WEST POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's track and field team began their 2011 outdoor season with a strong showing in the non-scoring event at West Point. Kings Point had not only the conditions, but the changeover from the sea year with which to contend with.
"Many of the women have only been on campus for the last two weeks. While the fitness is not where it needs to be their efforts were outstanding," Head Coach Gregory Lott said. "The ladies showed much promise for the remaining of the season."
Sophomore Amanda Gavrun placed 16th in both the shot put and discus throw with a distance of 9.95 meters. This distance was longer than any throw from USMMA throughout the entire indoor season.
"Amanda is a great addition to our squad and we are very happy to have her back on the squad," Head Coach Gregory Lott commented. "We are looking forward to some big throws throughout the year."
The Mariners then had the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Derien Jastrzebski, Jessica Tyack, Christie Gallo, and Teagan Bailey ran to an eighth place finish with a clocking of 59.31. It was a thrilling finish for Kings Point. Bailey came from behind and out-sprinted the anchor leg from Lehman College on the home stretch.
Head Coach Gregory Lott and the Mariners return action on Saturday, April 2, as they take on arch-rival Coast Guard in New London, Conn.