Kings Point, NY – The United States Merchant Marine Academy men's track and field team became the third Mariner squad in the 2012-13 season to be recognized by the Landmark Conference for their superior level of sportsmanship.
"I'm incredibly proud of the way our team has handled themselves throughout the year," said Greg Lott, Head Coach of Track and Field at USMMA. "They are all a shining example of how student-athletes should carry themselves."
Earlier this month, a pair of pole vaulters from the track and field squad were cited by an official for their "Polite, well-mannered, and respectful" demeanor and behavior while competing. The official went on to commend the academy for "supplying young people like this."
"I am proud of our track and field athletes, as well as our coach, for their display of character and professionalism while representing the Merchant Marine Academy," said Athletics Director Sue Petersen Lubow.
The Landmark Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) created a Sportsmanship Cup in the fall of 2009 in an effort to place a special emphasis on sportsmanship with the hope of encouraging positive interaction among competitors, officials, and fans at all sporting events.
The Landmark SAAC Sportsmanship Cup is designed to recognize the Landmark institution that demonstrates the best overall sportsmanship over the course of the year. The Cup is awarded based on a formula that compiles the votes of each Landmark coach with the consultation of their team captains.
Merchant Marine has now won its third sportsmanship award of the 2012-13 season as the soccer and volleyball teams both received the same recognition in the fall of 2012.
A handful of qualifiers from the track and field team will be competing at ECAC Championships this weekend before the team heads to Myrtle Beach South Carolina to open the spring outdoor season at the Coastal Carolina Invitational next week.