The men of the Merchant Marine competed in a stellar fashion against the USCGA, Connecticut College and Rhode Island College at the United Staes Coast Guard Invitational this past Saturday. While the tight turns on the 180m track don't yield to particularly fast times that didn't hold back the Mariners from some great performances.
Freshman Chris Cook had a monster of a day winning the Long Jump with a new Personal Best mark of 6.47m, placing 2nd in the Triple Jump 12.58m, 2nd in the 55m with a time of 6.86 seconds and the fastest 4x400m relay split of the meet which he achieved on the opening leg (51.9). "Chris is really starting to develop. He is proving to be very coachable and I am excited to see where he will be at by the season's end", said Head Coach Greg Lott after the competition.
The sprinters and jumpers had a particularly strong day for the Mariners. In addition to Cook's 2nd place finish in the 55m, two additional Mariners made the finals as well. Senior Andrew Coatsworth placed 7th (6.94 in the trials and 6.98 in the finals) and Freshman Dario Delgado placed 8th (7.05 in the trials and 7.01 in the finals). Coatsworth came back in the 200m and ran an exceptionally quick race for this particular track crossing the line in 2nd place in a time of 24.47. Senior Kevin Young and Freshman Tomas Sanchez made a tactical error, getting boxed in for their 400m race. They were both however able to recover nicely finishing in 4th and 5th place with times of 53.48 and 53.68 respectively. The trio of Freshman Pole Vaulters (Bryan Tischler, Trevor Brandt and Preston Banker) showed strong improvement placing 2nd, 3rd and 5th in the meet with marks of 3.55m, 3.55m and 3.40m.
The Mariners miler's raced in the event for the first time this season with some very solid results. Junior Daniel Baxter and Freshman David McGowan ran smart races and placed 4th and 6th in the largest field of any event at the meet other than the 55m. Baxter opened with a 4:44.35 and McGowan crossed the line in 4:45.88, several seconds ahead of where any Mariner finished a season ago at this meet.
Junior Jay Giblin and Senior Ed Logan represented the throwers with a pair of 3rd place finishes in the Weight Throw and Shot Put. Giblin's mark of 12.16m in the Weight Throw was his second straight Personal Best mark. Logan's throw of 12.30m was the first meet of his collegiate career and a great start.
Head Coach Greg Lott was excited after the meet stating, "While we do not focus on maximizing points or a team finish at early season meets, when the host scores out the meet it still gives us a nice bench mark of where we are at as a team. Last year at the same competition with the same schools, USCG put 140 more points on the board than we did. This year, we were a mere 31 points behind them. It showed that we have raised our program to their level. If we had gone into this meet placing people in certain spots to garner the highest point output we walk away with more points than them."
The Mariners will head to Wesleyan University for their winter invitational next Saturday, 1/21.