Shameal Samuels Becomes Quinnipiac's First Individual MAAC Champion to Lead Bobcats to 6th Place at MAAC Championship

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) became Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field's first ever individual champion with a 1st place finish and program record time in the 400m dash in the MAAC Championship on Friday. The Bobcats totaled 62 points on the afternoon, scoring in nine different events to finish in sixth place out of eight competing  institutions. Both of Quinnipiac's relay teams (Distance Medley, 4 x 400m) finished in second place in their respective events while freshman Bonnie Pisciotta (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) ran the 60m dash in a record breaking 7.91 seconds to highlight an impressive showing from the Bobcats in their first appearance in the MAAC Championship.

"We had a great day today," said Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field head coach Carolyn Martin. "There were a few surprise points in some unexpected events. We will be looking to climb up to the top of the conference in the future with a young team and some great incoming freshmen next year."

Samuels showcased every bit of her talent today as she proved why she's one of the most dynamic runner in the MAAC. Samuels' triumph in the 400m dash was made even sweeter as she broke her own program record with a time of 55.26 seconds, barley edging Monmouth's Laura Williams by .39 seconds for the victory. She continued to dominate the day with her second record-breaking run as she tallied a 4th place finish and program record time of 24.83 seconds in the 200m dash. Samuels finished up her day combining with three other Bobcats to land her team in 2nd place in the 4 x 400m dash with a time of 3:54.71. For the day, Samuels compiled a team-high 23 points and helped account for 37.1 percent (23-of-62) of the Bobcats' points for the Championship.

The Bobcats' two relay squads (Distance Medley, 4 x 400m) also shined with a pair of second place finishes on Friday. Starting with the distance medley relay, the Bobcats' contingent of sophomores Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.), Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.) and Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) as well as junior Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) teamed up for a time of 12:10.61, less than 10 seconds behind Monmouth's squad who broke a MAAC record in the distance medley on Friday. The 4 x 400m relay team of Samuels, junior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.), sophomore Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.) finished with the second-fastest time in program history (3:54.71) to place 2nd in the event.

Pisciotta had never run a 60m dash under eight seconds coming into the day but Friday was her coming out party with two record-breaking runs. She started the day with the fastest 60m dash the program has ever seen with a time of 7.91 seconds in the prelims and then followed that up with a 7.94 second run in the finals to finish in 5th place overall. Both of Pisciotta's times eclipsed the previous program record of 7.95 seconds heading into the day. Sophomore Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) had her program record bested by Pisciotta but still finished a solid day, tying her personal-best with a time of 7.95 seconds in the 60m dash prelims and then finished her day with a 7th place result in the finals with a time of 7.98 seconds.

Quinnipiac's track and field program has always been known for their proficiency in the long distance events and continued the trend on Friday with some great performances in the 3000m, 5000m and one mile events. Sisters Brianna and Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) picked up Top 5 finishes with a 3rd and 5th place result, respectively, in the 5000m. Brianna finished the 5k in 17:52.44 to pick up her best finish (3rd) in a Conference Championship meet in her four-year career. Amanda followed that up with a 5th place result, her 5th career Top 5 finish, and a time of 18:17.62. Meanwhile, freshman Allison Decker (Milford, Pa.) shined for the Bobcats in the 3k as she picked up a 7th place finish after crossing the line in 10:40.45. Finally, the Bobcats best all-around event came in the one mile run as three Quinnipiac runners scored points with a Top 8 finish. Campbell was the fastest time (5:03.82, 6th) while senior Jessica Soja (5:08.19, 7th) and Savage (5:09.21) all scored for the Bobcats.

Rounding out the day for the Bobcats were two more scorers in Stabile and sophomore Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.). With no 500m dash running at the MAAC Championship, Stabile successfully shifted over to the 400m dash and put together her second-fastest 400m time (57.40 seconds) and a 5th place result. Nabadduka helped the Bobcats score in the 800m dash as she finished in 6th place, crossing the line in 2:17.30, to round out the scoring on the day for Quinnipiac.

Quinnipiac continues their Championship season with the New England Championships next Friday-Saturday at the Boston University Track Center.

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