April 19, 2014

Tracy Campbell Dominates in the 1500m as Women's Outdoor Track & Field Close Out Larry Ellis Invitational

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Quinnipiac University women's outdoor track and field team finished competition at the Larry Ellis Invitational with one of the best 1500m runs the program has ever seen. Sophomore Tracy Campbell (Wall Township, N.J.) shined in her home state with the third-fastest 1500m in program history and the fastest since 2007 to highlight the Bobcats' effort in the meet held at Princeton University on Saturday.

One of the most versatile runners on this 2013-14 Bobcat squad, Campbell has herself in the Top 10 all-time for three individual events: 800m, 1500m and 3000m. Head coach Carolyn Martin called on her standout sophomore in the 1500m on Saturday and it certainly was the right choice as she busted out with the 3rd-fastest time in program history. Campbell crossed the line with a 3rd place finish out of 20 runners on Saturday and looked up to see a finishing time of 4:37.45. She bested her own previous personal best of 4:41.76 by more than three seconds and also represented the fastest Bobcat in the 1500m since Jenna Nechamen posted a 4:37.37 on May 15, 2007 at Dartmouth. Also competing in the 1500m on Saturday was graduate student Rachel Morelli (Philadelphia, Pa.) as she came through with a solid time of 4:45.17 to cross the finish line in 15th place overall.

Another bright spot on the day for the Bobcats was in another long distance event as four Bobcats performed very well in the 3000m run. Sophomore Chelsea Savage (Pembroke, Mass.) led the way for Quinnipiac with a 4th place finish out of 13 runners. Savage's time of 10:14.40 also represented a new personal best for another versatile Bobcat as she also entered the Top 10 3000m times in program history as she bested Susan Ashe's 10:14.77 to move into 10th place on the all-time record list. Also performing well in the 3000m on Saturday was graduate student Jill Humphreys (Burlington, Mass.) who placed 7th with a time of 10:26.87 while freshman Cameron Chaplen (Thomaston, Conn.) placed 9th (10:43.01) and senior Amanda Faust (Macungie, Pa.) finished right behind in 10th place (10:50.75).

The Bobcats' two javelin throwers in sophomore Jennifer Mears (Vernon, Conn.) and freshman Cori Reid (Old Saybrook, Conn.) were both in action on Saturday and tossed 30.38m and 23.55m, respectively. The final event that saw a Bobcat competitor was the 800m as graduate student Christine Donnelly (Philadelphia, Pa.) picked up a 30th place finish with a time of 2:23.81.

Quinnipiac will now prepare for the notorious Penn Relays from April 24-26 and will return home for the Yale Springtime Invitational wherein the Bobcats will honor their Senior Class before the start of the meet at 11:00 a.m.

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