Shameal Samuels Cruises to School Record and Top Spot in 400m Prelims at Day One of New England Championships
EASTON, Mass. – The strong late-season surge for the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track team continued on Friday where two more school records fell and two Bobcats qualified for individual finals on Saturday from the New England Championships at W.B. Mason Stadium. Freshman Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) starred in the preliminaries with a Quinnipiac indoor and outdoor track program record while sophomore Becca Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) joined Samuels in qualifying for their respective event finals to be held on Saturday. The Bobcats find themselves tied for 16th place out of 21 teams after the first day of action with three points while UMass Amherst and Tufts are currently tied atop the leader board with 26 team points.
"I thought it was another great day of racing especially in some really hot and muggy conditions today," said Quinnipiac women's outdoor track head coach Carolyn Robin. "Shameal and Becca both ran great and Sam (Stabile) just keeps getting better with every meet."
The 400m run Samuels posted today in qualifying is the fastest Quinnipiac has ever seen in both the indoor and outdoor record books. After having already broken the outdoor record three times prior to the New England Championships, Samuels came through with a 55.27 second 400m time. It was the first time in school history a Bobcat had ever run the event in under 56 seconds and it also put Samuels atop the qualifying leader board after Day One action. Samuels will come into the finals on Saturday with the best starting position looking to continue up her incredible run.
Becca Stabile also impressed on Saturday with her time in the 400m hurdles to earn her a spot in the finals tomorrow. Becca crossed the finish line in 1:02.2 in the preliminary stage to place her with eight others in the finals. Her time was the fifth-fastest of all 33 competitors from schools all across New England.
Coming into the year as the 200m school record holder, junior Samantha Stabile (Haverhill, Mass.) had her record broken twice by Samuels prior to today's action. Samantha finishes the year just the way it started as she posted a time of 25.79 seconds in the 200m preliminary round to become the first Bobcat ever to run the event in under 26 seconds. The time wasn't good enough to advance her to the finals but it was the 16th fastest among a talented field of 25 runners.
The Faust family contingent later got involved in the action starting with junior Brianna Faust (Macungie, Pa.) as she finished with a personal-best 17:45.62 in the 5000m run. The time was just five seconds short of placing in the top-eight and earning her team some points but Brianna led her heat wire-to-wire and still was able to run the best event of her career. Her twin sister junior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) was the only Bobcat to place on the afternoon as her 38:48.21 in the 10,000m earned her a sixth place finish out of 23 runners and three points for Quinnipiac. It is also Amanda's best finish of her career and the first time she has placed ever at the New England Championships.
Quinnipiac will compete in their final action of the 2013 season tomorrow from W.B. Mason Stadium with the finals of the 400m and 400m hurdles in addition to the 1500m where freshman Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.), senior Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) and junior Jessica Soja (Simsbury, Conn.) will all compete. The Bobcats will also field senior Andrea Szarkowicz (Watertown, Conn.) and junior Christina Faust (Macungie, Pa.) in the 3000m steeplechase and then two different relays in the 4 x 400m and 4 x 800m will wrap up the day for Quinnipiac.
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