Hernandez wins gold in shot put

Carlos Hernandez wins gold at the 2013 CC Championship. Photo courtesy Mike Falk, Muhlenberg College.

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Carlos Hernandez (Derwood, Md./Magruder) bettered his previous personal best by more than five inches to win the shot put and lead McDaniel at the 2013 Centennial Conference (CC) men's indoor track and field championship hosted by Ursinus on Friday and Saturday.

The Green Terror finished with 22 points as a team to place eighth. Johns Hopkins edged Haverford 168-163 to claim its first men's indoor championship.

Hernandez unfurled a throw of 14.31 meters (46-11 ½) in his fifth of sixth throws to claim the program's first gold in the event since 2002. He now ranks third all-time in program history and the throw was the program's fifth-best performance ever.

Hernandez led a quintet of top-11 all-time performers in the event.

Steve Wetherhold (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) finished sixth with a toss of 13.12 meters, which ranks eighth all-time.

Chuck Kromiller (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) just missed scoring, finishing ninth with a toss of 12.88, which is ninth all-time.

Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) and Nate Bell (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key) finished 10th and 11th. Weiner's best toss of the day was 12.86, which is 10th all-time, while Bell's best throw was 12.46, which ranks 11th.

Kyle Dunn (Crofton, Md./South River) rounded out the Green Terror competitors in the event, finishing 14th with a throw of 12.00 meters.

Arthur Williams (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) led the way on the track, finishing fifth in the 60 with a time of 7.21 seconds – the second-best time in program history. He was sixth in the prelims with a time of 7.29.

Jordan Birden (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) was eighth in the high jump, clearing 1.80 meters. Gary Smith finished 11th in the event (1.70) while Williams was 14th (1.65).

Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool), Smith, Colin LaPenta (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) and Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) combined to finish seventh in the distance medley relay, finishing with a time of 10:56.79, which ranks seventh all-time in program history.

Jones, LaPenta and Merkel joined Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) to cross seventh in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8:34.34.

Smith and Williams teamed with Carlos Thomas (Wimington, Del./Brandywine) and James Ways (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) to place ninth in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:39.99.

Individually, Smith was also 13th in the 60 hurdles (9.59 seconds) and 14th in the 200 (24.06). His hurdles time ranks fourth all-time.

Smith and Ben Munyan (Middletown, Md./St. John's Catholic Prep) were also part of the inaugural heptathlon, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively. Smith finished with 3,347 points while Munyan tallied 3,250 points.

Smith's best finish came in the 60, where he finished second in a time of 7.39 seconds, which ranks seventh all-time in program history. It was also his top point event with 749 points. He finished third in the high jump, clearing 1.74 meters for 577 points. He was seventh in the 60 hurdles (9.69 seconds, 601 points).

Munyan finished third in the 1,000 for his best finish among the seven events. His time of 3:01.01 earned him 654 points – the most of any event. He was also fifth in the shot put with a toss of 10.38 meters (508 points).

The Green Terror opens the outdoor season at the Battleground Relays hosted by Mary Washington on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 22-23.

Team Scores: 1. Johns Hopkins 168, 2. Haverford 163, 3T. Ursinus 94, 3T. Dickinson 94, 5. Gettysburg 59, 6. Muhlenberg 54, 7. Franklin & Marshall 28, 8. McDaniel 22, 9. Swarthmore 19.

McDaniel Results: 60 Prelims: 6q. Arthur Williams 7.29; 60 Finals: 5. Williams 7.21; 200: 14. Gary Smith 24.06; 60 Hurdles: 13. Smith 9.59; 4x200 Relay: 9. Carlos Thomas, James Ways, Smith, Williams 1:39.99; 4x800 Relay: 7. Chris Jones, Colin LaPenta, Peter Merkel, Calvin Ball 8:34.34; Distance Medley Relay: 7. Merkel, Smith, LaPenta, Jones 10:56.79; High Jump: 8J. Jordan Birden 1.80m (5-10 ¾), 11J. Smith 1.70m (5-7), 14J. Williams 1.65m (5-5); Shot Put: 1. Carlos Hernandez 14.31m (46-11 ½), 6. Steve Wetherhold 13.12m (43- ½), 9. Chuck Kronmiller 12.88m (42-3 ¼), 10. Diego Weiner 12.86m (42-2 ½), 14. Kyle Dunn 12.00m (39-4 ½); Heptathlon: 10. Smith 3,347, 11. Ben Munyan 3,250.

Heptathlon Results: Smith – 60: 2. 7.39 (749), Long Jump: 10. 5.10m (16-8 ¾) (402), Shot Put: 11. 9.26m (30-4 ¾) (441), High Jump: 3. 1.74m (5-8 ½) (577), 60 Hurdles: 7. 9.69 (601), Pole Vault: -. NH, 1,000: 8. 3:13.29 (540); Munyan – 60: 15. 8.22 (498), Long Jump: 9. 5.29m (17-4 ¼) (439), Shot Put: 5T. 10.38m (34- ¾) (508), High Jump: 7T. 1.62m (5-3 ¾) (480), 60 Hurdles: 12. 10.74 (410), Pole Vault: 9. 2.75m (9- ¼) (298), 1,000: 3. 3:01.01 (654).

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