The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's track and field team competed in the New Jersey Invitational this past weekend, hosted by The College of New Jersey.
Freshman Michelle Danhoff (pictured right) was back in action this week and had an overall strong day for the Mariners. In her 400m Hurdles debut she finished 6th overall with a time of 1:16.58. "Michelle has a lot of potential in the long hurdles. She seemed to be a natural and will no doubt show strong improvement throughout the rest of the season," said Head Coach Gregory Lott. "Her technique is getting solid and continuously improving." Danhoff then qualified for the finals in the 100m Hurdles running a new personal record of 18.64. She elected not to compete in the finals and therefore took 8th placed overall in the meet. Danhoff finished her day by running a 200m on short rest and still set a new personal best mark with a time of 29.13.
It was also a good day for female throwers. Freshman Sarah Ellenberger set a new personal record in the Discus with a mark of 21.31m (69'11"). Freshman Elizabeth Simmons had another strong performance with her 2nd best career mark of 20.15m (66'1"). Freshman Paige Hallier debuted in the Hammer in her first ever collegiate track meet. She placed 7th overall with a mark of 28.07m (92'1").
Senior Lauren Rattan ran the 800m in 2:30.34 to finish 9th overall.
The Mariners will be in action next weekend in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at the Moravian Invitational hosted by Moravian College. They will return to the same site in two weeks for the Landmark Conference Championships.