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Merchant Marine Continues to Break Records

Selinsgrove, PA -- The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's track and field team continued to shatter academy records this past weekend at the Susquehanna Invitational in Selinsgrove, PA.

The meet consisted of high caliber teams throughout the northeast, including several of the nation's top-ranked athletes.  Programs competing at the meet included Salisbury, Roanoke, Messiah, Dickinson, Gettysburg, D-I Loyola-MD, Elizabethtown, York (PA), Frostburg State, Pitt-Johnstown, Gallaudet, Hagerstown Community College, Moravian, Susquehanna, Catholic, and Goucher.

Senior Gretchen Holoubek (Saverna Park, MD) set a new USMMA record in the 5K, topping the old mark by a full 10 seconds.  Her time of 19:04.50 bested the mark Samantha Skeens 05' set in 2005, narrowly missing an ECAC qualifier.  Holoubek's time was good for a third overall finish at the meet.

In the 60m, senior Jessica Tyack (Lake Isabella, CA) had a stellar day also breaking an academy record with a time of 8.71s, shaving .35s off of the previous top mark.  She also notched a lifetime best distance in the Triple Jump, placing sixth overall with a mark of 10.14m; only being bested by one Landmark Conference opponent.  Tyack's Triple Jump was the second best in academy history, placing only behind former All-American and National Champion Ana Maly '93. 

Tyack also led off the 4x200m relay, breaking the third USMMA record of the day, besting the previous mark by half a second with a time of 2:01.11.  Along with Tyack, the relay team consisted of freshmen Nicole Mautino (Bethlehem, PA), Kate Stanislaw (West Lawn, PA), and Gloria Mahoney (Atlanta, GA). 

Stanislaw also had a solid individual day, finishing the 60m in 9.28s; which is the third fastest time in academy history.  She just missed personal best mark in 200m with a time of 31.48s.

Also in the 200m, Mautino just edged out Stanislaw in setting a new personal record with a time of 31.38s.

In the Weight Throw, senior Tara Mulligan (Monroe, NY) had another strong outing, placing fourth overall with a toss of 12.85m.

Junior Chelsea Tapper (Brooklyn, NY) had a personal best run in 800m with a time of 2:48.16 and ran even faster in her leg of the 4x800m relay (2:45.00) as she teamed up with Mahoney, junior Kathryn Miller, and freshman Emily Bull (Glen Rock, PA) to run the fastest 4x800m relay of the day with a mark of 11:32.69. 

"The ladies just keep performing well every week," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "They look like they're starting to peak at the right time."

USMMA will be headed to the Molloy College Invitational Friday February 15, for a tune up before the Landmark Conference Championships the following weekend.