WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – After the final whistle blew on Day One of the Northeast Conference Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Bobcats found a great deal of success throughout the afternoon on their way to 12 points, good enough for seventh place out of the 12 competing programs. The Quinnipiac women's outdoor track 4 x 800m relay earned eight of the team's 12 points with a second-place finish on Saturday while four Bobcats all advanced to the finals of the 1500m on Sunday. Monmouth University currently leads with 87 points after Day One action.
"Overall we really had a great first day," said Quinnipiac women's outdoor track head coach Carolyn Martin. "We competed out there and some of these girls were running in their first Championship meet so we are really looking forward to some more exciting races to come tomorrow."
After the dust finally settled on Saturday's action, a majority of which was spent on the field events and preliminary heats for the finals tomorrow, Quinnipiac has runners advancing to the finals of the 1500m, 800m, 400m and 400m hurdles. Several other events including the 3000m steeplechase, 5000m, and 4 x 400m relay will also be contested tomorrow with several Bobcats in the running to place in those events as well.
The day ended in triumph for the Bobcats as the 4 x 800m relay squad of seniors Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Hannah Donadio (Killingworth, Conn.) along with sophomore Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) and freshman Medinah Nabadduka (Windsor, Conn.) all combined to finish in second place with a time of 9:15.04. In what was the final event of the day, the result was a mere 2.57 seconds behind the powerhouse Monmouth and was less than five seconds away from the outdoor program record established just a week ago at the Penn Relays. The result earned Quinnipiac eight big points on the team leader board.
Earlier in day's action, the Bobcats placed twice in the 10,000m run as junior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) and graduate student Martha Santandreu (Hamburg, N.Y.) finished in seventh and eighth place, earning three combined points in the team standings. This marked the first time in Faust's career she placed in the NEC Championships as her time of 38:40.16 was also good for a personal-best. Santandreu also recorded a personal-best with her time of 38:59.87 as she finishes in eighth position in the NEC Championships for the second straight year.
The third and final event wherein the Bobcats placed on the day was the high jump after junior Samantha Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) tallied 1.56m to finish eighth on the individual leader board and earner the Bobcats one point.
The four preliminary heats in which the Bobcats advanced on Saturday were also highlighted by some great individual efforts starting with the group of four Quinnipiac runners advancing to the 1500m finals. Freshman Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) and junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) both ran the fastest 1500m of any Bobcat this season as they each finished with the same time of 4:43.33. It was a personal-best for both runners in the event as their preliminary times were good for fourth and fifth in the overall standings. Morelli and fellow senior classmate Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.) will be joining Campbell and Soja in the finals after they ran 4:45.74 and 4:49.09, respectively. This will be the first finals appearance in the NEC Championship for both Morelli and Humphreys.
Just a week after setting the school record in the 400m hurdles, sophomore Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) was at it again on Saturday as she clocked a 1:02.72 in her signature event, besting her six-day-old program record of 1:02.77. Less than a second away from the ECAC Qualifying time of 1:02.04, Becca Stabile's finishing time on Saturday was good for fourth place on the individual leader board.
As she's done all season, freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) continued to impress in the 400m preliminaries as she won her heat in convincing fashion with a 56.62 second time. She was one of only three competitors to run below 57 seconds in the 400m preliminaries as she certainly will be in the running for first place in the finals on Sunday.
Finally, the 800m group had one qualifying for the finals in Nabadduka who ran the fastest 800m time of any Bobcat this season at 2:14.56. She will move on to the finals on Sunday and was nearly joined in the finals group by Petrie who posted a personal-best time of 2:17.
The Bobcats will be back and at it tomorrow as they will look to continue to move up the points standings and finish the season strong in Day Two action from Kessler Field at Monmouth University.
Women's Team Standings At the Conclusion of Day One (7 Events Scored
|3||Mount St. Mary's||31|
|4||Central Conn. St.||25|
|8||St. Francis (N.Y.)||8|
|10||St. Francis (Pa.)||7|
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