April 3, 2011

Women's Outdoor Track Competes At Bryant Invitational

Smithfield, R.I. - Junior Julie Lanning (Victor, N.Y.) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the Quinnipiac University women's outdoor track team competed at the Bryant University Track and Field Invitational on Saturday, April 2.

Quinnipiac was led by Lanning, who took first place in the 3k steeplechase, with a time of 11:30.88. The meet was also highlighted in the 5,000-meter run, where sophomore Becca White (Natick, Mass.) finished in second place in 17:27.28.

The Bobcats also saw good performances in the 1,500-meter run. Morgan Roche (Clifton Park, N.Y.) finished in 10th place overall in 4:52.39, while senior Kristen Stevens (Succasunna, N.J.) placed 12th in 4:53.85. Sophomore Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) ran the 1,500 meters in 5:01.00, while fellow sophomore Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Conn.) finished immediately after Szarkowicz, in a personal best, 5.01.29.

Sophomore Grace Harvey (Clinton, N.J.) made her mark in the Quinnipiac's history books, as she competed in the 100-meter hurdles. Harvey finished with a time of 18.94 as the first Quinnipiac women's track athlete to participate in the event. In addition, freshman Renne Lapierre (Smithfield, R.I.) cleared 4.6 feet in the women's high jump.

"Overall, I think we had some strong performances today," said Quinnipiac Head Coach Carolyn Martin. "We're still trying to get back into racing outside, so I think within the next couple of weeks we'll be able to see a better picture of how we should perform at the NEC Championships."

Quinnipiac returns to action when it participates at the University of Massachusetts Invitational on Saturday, April 9 in Amherst, Mass. starting at noon.