Men's Outdoor Track & Field

Dunn grabs pair of bronze medals

Kyle Dunn (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Kyle Dunn (c) 2014 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Kyle Dunn (Crofton, Md./South River) started his Centennial Conference (CC) men's outdoor track and field championship weekend with a bronze medal in the decathlon and ended it with a bronze in the shot put to lead McDaniel on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Green Terror finished ninth with 23 total points. Johns Hopkins won its first outdoor title with 209.5 points.

Dunn turned in the fourth-best score in program history, finishing the 10 events with 5,223 points. He was the top finisher in two of the three throws, recording a throw of 13.02 meters in the shot put (668 points) and 34.06 meters in the discus (545 points). He was also second in the 100 (11.67 seconds, 717 points) and third in the high jump (1.72 meters, 560 points), 400 (56.09 seconds, 556 points) and javelin (41.70 meters, 467 points).

Dunn's third-place finish in Sunday's open shot put came by way of a mark of 12.85 meters. He was also 10th in the discus (32.87) and 15th in the javelin (41.40).

Chuck Knower (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and Ryan McSorley (Mamora, N.J./Ocean City) joined Dunn in the decathlon, finishing seventh (4,330 points) and eighth (4,242), respectively. The point totals ranked ninth and 10th all-time for McDaniel.

McSorley's best finish came in the high jump where he finished fourth, clearing 1.69 meters for 536 points. His highest point total came in the 100, finishing ninth with a time of 12.47 seconds for 562 points.

Knower's top showing was a fifth-place finish in the pole vault, clearing 3.10 meters for 381 points. His highest point total came in the 100, finishing sixth with a time of 12.30 seconds for 593 points.

Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) made his way into the finals of the 800, turning in the No. 3 time in program history in Saturday's preliminaries with a time of 1:56.74.

His time dropped to 1:57.86 on Sunday but he still finished sixth. He was also 22nd in the 1,500 with a time of 4:15.60.

Jones also anchored the 4x800-meter relay, which finished eighth. Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool), Jim Heilman (Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) and Keegan Duesterhaus (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day) joined Jones to record an ECAC-qualifying time of 8:08.08, which ranks fourth all-time in program history.

Connor Heavner (Frederick, Md./Urbana) added a sixth-place finish in the discus with a toss of 37.20 meters. He was also 15th in the shot put (11.53 meters).

Jordan Birden (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) rounded out the point scorers for the Green Terror, finishing eighth in the long jump with a jump of 6.13 meters. He just missed scoring in the high jump, finishing ninth on misses, clearing 1.75 meters.

The Green Terror returns to action at the ECAC Championship hosted by Rensselaer on May 15-16.

Team Scores: 1. Johns Hopkins 209.5, 2. Haverford 187, 3. Dickinson 133, 4. Ursinus 91, 5. Muhlenberg 66.5, 6. Franklin & Marshall 60, 7. Gettysburg 33, 8. Swarthmore 31, 9. McDaniel 23.

McDaniel Results: 100: 15. Aaron Ferguson 12.19; 800 Prelims: 7q. Chris Jones 1:56.74; 800 Finals: 6. Jones 1:57.86; 1,500: 22. Jones 4:15.60; 10,000: 20. Calvin Ball 35:52.39; 4x800 Relay: 8. Peter Merkel, Jim Heilman, Keegan Duesterhaus, Chris Jones 8:08.08^; High Jump: 9J. Jordan Birden 1.75m (5-8 ¾); Long Jump: 8. Birden 6.13m (20-1 ½); Shot Put: 3. Kyle Dunn 12.85m (42-2), 14. Luis Miramontes 11.55m (37-10 ¾), 15. Connor Heavner 11.53m (37-10), 16. C.J. Kaszuba 11.20m (36-9), 17. Brendon Creyer 11.18m (36-8 ¼), 18. Alex Murchison 10.99m (36- ¾); Discus: 6. Heavner 37.20m (122-0), 10. Dunn 32.87m (107-10), 15. Murchison 30.35m (99-7); Javelin: 15. Dunn 41.40m (135-10); Decathlon: 3. Dunn 5223, 7. Chuck Knower 4330, 8. Ryan McSorley 4242.

^ ECAC qualifying time