November 12, 2011

Freshmen lead the way at regionals

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) finished 147th overall to lead McDaniel at the 2011 NCAA Division III Mideast Regional men's cross country meet hosted by DeSales on Saturday.

As a team, the Green Terror finished 37th with 1086 points at the 47-team regional. Centennial Conference-foe Haverford led four conference teams in the top seven with the team title, scoring 52 points.

Merkel finished the 8,000-meter course in a time of 28:37 in the field of 328 runners.

Matthew Peterson (Littleton, Colo./Lakewood) finished 209th overall in a time of 29:40 while Ron Shriver (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) was 213th with a time of 29:42.

Graham Miles (Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) crossed 266th with a time of 30:54.

Eric Spioch (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and Jason Stein (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wooton) rounded out the McDaniel competitors in 293rd (32:15) and 298th (32:38), respectively.

Team Scores: 1. Haverford 52, 2. Dickinson 129, 3. Allegheny 131, 4. Johns Hopkins 169, 5. Elizabethtown 178, 6. Carnegie Mellon 210, 7. Swarthmore 268, 8. Gwynedd-Mercy 271, 9. St. Vincent (Pa.) 330, 10. Messiah 335, 11. York (Pa.) 338, 12. Scranton 356, 13. Moravian 360, 14. DeSales 399, 15. Franklin & Marshall 474, 16. Widener 478, 17. Susquehanna 487, 18. Muhlenberg 549, 19. Misericordia 564, 20. Thiel 568, 21. Gettysburg 579, 22. Salisbury 596, 23. Grove City 612, 24. Ursinus 619, 25. Penn State-Behrend 649, 26. Lebanon Valley 690, 27. Geneva 745, 28. Juniata 769, 29. Washington and Jefferson 781, 30. King's (Pa.) 784, 31. Marywood 850, 32. Goucher 936, 33. Keystone 941, 34. St. Mary's (Md.) 966, 35. Westminster (Pa.) 971, 36. Waynesburg 1074, 37. McDaniel 1086, 38. Wilkes 1146, 39. Hood 1157, 40. Eastern 1262, 41. Lycoming 1275, 42. Philadelphia Biblical 1304, 43. Stevenson 1353, 44. Penn State-Berks 1364, 45. Delaware Valley 1374, 46. Alvernia 1388, 47. Rosemont 1431.

McDaniel Results (8,000 meters, 328 competitors): 147. Peter Merkel 28:37, 209. Matthew Peterson 29:40, 213. Ron Shriver 29:42, 266. Graham Miles 30:54, 293. Eric Spioch 32:15, 298. Jason Stein 32:38.

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