Women Continue Assault on the Academy Record Books at Wesleyan University
Kings Point took down four more Academy Records this past Saturday as they competed against some of the top competition in the east in the likes of Wesleyan University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rhode Island College, Connecticut College, Bridgewater State University, SUNY Cobleskill, Easter Connecticut State University, Medgar Evers College and Assumption College at the Wesleyan University Winter Invitational.
For the second week in a row JR Tara Mulligan surpassed the Academy Record in the Weight Throw. After breaking the former barrier by nearly two feet a week ago she added another 10 inches to the mark with a throw of 12.43m. "Tara has really been getting more aggressive in the circle. Her technique is continuously improving," said Head Coach Greg Lott.
Senior Lauren Rattan followed in kind by re-breaking her own Academy mark for the second straight week in the 600m. Rattan crossed the line in 1:46.50 for an improvement of over half a second in her 8th place finish. Rattan then came back on short rest to run a solid race in the 1000m in 3:25.74 which was good for 12th place in the event.
A third Mariner, FR Michelle Danhoff, re-broke her own record this past weekend. Michelle dropped over .4 seconds from her Academy Record in the 60m Hurdles to finish with a time of 11.32. This was just the start of a fantastic day for Danhoff as she shed three seconds off of her best mark in the 200m, finishing with a time of 30.81. Danhoff also teamed with Rattan, FR Amber Kinter and SO Katie Miller to shatter the fourth Academy Record of the day in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR). Their time of 14:38.62 cut twelve seconds off the previous record recorded in 2010.
In addition to running the mile leg of that DMR, Miller also ran the open Mile run in a personal best performance by fifteen seconds. She came across the line in 6:20.90 and was closely followed by FR Baylee Grier who ran a great race herself in dropping nearly twenty seconds off of her best time of the season with a mark of 6:30.98.
Seniors Anna Simons and Renee Hogan had great days themselves and both set personal best marks in their respective events. Simons personal best mark came in the Shot Put with a strong throw of 9.40m in her 11th place finish. Hogan ran to her best in the 5000m coming through the line in 22:32.97. This was her first time under the 23:00 barrier in the event.
"Our ladies have already broken 10 Academy Records in our first three competitions. That is unprecedented and incredibly exciting. We are seeing personal best marks happening all over the place and the girls are thrilled with their season thus far. I just can't wait to see what comes next," exclaimed Head Coach Greg Lott.
Kings Point will have an "off weekend" next week and race again on 2/4 at Dickinson College for the DuCharme Invitational.