Bethlehem, PA – The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's track and field team set a Landmark Conference high and re-broke an academy record 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.
Senior Gretchen Holoubek (Severna Park, MD) ran the fastest 1500m in the Landmark Conference this season with a time of 4:51.67, breaking her personal record by a full four seconds. She narrowly missed setting a new academy record and qualifying for ECAC Championships; placing fifth overall at the meet and third among D-III competitors.
In the 4x100m relay, the team of sophomore Michelle Danhoff (Berlington, WI), senior Jessica Tyack (Lake Isabella, CA), freshman Gloria Mahoney (Atlanta, GA), and freshman Kate Stanislaw (West Lawn, PA) broke the USMMA record with a time of 54.67s; good for 11th place.
The 4x400m team of Mahoney, Holoubek, Danhoff, and Stanislaw finished with a time of 4:28.50; as Holoubek earned her best ever split time of 1:03.6.
Tyack had a big day as well, finishing 11th overall and third among D-III opponents in the Triple Jump with a distance of 10.36m (34'), setting a new personal record in the 100m with a time of 13.50s; just missing the academy record by .10s.
Other notable results included Mahoney setting a new personal best in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 1:14.10 and Stanislaw setting a new high mark in the 100m with a mark of 14.76s.
In the Hammer Throw, senior Tara Mulligan (Monroe, NY) placed ninth overall and third among D-III competition with a distance of 39.87m (130'10") and freshman Anya Hovanic set a new personal best mark with a throw of 29.12m (95'6").
Sophomore Elizabeth Coulter (Thousand Oaks, CA) and Hovanic both ran the 5000m event for the first time season as Hovanic finished with a time of 19:47.37 and Coulter in 21:46.08.
The Mariners will head to Goucher College next weekend for Landmark Championships.