April 27, 2013

4 x 800m Relay Squad Posts Outdoor School Record to Cap Women's Track's Effort at Penn Relays

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – After already breaking two school records on Friday, the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track team capped their stint at the illustrious Penn Relays on Saturday with yet another record-breaking run. The 4 x 800m relay team was the only Bobcat group in action on Saturday and the squad put together a sensational run that beat an eight-year-old outdoor record. The Bobcats will certainly look to carry the positive momentum into next weekend's NEC Championships.

"We were very excited to be running here today," said Quinnipiac women's outdoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "It was a great experience for this young group to have. We are certainly hoping to break out indoor-best next weekend at the NEC Championships."

Just a couple days after the Bobcats broke the outdoor school records in the 3000m steeplechase with an incredible run from senior Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) and the distance medley relay, Quinnipiac continued their remarkable weekend stretch with an inspired group effort. The group of freshmen Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) and Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.), sophomore Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) crossed the line in 9:10.32. The foursome bested the previous outdoor school record of 9:10.54 which had stood for eight years as it was established back on May 13, 2005. The indoor record of 9:05 still stands as the school record but this mark is the most-impressive Quinnipiac has seen on the outdoor surface in program history. The Bobcats were in competition with several powerhouse track programs including Penn, Oregon, Villanova, and LSU but competed and clocked in with a 29th-place result out of 38 teams.

After a very successful weekend down in Philadelphia alongside some of the world's greatest athletes at the most-prestigious track event other than the Olympics, Quinnipiac will look to build on their success with the NEC Championships looming next weekend. The competitions will be held on Saturday through Sunday at Kessler Field down in West Long Branch, N.J., home of the Monmouth Hawks.

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