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Mariners Continue to Roll

The United States Merchant Marine Academy women's cross country team placed 12th overall in a field of 22 teams at the LIU Post Invitational, knocking off five D-II programs in the process.

Temperatures were a little warm, but overall favorable at the LIU Post Invitational in Brookville, NY.

Teams competing included a mix of D-I, II, & III schools as well as a handful of community colleges.  Notable competitors in a tough field included St. John's, Fordham, LIU Post, Molloy, and Farmingdale State. 

St. John's, Post, and Fordham ended up placing first, second, and third respectively.  However, the Mariners improved their overall record during the 2012 season to 15-3 against D-III opponents. 

The best performance for Kings Point came from senior Gretchen Holubek (pictured) who finished 36th overall out of 184 runners with a time of 20:47 for the 5K course.  This time is a full 10 seconds faster than the best Mariner mark from the same event a season ago.

Rounding out the top five were sophomore captain Amber Kinter (21:56), sophomore Elizabeth Coulter (22:19), freshman Saxson Londagin (22:27), and freshman Madeline Sullivan (22:47).

Freshmen Emily Bull and Kate Stanislaw did not compete.

"The ladies really exhibited strong depth, which will be especially true when we're at full strength," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "We have a few coming back from minor injuries, and this group is just getting started.  I think they're due for a big performance."

USMMA will face stiff compettiton in two weeks at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh.  The field of compettition will feature schools from some the nation's leading conferences such as the Big East, Ivy League, Patriot League as well as top east coast Division-III programs.