September 22, 2010
TRIPLETTHREAT ‘We wouldn’t have been able to split up’ By Kelley Davies Staff Writer
ith “RUNABC” personalized on their Pennsylvania license plate, freshmen Amanda, Brianna, and Christina Faust drove three hours from their hometown, Macungie, Pa., to run for the Quinnipiac women’s cross country team. “The first time we came here, we loved it,” Amanda said. The blond-haired Faust triplets, nicknamed “ABC” due to their initials, first heard about Quinnipiac from former Quinnipiac cross country runner Heather Hoffman. Hoffman graduated from the same high school as the triplets, Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pa. “We knew her mom, and her mom had always told us that Heather loved Quinnipiac,” Christina said. “Her mom said, ‘You need to go check this place out.’ ” Head coach Carolyn Martin, also a former Quinnipiac cross country runner, was a teammate of Hoffman’s. “[Hoffman’s] parents were very friendly with the whole program,” Martin said. “They were the ones who first brought the triplets to our attention. They said, ‘I have triplets for you.’ ” The Fausts were on Quinnipiac’s radar ever since they were freshmen in high school. “We followed them for a while,” Martin said. “My assistant, Roy Harrison, followed them more solely throughout their career. We were thrilled once we knew they were very interested.” Not only did Quinnipiac’s cross country team interest the triplets, but the Physician Assistant Program also contributed to their decision to come to Quinnipiac. The 19-year-old Faust triplets have been together ever since they were born. They were named in the order in which they were born. Amanda, the oldest of the
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The Faust triplets (Christina, Brianna and Amanda) were top recruits for Quinnipiac’s cross country team.
trio, was born at 10:27 p.m. on Sept. 15, 1991, while Brianna followed at 10:28 and then Christina at 10:30. Having been together their entire lives, their college decision came as no surprise. “We wouldn’t have been able to split up,” Christina said. “We are really close. When it came to college, we wanted to stay together.” They came to Quinnipiac as a unit, but they are not completely together when it comes to housing arrangements at Quinnipiac. They are scattered among three different residence halls: Commons, Dana, and Ledges. “The first week was so rough,” Brianna said. “We would call each other to say goodnight.” The trio seems to do everything together. They also played soccer until seventh grade, Amanda said. “We were soccer players, but all the soccer teams were filled up, so our guidance counselor said, ‘Why
don’t you girls run cross country to stay in shape for soccer,’ ” Amanda said. “We did and we found out we liked it.” Christina added: “Back home, running is a big thing with clubs. It’s a huge running community.”
The triplets helped Emmaus win the last three Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Cross Country Team Championships. As teammates and siblings, the triplets rarely ever fight with each other.
“We have our moments and it’s over stupid stuff,” Christina said. “We will be mad at each other for like five minutes.” They seem to get along well and serve as a good support system for each other, especially during races. The sisters run together in the summer, but sometimes it can become a race of their own. “We push each other,” Christina said. “It makes us faster in a workout or even in a race.” The triplets most recently pushed each other to finish in AB-C order at the Quinnipiac Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Amanda, who was recently named NEC Rookie of the Week, finished in second place with a time of 18:41 in the 5,000-meter race. Brianna and Christina followed close behind with times of 18:53 and 19:03, respectively. “We always try to stick together,” Christina said. “Amanda is usually the faster one. Brianna and I try to stick up with her, I try and stick up with Brianna.” Christina has found participating in collegiate cross country to be overwhelming. “As a freshman, you feel like a little fish in a big pond,” Christina said. “But to have [your sisters] in the race too, it’s really fun.”
From left to right: Amanda (2nd place), Brianna (3rd) and Christina Faust (4th) race toward the finish line in Saturday’s Quinnipiac Invitational. Charlotte Greene / Chronicle
Lack of offense haunting Bobcats
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Jillian Strassner (left) scored the game-winning goal against Rhode Island on Sunday. Full story on page 17.
The Quinnipiac men’s soccer team fell short in a bid to capture its first win of the year against Providence Saturday, losing 1-0 on the road. By Andrew Spero The loss at Providence’s Glay Staff Writer Field dropped the Bobcats to 0-4, while the Friars improved to 3-1-1. The Bobcats start their conference schedule Oct. 1 against Monmouth, which beat Quinnipiac in last year’s NEC Championship game, 2-1. The Bobcats failed to cash in on four shots on goal in the first half, opposed to only one by Providence. Senior goalkeeper Jhojan Obando was the difference, turning back each Quinnipiac shot in the half. The Friars picked up their play in the second half, as they broke through in the 64th minute on a goal from sophomore midfielder Wilder Arboleda, his third of the year. Freshman
Anthony Baumann served as the playmaker, crossing the ball in front of Quinnipiac’s net where Arboleda finished from the 6-yard box. The second half 0 goal held up for the Friars, as Quinnipiac the Bobcats couldn’t target any Providence 1 shots on net in the closing half. The Bobcats have mustered just one goal in their first four contests of the season. Sophomore forward Philip Suprise tried to change that as he took three of the team’s combined four shots on goal, firing eight shots overall. Sophomore goalie Josh Lavallee got his first start in net for the Bobcats and stopped five of the six shots sent his way. Quinnipiac hosted Yale late Tuesday afternoon and the game recap can be found on QUChronicle.com. The Bobcats are on the road again this weekend, as they face Stoney Brook Saturday at 6 p.m.
Published on Sep 22, 2010