March 29, 2014

Four Bobcats Combine for Victory in 4x800m Relay While Two Compete in First Throwing Event in Program History at Fred Hardy Invitational

RICHMOND, Va. – If the remainder of the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track and field schedule is as successful for the Bobcats as it was on Saturday, the primed for another record-breaking season as they enter their first year as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Bobcats could be found up-and-down the result list in events that five years prior, Quinnipiac had no realistic chance of competing. Two local products in sophomore Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Conn.) and freshman Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.) made Quinnipiac history competing in the javelin event at the Fred Hardy Invitational, becoming the first two Bobcats to ever compete in a throwing event in program history. Also leading the way on Saturday was a group of four Bobcat runners who combined to land a victory in the 4x800m relay event.

In one of the fastest transformations of any athletic program at Quinnipiac, the women's outdoor track and field team has evolved from exclusively running into a true all-around program with athletes now openly competing in all field disciplines for the first time ever. Mears becomes the program's all-time record holder with a throw of 31.09m while Reid finished not far behind her sophomore teammate with distance of 29.11m on her throwing attempt.

Quinnipiac's evolution has also come on the track as their New England Championship in the 4x400m relay during the indoor season proved the Bobcats have what it takes to stack four runners against top-notch talent and compete for titles. That acquired team relay success has already translated into the outdoor season as senior Val Zielinski (Hackettstown, N.J.), graduate student Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior Katy Petrie (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) combined for a 1st place finish in the 4x800m relay from Richmond on Saturday. The Bobcats' foursome bested eight other teams to land themselves in first place with a time of 9:28.07, more than seven seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Rutgers.

One of the Bobcats' strong suits throughout the years has been their proficiency to build a large strong contingent of distance runners and the 2014 squad is no different. Sophomore Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) showed what she is capable of as she picked up a 2nd place finish in the 3000m with a time of 10:12.59. Campbell's blazing time is good enough for the 8th-fastest 3000m in program history. She was followed closely by senior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) and graduate student Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.), who finished in 8th and 9th, respectively.

Coming off her New England Championship and amazing sophomore indoor season, sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) was back at it on Saturday as she finished in 9th place in her signature event (400m) with a time of 57.22 seconds. Several more Bobcat underclassmen performed well in the 400m as sophomore Nia Baker (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished the event in 20th place with a time of 58.65 seconds, Reid crossed the line in 27th place (59.87 seconds) and freshman Alyson Caron (Andover, N.J.) was great in her outdoor debut with a 40th place finish (1:01.51).

Headlining the Bobcats' effort in the sprint events was their sophomore Alea Simons (Piscataway, N.J.) who kicked the day off with a 48th place result out of 73 runners in the 200m (27.60 seconds) and she also was a 17th place finisher out of 45 competitors in the 100m (12.87 seconds).

Quinnipiac will next head down to Williamsburg, Virginia for their next competition at the Colonial Relays held from Friday, April 5-6.

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