January 24, 2014

Shameal Samuels, Chelsea Savage Dominate Respective Events to Highlight Strong Effort in BU Terrier Invite

BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of sophomore teammates in Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) each had themselves a day at the BU Terrier Invitational on Friday afternoon. Samuels broke her two of her own school records for the second consecutive week while Savage ran the fastest 1000m run for any Bobcat in nearly four years to highlight the day's action for the Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field team.

Samuels was an all-around force on Friday as she starred in two events for Quinnipiac, breaking the school record in the 200m dash and coming .04 seconds away from besting her own program record in the 400m dash. She started the day with the record-breaking 200m time of 24.86 seconds as she becomes the first Bobcat to ever finish with a sub-25 second time in the 200m. Her time bested her previous school record of 25.63 seconds from just a week ago at the Great Dane Classic. Perhaps even more impressive was her 13th place finish on Friday in the overall standings out of 163 total competitors.

The illustrious sophomore runner rounded out her day with a near record in the 400m dash as she landed herself with a Top 5 finish, crossing the line in 4th place overall with a time of 55.30 seconds. Samuels' finishing time is the fastest ever for any Bobcat in an indoor event as she bested her own mark of 55.58 seconds from last week's Great Dane Classic, but fell just .04 seconds short of breaking her program record of 55.27 seconds from the 2013 Outdoor Track and Field New England Championships.

Continuing the great day for Quinnipiac was Savage who was a big success in the 1000m, crossing the line in 2:57.72. The blazing time for Savage is the second-fastest in Quinnipiac history as well as the fastest for any Bobcat in a meet since Chelsea Bollerman went for 2:56.15 on Jan. 31, 2009. Savage fell just one spot short of a Top 5 result as she landed herself in 6th place, but she finished behind a host of competitors from powerhouse schools including UConn, Harvard, Boston College and Providence.

Yet another sophomore in Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) combined with Savage for great success in the 1000m as she posted a sub-three minute time for the first time in her career with a 2:59.82. Nabadduka continues her breakout season, becoming just the seventh Bobcat to have ever accomplished the feat as she also breaks her previous personal-best by a massive total of six-plus seconds (3:06.69).

Another personal-best was broken on Friday, this time from senior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) who tore up the 3000m run with a time of 10:14.08. Faust's best time ever in the 3000m vaults her all the way up the leaderboard to 8th place on the Quinnipiac all-time list which includes some illustrious alumni including All-American Kaitlyn Gwyther and the Bobcats' head coach Carolyn Martin.

Some personal-bests continued to fall in the 800m as senior Val Zielinski (Hackettstown, N.J.) bested her previous personal record by more than three seconds with her time of 2:24.47. The sophomore class continued to contribute on the incredible day for the Bobcats with Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) coming through with a time of 5:03.89 to lead the way for Quinnipiac in the one mile run. Senior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) broke a personal-best in the one mile run with a time of 5:16.41 while freshman Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.) came through with a personal-best as she crossed the line in 1:19.32 in the 500m dash.

Quinnipiac's 4x400m relay team of sophomore Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.), junior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.), Samuels and Reid combined to finish with a time of 4:02.55 which represents the seventh fastest time in the program's history.

Rounding out the day were two more Bobcats who finished with personal-bests to bring the day's total up to nine different runners for Quinnipiac who recorded a new personal record. Freshman Allison Decker (Milford, Pa.) and sophomore Ashley Carle (Jackson, N.J.) continue to improve as they finished with a time of 10:19.32 and 10:24.23 in the 3000m, respectively.

Up next for the Bobcats will be the Harvard Invitational from the Gordon Indoor Track in Cambridge, Mass. in what will be one of the most talented, non-championship field that Quinnipiac will see this season. The meet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Contact: Maxx McNall; maxx.mcnall@quinnipiac.edu