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February 3, 2013

McGann Re-breaks 60m Record; Falls Just Shy of ECACs

Springfield, MA -- Saturday afternoon at the Springfield Invitational in Springfield, MA, junior Mickel McGann came within just .01 seconds of qualifying for ECAC Championships; breaking his own academy 60m Dash record with a time of 7.11s.

The Meet consisted of eight teams including Springfield, Merchant Marine, Amherst, Trinity, CCNY, Eastern Connecticut State, Manhattanville, and Mt. St Mary.

McGann's mark was good for third overall at the meet and he now hold seven of the 10 best 60m Dash records in USMMA history. 

Freshman Thomas Duncan had a solid outing in the 200m, improving his personal best mark by .35 seconds, winning his heat handedly with a time of 24.37s.  Freshman Jacob Weaver came in third overall in the 400m, besting his personal best time by .65 seconds with a mark of 52.97s.

In the 500m, freshman Dylan Tack also placed third with a new personal best of 1:08.44.  He previously qualified for ECACs for the 500m with 600m time two weeks ago at the Wesleyan Invitational. 

Freshman Andrew Walsh just missed an ECAC qualifying mark and an academy record in the 1K run with time of 2:36.19.  He finished second overall at the meet to Romey Sklar of Amherst and is now number three on the academy all-time list.

In the one mile run, senior Dan Baxter and freshman Matt Venanzi ran well, placing second and eighth respectively with times of 4:34.91 4:48.36.  Baxter's new personal best ranks him 11th all-time at the academy.

Freshman John Weldon placed second overall in the 5k, finishing only behind Erich Voelker of Springfield.  Weldon's mark of 16:45.98 is an indoor peronsal best.

In the 60m Hurdles, sophomore Luke Kolbeck placed fourth overall and 15th don USMMA's all-time list.

The 4x200m relay team of McGann, Weaver, junior Tyler McDaniel, and Thomas Duncan placed second overall, finishing only behind CCNY.  Their time of 1:34.72 gives them the number three spot on the academy top 10 list and is currently the best mark in the Landmark Conference thus far

The Merchant Marine Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team of freshman Brendan Dooley, freshman Gus Newkirk, Walsh, and Baxter placed third with a time of 11:00.79; good for 11th all-time at academy. 

Sophomore Trevor Brandt won the pole vault with a distance of 3.70m.

Long jumpers sophomore Luke Kolbeck, freshman Chase Dwyer, and sophomore Ryan Faber placed third, fourth, and fifth respectively with distances of 6.05m, 6.05m, 6.03m.

Dwyer picked up second overall in the triple jump with a distance of 12.35m and senior Jay Giblin placed fifth in the Shot Put with a distance of 11.23m. 

In the Weight Throw Giblin toppled his personal record by half a meter with a mark of 13.31m.

"While we were a little flat today overall, there were still some big performances," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  I'm particularly happy with Seniors Dan Baxter and Jay Giblin.  Giblin's personal best in the Weight Throw was a drastic improvement; we are going to need that kind of an effort out of him at our conference meet in a couple of weeks.  Baxter ran a 4:34 in the open (Mile) and then came back with a 4:39 split in the DMR. He's never been able to run two sub - 4:40s on the same day; he's really coming along.  It's also great to see how strong we are becoming as a team.  While we don't focus on maximizing points at mid-season meets, it was still nice to see us outperform top-notch programs in Amherst and Trinity."

Merchant Marine will compete in the Susquehanna Invitational next weekend, which includes top programs in the mid-eastern region, such as Dickinson, Messiah, Salisbury, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg, and conference opponent Susquehanna, among others.