Women's Indoor Track and Field in Search of First MAAC Title With Championship Meet Set for Friday

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HAMDEN, Conn. – A year after breaking through for the best season in Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field history, reigning NEC Indoor Coach of the Year Carolyn Martin will be guiding her Bobcats into their first ever appearance in the MAAC Championships this Friday, February 21 from The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. The Bobcats broke all sorts of records last season with 26 record-breaking runs and have added a few more notches to their belt with new program records in six different events through six meets in the 2013-14 season. Quinnipiac is hoping for a strong debut as a new member of the MAAC and will be featuring several of the region's bests in their respective events.

Quinnipiac's season has been highlighted by a dynamic duo with several other key underclassmen starting to blossom in their second season with the Bobcats. Sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) headlines the contingent as she enters the MAAC Championship with indoor school records in the 200m (24.86), 300m (39.68), 400m (55.27), 4x200m relay (1:45.97), 4x400m relay (3:49.18) and the school's second-fastest time in the 60m (8.02) and 500m (1:16.20). Samuels is already qualified for the New England and ECAC Championships in the 400m dash and most-recently became the first Bobcat to ever run a 200m dash in under 25 seconds (24.86).

The second half of Quinnipiac's dynamic duo is junior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) who comes in as the school's most prolific 500m runner the program has ever seen. Stabile recently starred at the Valentine Invitational with her time of 1:13.88, besting 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 earned her the fifth Top 5 finish of the season as she crossed the line in 3rd place out of 57 competitors.

Another two sophomores who are in the midst of breakout years are Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.). Both specializing in the middle distance runs, Savage picked up one of the most impressive 1000m runs the program has ever seen back on Jan. 24 at Boston Univ. Savage ran a 2:56.20 in the 1000m which represented the second-fastest time in the event ever, second only to Chelsea Bollerman's 2:56.15 back on Jan. 31, 2009. Savage did, however, leap over Erin O'Connell's time of 2:58.61 for 2nd place in the all-time record books, a mark that had stood since Feb. 24, 2006.

Nabadduka also made a little history this season, breaking a six-year-old indoor program record in the 800m on Jan. 17, 2014 at The Armory. Her time of 2:13.78 bested Bollerman's previous indoor program record of 2:15.99 that had stood since Feb. 2, 2008.

Not only are the Bobcats strong in the middle distances but they also will feature the program record holder in the 60m dash, freshman Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) who comes in with a season-best time of 7.97 seconds in the event. Several freshmen have starred this season including Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) who is the third-fastest Bobcat ever in the 60m dash (8.03), 200m (26.27) and also holds the program record in the high jump (4.95m) and triple jump (10.8m).

Quinnipiac's depth all across the roster is perhaps their most impressive feature as 15 Bobcats broke personal records in the team's last meet on Feb. 7. Headlining the distance events for Quinnipiac will be sophomore Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) in the one mile (5:03.89) and senior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) in the 3000m (10:14.08) and 5000m (17:55.63).

Coach Martin will lead the Bobcats into the MAAC Championships featuring seven teams (Canisius, Manhattan, Iona, Marist, Monmouth, Rider and Saint Peter's). Saint Peter's is the reigning MAAC Champion with a score of 185.5 in the 2013 Championships.

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