Becca Stabile Breaks School Record in 500m, Three Bobcats Qualify for ECAC Championships at Valentine Invitational

BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) highlighted a strong day of action that saw the Bobcats breaking another school record, nearly breaking another two and finished with three individuals qualifying for the ECAC Championships in their respective events. In all, 15 different Bobcats notched new personal bests on Friday afternoon including three times from Stabile and sophomores Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) and Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) that qualified each for the ECAC Championships.

Stabile was the star on Friday as her time of 1:13.88 bested her own previous program record of 1:14.53 by a full .65 seconds. Her finishing time easily met the ECAC qualifying standard of 1:15.8 and also placed her in 3rd place overall out of 57 competitors. The Top 5 finish for Stabile is her fifth of the season and 16th of her career as she is eligible for both the New England and ECAC Championships.

Another sensational outing was had for sophomore teammates Samuels and Savage as each put together strong efforts in their respective events. A week after becoming the first Bobcat to run a sub-25 second time in the 200m, Samuels finished with the second-fastest time in program history with a time of 25.24 seconds on Friday to finish 23rd out of 212 runners. Savage, meanwhile, came .06 seconds away from breaking the school record in the 1000m with her time of 2:56.20. Chelsea Bollerman's record of 2:56.15 from Jan. 31, 2009 still remains standing but Savage's time is the second-fastest in program history and more than one second faster than her previous personal best (2:57.72). Both Samuels (400m) and Savage (1000m) qualified for both the New England and ECAC Championships with their respective times on Saturday.

Several other Bobcats to shine on Friday to make their outing a total all-around effort. Freshman (Old Saybrook, Conn.) picked up her fastest time in the 500m at 1:18.55, finishing in 14th place, while junior Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) also landed a personal best by nearly a full second with a time of 1:19.67, placing in 20th overall. Several other Bobcats including senior Val Zielinski (1:22.38), freshman Emma Johnson (1:23.19) and graduate student Christine Donnelly (1:23.29) all tallied personal bests in the 500m as well.

Freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) became just the third Bobcat in program history to finish with a sub-26 second 200m dash as she tallied a time of 25.98 seconds on Friday to finish 60th out of 212. Sophomore Nadia Jarvis (26.18, 71st) and sophomore Kristen Ulrich (26.31, 76th) also went for personal bests in the 200m dash.

Backing up the near record-breaking run for Savage in the 1000m was sophomore Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) who picked up a new personal record with a time of 2:59.32 to earn a 17th place finish out of 84 runners.

Finally, two more personal records were broken on Friday starting with sophomore Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) who crossed the line in 59.05 seconds to earn a 48th place result out of 168 runners. Jarvis also earned her second personal record of the day with a time of 8.31 seconds in the 60m dash while Pisciotta tied her personal best 8.03 seconds in the same event.

Quinnipiac will now enjoy an off week before taking part in their first ever MAAC Championship on Friday, Feb. 21 from The Armory in New York, N.Y.

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