Birden, Jones win

Carlos Hernandez  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Carlos Hernandez 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) won his second collegiate race in as many weeks, leading McDaniel at the Hagerstown Invitational in men's indoor track and field action on Saturday.

The Green Terror recorded a pair of wins, seven top-three finishes and 13 Centennial Conference (CC)-qualifiers at the non-scoring meet.

Jones won the 800 meters with a CC-qualifying time of 2:02.12, which also ranks seventh all-time in program history.

Jordan Birden (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) added the other individual victory, clearing 1.84 meters in the high jump.

Carlos Hernandez (Derwood, Md./Magruder) finished second in the shot put but was the top collegiate finisher, throwing a distance of 12.66 meters to start a stack of four-straight finishers in the even – all with conference-qualifying marks.

Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) was third with a toss of 12.47 meters, which places him ninth on the all-time list.

Nate Bell (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) was fourth (11.88) while Chuck Kronmiller (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) was fifth (11.50).

Colin LaPenta (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) was third in the 800 with a CC-qualifying time of 2:05.63.

Ben Munyan (Middletown, Md./St. John's College Prep) added a third-place showing in the pole vault, clearing a height of 2.90 meters to place seventh on the program's all-time.

Munyan added a second conference qualifier, tying for fourth with Arthur Williams (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) and Gary Smith with a height of 1.69 meters, which is also seventh on the program's all-time list.

Jones, LaPenta, Munyan and Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) combined to finish third in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:41.29.

Williams also hit the CC mark in the 55 meters, finishing ninth with a time of 7.01 seconds.

Merkel was fifth in the mile with a CC-qualifying time of 4:46.78. Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) just missed the CC mark but established a new PR, finishing seventh in a time of 4:56.03.

The Green Terror returns to action at the Orange and Maroon Classic hosted by Susquehanna on Friday, Jan. 18.

McDaniel Results: 55: 9. Arthur Williams 7.01*, 13. Gary Smith 7.20, 15. Chuck Kronmiller 7.42; 200: 7. Smith 24.86, 19. James Ways 26.00, 21. Ben Munyan 26.41, 22. Williams 28.32; 800: 1. Chris Jones 2:02.12*, 3. Colin Lapenta 2:05.63*; Mile: 5. Peter Merkel 4:46.78*, 7. Calvin Ball 4:56.03; 4x400 Relay: 3. Jones, LaPenta, Munyan, Merkel 3:41.29, 8. Smith, Ways, Ball, Williams 3:58.12; High Jump: 1. Jordan Birden 1.84m (6-0 ½)*, 4T. Smith 1.69m (5-6 ½)*, 4T. Williams 1.69 (5-6 ½)*, 4T. Munyan 1.69m (5-6 ½)*; Pole Vault: 3. Munyan 2.90m (9-6 ¼)*; Shot Put: 2. Carlos Hernandez 12.66m (41-6 ½)*,3. Diego Weiner 12.47m (40-11)*, 4. Nate Bell 11.88m (39- ¼)*, 5. Kronmiller 11.50m (37-8 ¾)*, 10. Kyle Andrews 10.38m (34- ¾), 11. Alex Murchison 10.23m (33-6 ¾), 16. Jeff Thompson 9.74m (31-11 ½).

* Centennial Conference qualifying standard