NEW LONDON, Conn. – On Saturday, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy men's outdoor track and field squad competed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Invite in New London, Conn. Despite finishing ninth overall as a team, the Mariners had several impressive performances individually.
Junior Kevin Young (The Woodlands, Texas) ran an outstanding race at 400-meters with a personal best of 52.13. Freshman Thomas Routt (Ellicott City, Md.) was close behind in his first race at that distance this season, with a clocking of 52.51.
Senior Ethan Van Antwerp (Houston, Texas) had a solid day with personal best performances in two events. He placed eighth in the javelin with a mark of 42.53 meters and 11th in the hammer throw with a toss of 34.56 meters.
The men's 4x100 meter relay team showed marked improvement, placing fourth overall (44.15). The foursome consisted of junior Hunter Karass (Marlboro, N.J.), freshman Tyler McDaniel (Colorado Springs, Colo.), senior Brandon Barrett (Kingwood, Texas) and rookie Mickel McGann (Ocala, Fla.)
"The time of this relay will continue to get much faster as handoffs improve. Training for this event has been quite difficult with our facility under construction. The meets themselves are the only time our relays get to practice handoffs with proper exchange zones. I expect the time to drop significantly each time they run," Head Coach Gregory Lott commented.
The men's 4x400 meter relay squad also had a strong showing with a fourth place finish (3:32.16). The team consisted of Young, Karass, freshman Krzysztof Nowacki (Aurora, Colo.) and Barrett.
Solid performances were also shown by McGann with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meters running into a headwind and placing with a time of 11.48. Freshman Nathan Rogers (South Bend, Wash.) dropped eight seconds off his mark at 1,500-meters from last week, completing the race in 4:23.11. Senior Garret Washington (Chatham, N.Y.) had a very strong performance in the triple jump, placing fourth with a mark of 12.40 meters.
The Mariners return to action on Saturday when they travel to Ewing, N.Y. to compete at the College of New Jersey.