Shameal Samuels Becomes QU's First ECAC 400m Finalist; Chelsea Savage Runs Program Record in 1000m at ECAC Championships

BOSTON, Mass. – Recently crowed New England Champion sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) continued her accent by advancing to the 400m finals at the ECAC Championships on Saturday from the Boston Univ. Track Center. Not to be outdone was the performance of her sophomore teammate Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.), who broke a five-year-old program record in the 1000m. The Bobcats' work isn't finished at the ECAC Championships as Samuels will compete in the 400m dash finals at 1:15 pm following Quinnipiac's appearance in the distance medley relay finals at 11:30 am.

Just a week after becoming the 400m New England Champion, Samuels earned a Top 5 finish in the ECAC Championship 400m preliminary to advance to the finals on Sunday. Samuels finished the preliminary with a time of 55.16 seconds which was good enough for 4th place out of 33 of the region's best competitors. She finished just .003 seconds behind the 3rd place finisher, Cornell's Zena Kolliesuah, and was also the fastest underclassmen in an event that featured two seniors and one junior finish ahead of her in the standings. Samuels will take part in the 400m finals against nine other runners as she will look to become the first Bobcat to place at the ECAC Championships in program history.

Continuing a strong day and strong season for the Bobcats was Savage on Saturday as she picked up a program record in the 1000m, besting a record established back on Jan. 31, 2009 by Chelsea Bollerman. Savage competed against a crowded and talented field, as 14 of the top 16 finishers in the event were underclassmen, but still managed to come away with a 15th place result out of 25 runners. She finished the event in 2:55.50, crossing the line a full .65 seconds ahead of Bollerman's previous program record from the 2008-09 season at URI on Jan. 31, 2009.

Nearly missing out on a trip to the finals was junior Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) who landed herself just two spots out of the finals with a 12th place finish in the 500m. Needing to be in the Top 10 to advance out of the preliminaries, Stabile finished just .21 seconds out of 10th place as she crossed the line in 1:14.58.

The final event of the day for Quinnipiac featured the New England Champion 4x400m relay team of Samuels, Stabile, and sophomores Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Kristen Ulrich (Clark, N.J.). A week after coming up with a stunning upset in the event, the Bobcats had nothing to be disappointed of on Saturday as they crossed the line in 13th place out of 17 teams with a time of 3:50.15. That time bested the mark of the prestigious schools Boston College and Liberty as well as representing the 3rd-fastest time in the 4x400m relay in program history.

Samuels and the Bobcats' distance medley relay team will be back in action on Sunday to conclude the 2013-14 Quinnipiac women's indoor track and field season.

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