USMMA Adds another Landmark Conference Leader

Chelsea Tapper
Chelsea Tapper

New London, CT – Senior Gretchen Holoubek (Saverna Park, MD) grabbed the top Landmark Conference spot in the one mile run for the United States Merchant Marine Academy women's track and field team Saturday afternoon at the Coast Guard tri-meet in New London, CT.

Teams competing in the tri-meet included Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, and Rhode Island College.

Holoubek won the event by over five seconds with a time of 5:33.23 which converts to 5:32.20 on a 180m track; the fastest one mile run by a female Mariner since 2005.  It also lands her the top spot so far this season in the conference, and bests her personal record by 17 seconds.  The mark places her seventh all-time on the academy list, behind only Callie Beeler '05 and Chrissy Anderson '02 who combine to hold the top six spots.

Freshman Emily Bull (Glen Rock, PA) also had a strong one mile run, placing sixth overall with a time of 6:31.07.

Mariner throwers has a solid outing with senior Amanda Gavrun (Pompton Lakes, NJ) breaking her personal best Shot Put record with a distance of 9.65m; placing her 10th on the academy's all-time list behind only All-American and USMMA Athletic Hall-of-Famer Ana Maly '93 who holds the top nine throws.   

Senior Tara Mulligan (Monroe, NY) placed third overall in the Weight Throw with a distance of 12.88m, giving her the third best all-time Weight Throw in academy history.  Mulligan also holds the top two spots, as well as nine of the top 10.

In the 4x200m relay, senior Jessica Tyack (Lake Isabella, CA), freshman Nicole Mautino (Bethlehem, PA), freshman Kate Stanislaw (Westlawn, PA), and senior Christie Gallo (Mesa, AZ) finished with a time of 2:02.86; good for the second fastest mark in USMMA history.

Gallo also ran in the 200m and the 55m Dash, placing third and fifth respectively with times of 32.49s and 8.96s.

In the 400m, freshman Gloria Mahoney (Atlanta, GA) and Stanislaw finished second and third overall with respective times of 1:11.81 and 1:16.86.  In the 600m, junior Chelsea Tapper (Brooklyn, NY) and junior Kathryn Miller placed third and fourth respectively with times of 2:04.98 and 2:06.02; good for sixth and seventh best in academy history. 

Mautino qualified for the finals in the 55m Hurdles with a time of 10.59s, good for seventh place on the all-time academy list.

"We had most of our girls back competing with a few still trying to get healthy," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "It's nice to have them, and I'm very happy with the effort overall; especially some of our seniors in Gretchen, Tara, and Amanda who really had some outstanding performances."

The Mariners continue their indoor track and field season when they head to Middletown, CT for the Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19.