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Mariners Notch First ECAC Qualifying Mark of 2013

New London, CT -- The United States Merchant Marine Academy men's track and field team reached their first ECAC qualifying time of the year Saturday afternoon at the Coast Guard tri-meet in New London, CT.   

Teams competing in the tri-meet included Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, and Rhode Island College.

Freshman Dylan Tack (Coupeville, WA) ran the 600m in 1:26.69, which converts to a time of 1:25.92 on a 180m track, to nab the first ECAC qualifying time for the Mariners this season, as well as the eighth spot on USMMA's all-time list.  Freshman Gus Newkirk (Plano, TX) also had a strong 600m run with a converted time of 1:33.89, taking fifth place overall. 

Freshman Andrew Walsh (Granville, OH) followed up his Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week performance with another outstanding day, narrowly missing qualifying for the ECACs, placing second overall in the 1000m run.  In his first time running the event, he scored a time of 2:36.99, which is good for third place on the academy's all-time list; the fastest 1000m run for a Mariner in 12 years. 

Mariner one mile runners also had a solid day with senior Daniel Baxter (Cosxackie, NY) and freshman Brendan Dooley (Hebron, KY) running neck and neck down the stretch to place third and fourth overall with respective times of 4:38.49 and 4:38.71.  Both marks placed them second and third in the conference, only behind teammate Walsh.  Baxter and Dooley's times were good for 12th and 13th place all-time at USMMA.

Sophomore Mickel McGann ran the fastest time in the trials and the finals of the 55m Dash, winning with a mark of 6.79s in the finals.  He was followed closely by his teammate, freshman Alex Waterbury, who placed second with a time of 6.98s.  Junior Tyler McDaniel (Colorado Springs, CO) and freshman Thomas Duncan (Orlando, FL) placed fifth and sixth in same event with respective times of 7.17s and 7.36s.

The Mariner 4x200m relay won in dominating fashion with a time of 1:36.33, placing them eighth on the academy's all-time list.  McGann ran a great leadoff leg, giving Merchant Marine a lead they would not relinquish.  Rounding out the relay for the Mariners were freshman Jacob Weaver (Clifton, TX), McDaniel, and Duncan.

Weaver also landed a second overall finish in the 200m with a time of 24.32s.  He was followed closely by fifth, sixth, and seventh place finishers Duncan, Waterbury and McDaniel who had respective times of 24.72s, 24.86s, and 24.90s.

In the 400m, freshman Ian Helis (Carlisle, PA) notched a solid time of 55.18, placing fifth overall.  Freshman Matt Venanzi (Marlton, NJ) took second overall in the 800m.

Mariners' sophomores Trevor Brandt (Stevensville, MD) and Bryan Tischler (Fort Meyers, FL) placed second and third overall in the pole vault.  Brant tied a personal best mark of 3.85m and Tischler finished right behind him with a vault of 3.70m.

Sophomore Luke Kolbeck (Germantown, WI) also had a solid day for the Mariners, winning the meet in the high jump, soaring 1.68m and placing second in the Long Jump, traveling 6.22m.  He also placed third in the 55m hurdles with a time of 8.96s. 

In the triple jump, freshman Chase Dwyer (Pittsburgh, PA) had a great performance of 12.59m which places him 12th on the all-time list at the academy.   

Sophomore Ryan Faber (Littlesppon, PA) had a pair of solid jumps, placing third overall in the Long Jump and Triple Jump with respective distances of 6.11m and 12.16m.

In the Shot Put, senior Jay Giblin (Petaluma, CA) finished second overall with a distance of 12.11m and senior Alex Othmer (Carmel, NY), in his first collegiate track meet, placed fourth with a mark 11.88m.

"Our team is really starting to take form," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "There were some absolutely fantastic performances, including our first ECAC qualifying mark of the season.  I'm very pleased with the overall efforts of the team. "

The Mariners continue their indoor track and field season when they head to Middletown, CT for the Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19.