NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a milestone season in which the Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field team broken 26 program records in 2012-13, the Bobcats kicked off 2013-14 in grand fashion with four record-setting performances highlighted by sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.). Samuels picked up right where she left off last season in which she helped break school records in three different events while Pisciotta jumped her way into the record books in two events highlighted by besting an 11-year-old program record in the triple jump.
Samuels largely competed in 400m events in her first season with the Bobcats but was able to make the most of her limited opportunities in the 200m as she broke the previous program record by close to one full second. Showing no ill effects of a lengthy offseason, Samuels clocked in at 25.47 seconds to best her own indoor record established at Yale last season as well as Sam Stabile's previous program record of 25.79 from the outdoor season in 2013 at Stonehill. Her blistering time had her finishing in 4th place for a Top 5 finish on Saturday.
Also landing quite a significant result was that of Pisciotta who broke an 11-year-old program record in her first career appearance in the triple jump. The Bobcats' previous record of 10.45m from Sarah Engel had stood since May 4, 2002 and it's time had come as Pisciotta launched herself 10.8m to give the Bobcats another new record. She followed that up with another landmark leap as she tallied a long jump of 4.81m to best junior Becca Stabile's (Haverhill, Mass.) previous program record established in the 2013 outdoor season at Richmond.
Rounding out the Quinnipiac records broken on Saturday was sophomore Nadia Jarvis (Port Republic, N.J.) who clocked in at 9.58 seconds in the 60m hurdles preliminary event. She placed seventh in the preliminary stage to advance to the finals with her record-setting time that bested her own previous record of 9.62 seconds from last seasons' indoor meet at Dartmouth.
Freshman Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) narrowly missed the fifth record on Saturday as her time of 7.98 seconds in the 60m dash prelims was only three tenths of a seconds away from tying her own program record. Regardless, the time was good enough for 5th in the preliminary stage before she finished 8th in the finals with a time of 8.08. Samuels also competed in the 200m prelims for the first time in her career and recorded an 8.08 which was just two spots out of qualifying for the finals.
Leading the charge for the Bobcats in the one mile run was sophomore Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) who put together a solid 5th place finish with a time of 5:16.52. Sophomore Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.) and freshman Cori Reid finished in 8th and 9th, respectively, in the 400m dash finals. Junior Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I) and freshman Larissa Brown also finished 8th and 9th, respectively, in the 800m finals while senior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) landed herself in 3rd place overall in the 3000m run with a time of 10:46.08.
The Bobcats will wait over a month before getting back into action at the Yale Invitational on Jan. 11 from Coxe Cage in New Haven.
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