USMMA had an outstanding day of competition at the Susquehanna Invitational on Sunday. The Mariners competed against Salisbury University, Susquehanna University, Towson University, The Catholic University, York College (PA), Goucher College, Frostburg State University, University of Pittsburgh – Johnstown, Moravian College, McDaniel College and Stevenson College.
The men had several overall meet winners and many personal bests throughout the day. The meet ended on a very high note as the 4x400m relay team on Seniors Hunter Karass, Richard Shelest, Kevin Young and Freshman Tomas Sanchez took over with yet another outstanding victory. The race was reminiscent of last week as the Mariners won in a dominating fashion by over three seconds, this time over second place Frostburg State. Their time of 3:31.19 was the fastest relay of the indoor season by any team in the Landmark Conference.
Individually, FR Chris Cook had another fantastic day and lead the way for the Mariners with individual meet victories in the 200m, Long Jump and a third place finish in the Triple Jump. Cook's time in the 200m of 23.43 ranks him tops in the Landmark Conference and places him #16 on the All-Time Academy list. His winning jump of 6.55 meters (12th All-Time at USMMA)was actually taken a solid 10 inches behind the board and was his second best jump ever. Cook put out consistent strong attempts in the Triple Jump coming in third to two of the top jumpers in the ECAC from Moravian. Jumping 12.79m he also jumped his second farthest mark of his indoor career; it was also good for 8th on the All-Time list at USMMA. Freshman Ryan Faber and Luke Kolebeck were right behind Cook in the Long Jump and placed 2nd and 3rd overall in the meet with jumps of 6.23m and 6.03m respectively. Kolbeck also ran a new personal best time in the 60m Hurdles in 9.89 coming in 6th overall in the meet and placing him 18th on the All-Time Academy list. Bryan Tischler kept the day going well for the jumpers with an overall meet victory in the Pole Vault. Tischler cleared 3.80m to claim the victory.
"I was very excited with the progress Tischler showed in the pole vault," said Head Coach Greg Lott. "Bryan had been out of the sport for over a year and it is a very technical event. He has always shown very good potential but is now starting to exhibit better technique that will pay off in the long run. He should be able to come up pretty big for us in the Landmark Championships in two weeks".
Senior Andrew Coatsworth was welcomed back to competition after a two week absence. Coatsworth ran a strong race in the 60 meters qualifying for finals and running a personal best mark in the event. His time of 7.45 also places him 8th on the All-Time Academy list for the event. Coatsworth ran well enough in the trails to qualify for finals and placed 6th overall in the meet. Freshman Tomas Sanchez ran his best race to date in the Open 400m and placed third overall in a time of 52.31.
The Mariner distance group all ran exceptionally well. Every athlete that participated in the Mile ran either a season's best or personal best in the event. FR David McGowan lead the way with a solid drop in time and finished 7th overall. His mark of 4:39.93 was good enough to place him 15th on the All-Time Academy list. FR Matt Pastuszak and Seniors Logan Swan and Michael Clarke all dropped multiple seconds off of their best marks in the Mile as well. Senior Brendan von Koss stepped out of his comfort zone contesting a longer race in the 5K. Brendan ran to a solid finish in 17:40.43.
The Mariners are looking strong as they head into their last meet to tune-up before the Landmark Championships. They will be headed to Haverford College to participate in the Keogh Invitational on Friday.