WEST POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's track and field team began their 2011 outdoor season with a strong showing in the non-scoring event at West Point. In spite of some very brutal conditions that affected the times for all the participants involved.
With high winds and low to mid 30-degree temperatures during the two day event. Senior Garret Washington (Chatham, N.Y.) completed in his first decathlon in outstanding fashion. With 11 of the 13 competitors coming from Division I schools, the Chatham native placed 8th overall.
"It was a great experience for Garret to get through his first decathlon competition," Head Coach Gregory Lott said. "His solids efforts give him something to grow on for future multi-event competitions."
Seniors Jerry Dodson and Warren Tucker (Chatham, N.Y.) completed in the 10000 meter race of the season and finished second and third place respectively, with times of 36:42.54 and 36:42.56.
The Kings Point 4 x 400 meter relay team of Kevin Young (The Woodlands, Texas), Hunter Karass (Marlboro, N.J.) , Krysztof Nowacki (Aurora, Colo.) and Brandon Barrett (Kingwood, Texas) placed fifth overall in the meet with a time of 3:37.71.
Freshman Thomas Routt (Ellicott City, Md.) finished ninth in the 800 meter race. Considering the conditions the Ellicott City native finished with a clocking of 2:03.93. Senior Ethan Van Antwerp (Houston, Texas) placed 14th overall in his first ever competition in throwing the hammer. The Houston native recorded a throw of 34.44 meters.
"It is great to get our outdoor season started: the team really enjoyed going to a fellow service Academy in West Point for the competition," Head Coach Gregory Lott commented. "While the conditions made it tough to have good performances, I'm very pleased with the efforts exhibited by our team."
Head Coach Gregory Lott and the Mariners return action on Saturday, April 2, as they take on arch-rival Coast Guard in New London, Conn.