KINGS POINT, N.Y. (May 13, 2019) – This past Friday, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that U.S. Merchant Marine Academy junior Alexa Vandermeer (Grove Heights, Minn.) was chosen as its Division III Metro Region Track Athlete of the Month for the month April. The praise comes after Vandermeer's performances in the Mariners' four meets last month.
The junior was crowned the Skyline Conference Track Athlete of the Year after the Skyline Championship Meet on April 29. She came in first place in three events – the 200m (27.24), the 400m (1:01.75) and the long jump (4.59m), while also taking second in the 100m (13.32) and as part of the 4x100 (54.90) and the 4x400 (4:28.91).
Earlier in the month at the USMMA-hosted Coach Omeltchenko Invite, Vandermeer placed second in the 400m (1:01.71) and the long jump (4.97m). She also had two top-25 finishes at the competitive TCNJ Invite the first weekend of April, coming in 21st in the 100m (13.35) and 25th in the 200m (27.14). She began the month back on April 3 in a home dual-meet against arch-rival Coast Guard with a victory in the 400m with a time of 1:01.35.
For the complete release from the ECAC, click here.
Up next for the Mariners, sixth-year head coach David Lawrence Jr. will be heading to the ECAC DIII Outdoor Championship Meet this coming Wednesday and Thursday, May 15-16, with the largest contingent of Mariners to qualify for the event in Lawrence Jr.'s tenure. A total of 21 Mariners earned qualifying marks throughout the 2019 outdoor season – 13 men and eight women.
The two-day meet will take place at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn. Action is slated to get underway at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, and then at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 16. Any live links to follow along will be posted on the USMMA Women's Track & Field Schedule Page.
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