Jones debuts in 18th

Peter Merkel  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Peter Merkel 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BALTIMORE, Md. - Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) finished 18th overall with a time of 17:02.87 to lead McDaniel to a third-place finish at the Baltimore Metro Meet in season-opening men's cross country action on Friday.

Jones turned in the ninth-fastest time on the Oregon Ridge course and the 10th-fastest 5,000-meter time all-time for the Green Terror, who scored 72 points. Johns Hopkins won the meet with a perfect 15 points.

Peter Merkel was 19th overall in the race with a time of 17:05.07, which is No. 11 all-time for the Green Terror on the course and 12th all-time on any 5K course.

Graham Miles (Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) crossed 38th in a time of 18:45.63 while Colin LaPenta (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) was 40th with a time of 19:09.71.

Jason Stein (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wooton) and Dan Reinholtz (Barkeley Heights, N.J./Govenor Livingston) rounded out the McDaniel competitors in 46th (20:43.63) and 52nd (23:49.50), respectively.

The Green Terror returns to action at its own home invitational on Saturday, Sept. 8. Action begins at 9:40 a.m.

Team Scores: 1. Johns Hopkins 15, 2. Hood 69, 3. McDaniel 72, 4. Coppin State 92.

McDaniel Results (5,000 meters, 55 compeitors): 18. Chris Jones 17:02.87, 19. Peter Merkel 17:05.07, 38. Graham Miles 18:45.63, 40. Colin LaPenta 19:09.71, 46. Jason Stein 20:43.63, 52. Dan Reinholtz 23:49.50.