HUNTINGDON, Pa. – This weekend, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's outdoor track and field team traveled to Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. to compete in the 2011 Landmark Conference Championships. While the Mariners finished sixth overall, their improvements from a year ago were apparent with great performances around.
"Our ladies performed in outstanding fashion with 11 out of 13 events being season and personal best efforts. I could not have hoped for better results from our girls," Head Coach Gregory Lott commented. "The staggering improvements across the board really showed the determination of our squad. This year, the team has created a solid foundation on which to build. With only one departing senior, the program has a very bright future."
The 4 x 100 meter relay team (Derien Jastrzebski, Jessica Tyack, Christie Gallo, Teagan Bailey) broke the Academy record by a full two seconds and edged out Catholic University for a fifth-place finish with a time of 55.25 seconds. The Mariners came back with an equally-impressive effort in the 4 x 400 meter relay, chipping 18 seconds off their previous time. This foursome was composed of Lauren Rattan, Tyack, Jastrzebski and Bailey and their time was clocked at 4:36.13. The incredible improvement bested the Academy record by a full 10 seconds.
All three midshipmen that ran in the open 100-meter dash had personal records. Jastrzebski and Gallo each ran it in 14.65 seconds, while Bailey was close behind with a time of 14.67 seconds. At 200-meters, the ladies showed a spectacular drop of over a second for each athlete. Tyack had the fastest time placing 10th overall (28.67). Jastrzebski ran it in 30.35 seconds and Bailey ran a 30.47.
Tyack and Rattan led the way individually. Tyack had a seventh place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 9.77 meters and Rattan had an eighth-place finish at the 800m (2:28.68). That mark was Rattan's first time under the 2:30 barrier.
Finally, Amanda Gavrun threw two personal bests in both her throwing events in the shotput and discus, respectively – 10th place at 9.61 meters, and 12th place at 26.57 meters.
This meet concludes the 2011 outdoor season for the USMMA women's track and field squad.