Merchant Marine Reaches New Season Highs at Greyhound Invitational

Jason Black
Jason Black

Bethlehem, PA – The United States Merchant Marine Academy men's track and field team set a couple of new season highs this past weekend at the Greyhound Invitational in Bethlehem, PA.

A total of 21 teams competed on a very windy Saturday; including seven D-I schools (Lehigh, Lafayette, Rider, Monmouth, Colgate, Wagner, & St. Francis), a pair of D-II schools (Merrimack & Kutztown), and 10 D-III schools (USMMA, Moravian, Franklin & Marshall, TCNJ, Muhlenberg, Messiah, Rutgers-Camden, DeSales, York (PA), New Paltz, Essex CC, & Union CC).

While conditions weren't favorable for athletes to achieve their best marks, the Mariners competed well to tune up for Landmark Conference Championships next weekend.

The 4x400m relay team of junior Tyler McDaniel (Colorado Springs, CO), freshman Ian Helis (Carlisle, PA), freshman Tomas Sanchez (Okinawa, Japan), and freshman Jacob Weaver (Clifton, TX) reached a new high mark for the Landmark Conference this season with a time of 3:26.49. 

After finishing fourth overall at the meet, Head Coach Greg Lott noted, "We have finally found the right combination and order of guys; they are poised to run very fast next week."

The 4x100m relay consisting of freshman Alex Waterbury, McDaniel, Weaver, and freshman Thomas Duncan (Orlando, FL) placed sixth overall with a time of 44.08s.  Individually, McDaniel and Waterbury also had their fastest 100m times of the season finishing in 11.50s (13th) and 11.64s (24th) respectively.

USMMA placed four runners in the top 25 of the Steeplechase with freshman Brendan Dooley (Hebron, KY), freshman Jason Black (Sigonella, Italy), senior Mason Fonseca (San Antonio, TX), and sophomore Anthony Konecni (Boise, ID) finishing seventh, ninth, 16th, and 24th respectively with times of 10:10.49, 10:14.69, 10:33.61, and 10:56.36.

In the 400m, a strong wind hit the home stretch which slowed down the field, hurting their times.  Sanchez placed ninth overall with a time of 50.78s, while Weaver placed 14th with a time of 51.62s.

Freshman Andrew Walsh set a new personal best record in the 800m with a time of 2:00.75; good for 19th overall, while Senior Daniel Baxter (Cosxackie, NY) ran his second best ever 1500m with a mark of 4:08.91; good for 14th place.

In the 5000m, sophomore David McGowan (Clarksville, MD) set a new personal high with a time of 16:15.00 to finish 22nd, while freshman Nathan Robbins had a solid debut in the Discus Throw with a distance of 34.17m (112'01") for 27th place.

The Mariners will head to Goucher College next weekend for Landmark Championships.