The Mariners started off their season in stellar fashion with an overall meet victory against the D-II and D-III schools participating at the Delaware Invitational this past Friday. The men scored 198 points besting 2nd place Lincoln University (125 points), Ursinus College (78), Wesley College (35), Holy Family University (32) and Hood College (8). Also competing alongside the Mariners, but scored separately, were D-I opponents Villanova, St. Joseph's University, University of Delaware and Delaware State.
The Mariners had many solid performances to start off the year and showed strong depth across the event groups. Junior Jay Giblin lead the way in the throws placing 2nd in the Weight Throw with a mark of 12.03m. This personal best performance was also further than any throw from a Kings Pointer throughout the 2010-2011 season. Freshman Tomas Sanchez ran a fantastic leg in the 4x400m relay closing a large gap and passing an opponent from D-I St. Joseph's University. The team consisting of Seniors Kevin Young, Hunter Karass, Richard Shelest and Sanchez placed 2nd overall in a time of 3:37.41. Sanchez and team Co-Captain Young also ran to a great finishes individually in the 400m and 500m. Sanchez came in 5th with a clocking of 53.69 in the 400m while Young placed 2nd in the 500m with a time of 1:10.09. The freshman duo of Alex Megeff and David McGowan had a started off their track careers on the right foot taking the top two spots in the 1000m with times of 2:53.22 and 2:53.65 respectively.
"I was thrilled with the way the our guys started off the season. There were some very good performances, especially considering only having two practice days since returning from winter break. I think this will set us up very nicely for the rest of the indoor season", stated Head Coach Greg Lott after the meet.
The Mariners will travel to the United States Coast Guard Academy next Saturday for a Quad meet against USCG, Connecticut College and Rhode Island College.