.
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