April 4, 2014

Bobcats Start Strong at Colonial Relays With Shameal Samuels' 4th Place Finish in 400m, Amanda Faust Posts Top 10 in 10,000m

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A second trip down to Virginia for the Quinnipiac women's outdoor track & field team felt much like the first as the Bobcats stormed out of the gates with some strong performances in their opening day of action at the Colonial Relays hosted by the College of William & Mary. Just one week following an impressive debut at the Fred Hardy Invite from Richmond, Va., the Bobcats' sophomore Shameal Samuels (Hartford, Conn.) was at her best on Friday in her signature event while senior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) ran the fastest 10,000m since Becca White back on May 13, 2011 to earn a solid Top 10 finish.

Samuels appeared to be fully back in mid-season form as she put together a 4th place finish and qualified for the ECAC Championships with her time of 55.40 seconds in the 400m dash. The New England and MAAC Champion in the 400m during the indoor season looked to have everything working on Friday as she finished a full .72 seconds faster than the 5th place runner and was also the second-fastest underclassmen throughout the total field of 64 competitors. Samuels was also the fastest competitor out of a mid-major program as the top three finishers were all from power conferences (Rutgers and Villanova).

Always a consistent and steady force for this Bobcat track program, Faust ran one of the most impressive events in her four-year career as she picked up a 7th place finish out of 28 runners in the 10,000m. Coming off a career-best time in her last 10,000m appearance at the 2013 New England Championships, Faust did one better as she crossed the line in 37.57.77. Her finishing time is the fifth-fastest in program history, landing one spot behind head coach Carolyn Martin's time of 37:39.53 dating back to May 14, 2004.

The third Top 10 finisher on the day for Quinnipiac was their sophomore Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) who came through with a 9th place result in the 800m. Running amongst a crowded field that included several from host William & Mary, Campbell navigated her way through a crowded heat to cross the line in 2:17.07. A new personal-best for Campbell, the time is now the 6th-fastest ever recorded by a Quinnipiac runner in the 800m.

Quinnipiac's fourth and final Top 10 finisher on the day was another sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) who is continuing to show plenty of skill in the 3000m steeplechase. Coming into this season with no steeplechase experience, Savage already picked up the 4th-best time in program history last week and this week she came up with a 9th place finish in the event with a time of 11:24.20. Savage's time this week represents the 6th-fastest in program history as she already is making a mark in what have been her two first career appearances in the specialized event.  

Another consistent and steady performer through the years for Quinnipiac has been graduate student Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.). After redshirting the 2013 outdoor season, Morelli allowed herself one more season of eligibility in 2014 and she is starting to round into midseason form with her performance in the 1500m. Morelli battled through yet another crowded field as she ran in the seeded 1500m event, filled with the meet's top competition whereas compared to the unseeded event. She ended up with a time of 4:44.99, one that just missed the program's all-time Top 10 list for the 1500m.

Quinnipiac will now rest up after a full day of action and prepare for Saturday in what will be a day full of relays as the Bobcats will take part in the distance medley, 4x800m, 4x400m, 4x1500m and 4x200m events.

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