Handful of Mariners Compete at NYU Fasttrack Challenge

Senior - Dan Baxter
Senior - Dan Baxter

New York, NY --   A small contingent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy men's track and field team competed at the NYU Fasttrack Challenge in Friday morning in New York City.

The Distance Medley Relay (DMR) team of freshman Brendan Dooley, freshman Dylan Tack, senior Daniel Baxter, and freshman Andrew Walsh ran the fastest time in the history of the Landmark Conference with a mark of 10:33.87.  USMMA finished third overall in the event, topped only by Oneonta and the College of New Jersey. It was the second fastest DMR in academy history, and the fastest since 1981.

The 4x400m relay team of sophomore Mickel McGann, freshman Jacob Weaver, freshman Tomas Sanchez, and freshman Dylan Tack followed suit by also running the fastest time in the history of the Landmark Conference with a time of 3:28.09, besting the mark run at the 2012 Landmark Conference meet run by the Mariner team of Hunter Karass '12, Richard Shelest '12, Sanchez, and Kevin Young '12.

Individually, McGann qualified for the finals in the 60m dash with a time of 7.21s, the fifth fastest ever run at USMMA. He finished eighth overall in the finals with his 7.23s effort.

Walsh ran the 1000m and finished fourth overall (only best by one other collegiate athlete) with a time of 2:36.44.

The Mariners will be reunited next Saturday February 24 for the Landmark Conference Indoor Championships in Selinsgrove, PA.