Center Valley, PA – The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's track and field team re-broke their academy record in the 4x1000m relay as the Mariners competed in the Muhlenberg invitational this past weekend at DeSales University.
USMMA faced solid competition as top programs in the east such as Haverford, Ithica, Gwynedd-Mercy, Muhlenberg, Ursinus, Moravian, Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Alfred, Albright, DeSales, Keystone, Delaware Valley, Penn State-Berks, Wilkes, and Middlesex Community College all competed. The field also included Kutztown, a member of Division-II.
The record breaking relay team of sophomore Michelle Danhoff (Berlington, WI), senior Jessica Tyack (Lake Isabella, CA), sophomore Jen Perkins (North Attleboro, MA), and freshman Kate Stanislaw (West Lawn, PA) finished with a time of 54.93s.
Individually, Tyack had a big day running the third fastest 100m in academy history with a time of 13.75s, placed 15th in the 200m with a personal best mark of 28.21s, and fell just shy of breaking the Merchant Marine record in the Triple Jump with a distance of 10.45m; good for fourth overall.
Danhoff ran a season best 29.47s in the 200m, winning her heat, while Stanislaw set a new personal best in the same event with a time of 30.52s.
In the Javelin Throw, Perkins finished 19th with her second best ever distance of 22.42m. She also made her season debut in sprinting events running a 15.38s 100m and a 31.71s 200m.
Senior Tara Mulligan (Monroe, NY) led off the competition for Kings Point with an impressive Hammer Throw performance. She finished third overall and first in Division-III; being bested only by a pair of D-II competitors from Kutztown.
Her mark of 42.98m was her second best ever. "Tara was very ill all week and almost didn't even compete," said Head Coach Greg Lott. "Her performance represented her tenacity and determination to be the best. I was thrilled with both her effort and result.
Other notable track performances included freshman Gloria Mahoney (Atlanta, Georgia) who placed 13th overall in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 1:15.87 to set a new personal best mark, while junior Katie Miller had her best day ever setting new competitive personal high marks in the 1500m and 800m with respective times of 5:44.58 and 2:49.85.
The 4x400m relay team of Mahoney, Tyack, Danhoff, and Stanislaw placed sixth overall with a time of 4:31.58.
Merchant Marine will head to Ewing, NJ for next weekend's New Jersey Invitational hosted by TCNJ.