Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Birden finishes fifth in long jump

Jordan Birden  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Jordan Birden 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

CARLISLE, Pa. – Jordan Birden (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) finished fifth in the long jump to lead McDaniel at the Dickinson Twilight Invitational in men's outdoor track and field action on Wednesday.

The Green Terror finished eighth with seven points. Messiah won the eight-team meet with 187.5 points.

Birden recorded a jump of 5.75 meters to finish fifth in the long jump and earn a Centennial Conference (CC) qualifier.

Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) added a seventh-place showing in the 800 with a time of 2:00.28.

Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) made it two CC qualifiers in the event, finishing 11th with a time of 2:02.98.

Aaron Ferguson (Spencerville, Md./Wheaton) rounded out top-eight finishes, crossing eighth in the 100 with a CC-qualifying time of 12.14 seconds.

Alex Murchison (Edgewood, Md./St. John's Prep) and Luis Miramontes (San Jose, Calif./San Jose) added a pair of qualifiers each in the throws.

Murchison was 14th in the shot put (11.76 meters) and 17th in the discus (30.88) while Miramontes was 15th in the shot put (11.49) and 18th discus (30.72).

Connor Heavner (Frederick, Md./Urbana) finished 14th in the discus with a toss of 35.04 meters.

The Green Terror returns to action at the Mount Multis on Thursday and Friday.

Team Scores: 1. Messiah 187.5, 2. Dickinson 166, 3. Shippensburg 162, 4. Lebanon Valley 97.5, 5. Elizabethtown 71, 6. Susquehanna 24, 7. York (Pa.) 11, 8. McDaniel 7.

McDaniel Results: 100: 8. Aaron Ferguson 12.14*; 400: 12. Kurt Udset, Jr. 57.28; 800: 7. Chris Jones 2:00.28*. 11. Peter Merkel 2:02.98*, 21. Keegan Duesterhaus 2:10.86; 1,500: 16. Jim Heilman 4:18.50, 22. Calvin Ball 4:35.36, 25. Josh Miller 5:14.58; Long Jump: 5. Jordan Birden 5.75m*, 10. Ferguson 5.26m; Shot Put: 14. Alex Murchison 11.76m*, 15. Luis Miramontes 11.49m*; 21. C.J. Kaszuba 10.36m, 22. Kevin Rosenthal 10.13m, 23. Udseth 8.99m; Discus: 14. Connor Heavner 35.04m*, 17. Murchison 30.88m*, 18. Miramontes 30.72m*, 23. Kaszuba 27.96m, 26. Rosenthal 23.80m; Javelin: 16. Heavner 32.78m, 17. Murchison 27.28m.

* Centennial Conference qualifying standard