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January 21, 2013

McGann Sprints into the Record Books

Middletown, CT – Junior Mickel McGann (Ocala, FL) broke the United States Merchant Marine Academy 60m Dash record Saturday afternoon as the Mariners competed at the Wesleyan Invitational in Middletown, CT.

The meet consisted of 14 teams including Amherst College, Stevenson, Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Rhode Island College, and Division-II Franklin Pierce, among others.

McGann ran a 7.22s in the 60m trials, third best at Merchant Marine, easily earning his spot in the finals.  In the finals, he placed second overall, only bested by D-II sprinter Mike Abrams, setting the academy record in the process with a time of 7.17s; the third fastest 60m run this year in the Landmark Conference.

Additionally, McGann set the pace for the 4x400 relay team, running the first leg, and giving the Mariners an early lead as they would go on to win in dominating fashion.  With a time of 3:38.89, they defeated D-II Franklin Pierce by a full nine seconds.  

Also on the relay team were freshmen Jacob Weaver (Clifton, TX), Andrew Walsh (Granville, OH), and Dylan Tack (Coupeville, WA) who also had impressive individual performances on the day.

Prior to the 4x400 race, Tack improved his ECAC qualifying mark in the 600m with a time of 1:25.16, he placed second overall at the meet and moved up to fourth overall on the academy list.  Walsh ran a great mile in 4:28.63, good for fifth overall at the meet and placing him seventh on the Merchant Marine all-time list.   Walsh currently sits second in the conference behind all-American Don Noble of Moravian.

In the 400m, Weaver placed sixth, setting an indoor personal record of 53.62s, dropping nearly a second off his time from earlier in the season.

Sophomore Luke Kolbeck (Germantown, WI) had a terrific overall day placing 14th on USMMA's all-time list in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 9.49s; finishing sixth at the meet.  He also placed third overall in the High Jump with a personal best of 1.75m and fifth overall in Long Jump with a mark 6.19m. 

In the Triple Jump, freshman Chase Dwyer (Pittsburgh, PA) finished second overall improving his season best mark to 13.60m and in the Weight Throw, senior Jay Giblin (Petaluma, CA) upped his personal best mark to 12.59m, placing sixth overall.

Senior Dan Baxter (Cosxackie, NY) improved his personal best time in the one mile to 4:35.70, giving him the number 12 spot on the academy's all-time list.  Freshman Alex Waterbury and junior Tyler McDaniel (Colorado Springs, CO) both performed well in the 200m finishing eighth and 11th respectively with times of 24.08s and 24.31s. 

Additionally, freshman Gus Newkirk (Plano, TX) placed 11th in the 600, with a personal best of time of 1:29.69, freshman Jason Black (Sigonella, Italy) finished seventh overall in the 5k with a time of 16:53.78, sophomore Trevor Brandt (Stevensville, MD) placed third in the pole vault with a mark 3.65m, and sophomore Bryan Tischler (Fort Meyers, FL) placed ninth in the shot put with personal best of distance 11.38m.

"It was really an outstanding day for our men's team," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "We're starting to become a lot more balanced across all the event groups; which is great to see.  I really like how we look as a team right now."

The Mariners have the next weekend off and are preparing to head up to Springfield College on Feb. 2 for an invitational against some of the region's top competition.