South Huntington, NY – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners were a bit shorthanded at the Molloy College Invitational this past Saturday as many of Merchant Marine's top sprinters were competing in the the NYU Fasttrack Challenge.
Sophomore Ryan Faber had an outstanding day in the jumps with collegiate best marks in both the Long Jump (6.57m) and Triple Jump (12.43m). His mark in the Long Jump currently sits him in the fifth position in the Landmark Conference and places him #13 on the all-time list at USMMA.
In the one mile run, freshman Jason Black ran a 4:43.08 lifetime best to place seventh overall and in the 400m freshman Ian Helis ran a personal best with a solid mark of 54.67s.
The freshman duo of Matt Venanzi and Gus Newkirk placed 11th and 13th respectively in the 800m with personal best marks of 2:05.77 and 2:06.85. Sophomore Matt Pastuszak also ran a season's best mark in the 800m with a time of 2:10.52.
In the Pole Vault, sophomores Bryan Tischler and Trevor Brandt each cleared 3.66m to place second and third respectively at the meet.
Freshman Giovanni Sessoms had a great day in the Weight Throw and Shot Put with two personal best marks. He placed seventh in the Weight Throw with a mark of 11.25m and set a significant personal best mark in the Shot Put with a toss of 11.90m which currently ranks him 11th in the conference.
"It was the last chance for many of our guys to compete this indoor season as we can only bring qualifiers to the Landmark Championships next weekend," said Head Coach Greg Lott. "There were a lot of personal and season bests for our athletes. Everyone competed hard and proved they are ready to go next weekend when it matters most."
The full Mariner squad will be reunited next Saturday February 24 for the Landmark Conference Indoor Championships in Selinsgrove, PA.