NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amongst one of the most talented fields the Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field will face all season, junior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) put together a dominating run and captured victory in the 500m dash to highlight the Bobcats' effort at the Great Dane Classic. In addition to her convincing victory in the event, Quinnipiac bested two indoor program records on Friday as the Bobcats are starting to round into form heading into the meat of their 2013-14 schedule.
"The coaching staff gave the girls a really challenging week at practice and I thought they all came out of it stronger, faster and ready to perform today," said Quinnipiac head coach Carolyn Martin. "I thought across the board we had some really good times and the girls are really starting to learn to race better which gives us a lot of confidence and faith moving forward into the rest of the season."
The victory in the 500m was the fourth career win for Stabile in her three-year career at Quinnipiac and second overall in the 500m event. Her finishing time of 1:15.05 bested a host of 17 other competitors and was more than one full second ahead of the second place finisher. Albany's Tynelle Taylor-Chase was the closest to Stabile with a time of 1:16.29 as the Quinnipiac junior earned her first victory in the 500m since she won the event at Boston University last season with a time of 1:15.91.
Picking up the two school records on the day for Quinnipiac were a pair of sophomores Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.). Samuels, a prolific 400m runner in her two years as a Bobcat, picked up the indoor school record with a time of 55.58 seconds in the event on Friday night. She was the fastest sophomore in the event, crossing the line in 3rd place overall, and the only non-senior who finished in the Top 5 overall of the 400m.
Nabadduka, meanwhile, bested a five-year-old indoor record in the 800m as she finished her event in 2:13.78. The previous indoor school record of 2:15.99 accomplished by Chelsea Bollerman had stood since Feb. 2, 2008 and Nabadduka quickly put to bed that record with a time that was more than two full seconds faster. Her new program record was good enough for a 6th place finish at the Great Dane Classic and second-fastest among all underclassmen.
Also picking up some strong finishes were another pair of sophomores in Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) and Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) in the one mile run. Savage won her group and broke her personal-best time by more than three seconds with a time of 5:11.14. She earned an 8th place finish overall while Campbell was right behind her in 9th place with a time of 5:11.39.
Several more distance runners had strong days as senior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) and sophomore Ashley Carle (Jackson, N.J.) stood out in the 5000m as they both placed in the Top 5. Amanda picked up a time of 18:08.70 to land herself in 3rd place overall while Carle finished strong as the second-fastest underclassmen with a time of 18:35.71 to earn a 5th place result in the 5000m.
Rounding out the day for the Bobcats was freshman Allison Decker (Milford, Pa.) and senior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) in the 3000m who finished with a time of 10:31.92 and 10:32.17, respectively. Freshman Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) led the sprinters with a time of 8.03 seconds in the 60m dash while Samuels rounded out her day with a time of 25.63 seconds in the 200m.
Quinnipiac returns to action next weekend as they will travel to the BU Terrier Invite on Friday, Jan. 24 from the Boston Univ. Track and Tennis Center.
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