South Huntington, NY – On a day where just about every single Mariner who competed set new life-time best marks, senior Jessica Tyack stole the spotlight by setting five new academy records in five different events at the Molloy College Invitational in South Huntington, NY.
In the triple jump, Tyack had four jumps which all bested the academy record set 20 years ago by multiple-time All-American and National Heptathlon Champion Anna Maly '93. Tyack smashed the old record of 10.35m with a life-time best jump of 11.17m; over a full meter greater than her previous best.
The jump ranks 22nd in the nation and far surpasses the ECAC qualifying mark of 10.85m. Tyack placed second overall at the meet to D-II's Stephanie Meyer of Molloy. She currently ranks second in the Landmark Conference behind All-American Micah Leonard of Moravian.
Tyack continued her stellar day breaking the record she set last week in the 60m with a time of 8.63s. She tallied the third highest Landmark Conference 200m run of the season with a time of 27.53s, placing sixth overall in a tough field and breaking her own academy record by .95 seconds.
She also led off a pair of record breaking relay teams as the 4x200 relay team which also consisted of freshmen Nicole Mautino, Kate Stanislaw, and Gloria Mahoney broke the academy record by 2.5 seconds with a time of 1:58.65 to place fourth at the meet.
The 4x400 relay consisting of Tyack, senior Gretchen Holoubek, Mahoney, and Stanislaw also broke the academy record with a time of 4:27.89, besting the previous USMMA best by a full six seconds and placing third in the Landmark Conference this season.
Senior Tara Mulligan set a new Molloy Lions Invitational Record in the Weight Throw with her winning toss of 13.22m. This ties her second best throw ever in this event and her best throw of the season. She now holds 17 of the top 20 throws all-time at USMMA.
In addition to being on the record setting 4x400m relay, Holoubek also broke a very strong record in the 3000m and 5000m. She has now set new academy highs this season in the 600m, 3000m, 5000m, 4x400m Relay and the Distance Medley Relay.
Mautino dropped .15 seconds off her personal best run in the 60m Hurdles with a mark of 10.88s. She moved up to number three all-time at the academy with the effort. She also ran a 9.30 in the 60m, good enough to be ranked number five all-time at USMMA.
In the one mile run, junior Chelsea Tapper finished the race in 5:56.32, improving her lifetime best by over nine seconds. She placed eighth overall in a very fast field and now sits 13th on the all-time list at the academy. Tapper came back in the 800m with another personal with a mark of 2:45.89.
"This was in all likelihood the greatest day in the history of USMMA women's track and field," said Head Coach Greg Lott. "Every single competing female but one scored a lifetime best mark in at least one event on the day. The one female that didn't set a personal best, threw her second best mark ever and set a meet record. Several of our ladies had a monster day and still got overshadowed because Jessica Tyack had one of those days that just leaves you speechless. I just hope the girls saved something for the conference meet next weekend."
The Mariners will head to Selinsgrove, PA for the Landmark Conference Indoor Championships Saturday February 23.