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March 3, 2013

Five Mariners Compete in ECACs

New York, NY – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Track & Field teams sent a handful of qualifiers throughout the indoor season to ECAC Championships at the New Balance Armory in New York City this past Friday and Saturday.

The ECAC Championship meet is the toughest regional contest in the country which includes all the top track and field programs from Maine to Virginia and as far west at Western Pennsylvania. 

Sophomore Mickel McGann (Ocala, FL) ran the 60m in 7.16s to place 23rd overall.  It was the third fastest time he has ever run and the fastest he has ever done in the trials of a race.

McGann capped his phenomenal season that saw him break the 60m academy record three times and etch his name in the 200m record books with the 13th and 15th fastest times run in academy history. He was also a three time All-Conference selection for his Landmark Championship runner-up performances in the 60m, 4x400m, and for leading off the Landmark Champion 4 x 200m relay.

The Merchant Marine 4 x 200m relay also competed, where McGann was joined by freshman Jacob Weaver (Clifton, TX), junior Tyler McDaniel (Colorado Springs, CO) and freshman Thomas Duncan (Orlando, FL).  The team finished with a time of 1:33.48 to place 19th overall.

Their mark was the fourth fastest time ever run at the academy.  A week ago at the Landmark Conference Championships, they won in dominating fashion with the fastest time ever run on a flat track (1:33.10) by a team from Kings Point.
 

Freshman Dylan Tack (Coupeville, WA) also represented the Mariners at ECACs in the 500m where he placed 15th overall with a time of 1:07.54.  His new personal record was good enough for 12th all-time in USMMA history.  

Tack also had a stellar season for Merchant Marine, running the fourth fastest time in academy history in the 600m (1:25.16).  He placed fifth overall in the 400m at Landmarks and earned an All-Conference selection for anchoring the runner-up 4x400m relay team.  Tack also anchored the 4x400m relay team that ran the fastest indoor time in the history of the Landmark Conference with a time of 3:28.09.

"I'm very proud of these young men for representing the academy with both class and athletic prowess throughout the year," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "They have set the bar very high for the outdoor season."

The outdoor season begins this week as the Mariners will be in Myrtle Beach, SC for the Coastal Carolina Invitational.