Jones crosses third in home 3K

Peter Merkel  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Peter Merkel 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) crossed third overall in the 3,000-meter race to lead McDaniel to a third-place finish at the Green Terror Challenge in men's cross country action on Saturday.

The Green Terror scored 113 points in the two races combined. Seton Hill won the combined title with 52 points, including winning the 3K race with 16 points. McDaniel was third in the 3,000-meter race with 40 points. The Green Terror tallied 73 points in the 5,000-meter race.

Jones' time of 9:43 was the fastest 3,000-meter time since the current format for the home challenge started in 2007, bettering the previous best Green Terror time by 13 seconds.

Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) crossed 13th overall in the 3K race (10:33). He was also 16th in the 5K with a time of 18:07.7.

Matthew Peterson (Littleton, Colo./Lakewood) crossed 17th in the 3,000-meter race (10:56).

Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) finished 21st in the 5,000-meter race (18:47.2) while Graham Miles (Hartford, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) was 23rd (19:04.8).

The Green Terror returns to action at the Rich Achtzehn Classic hosted by York (Pa.) on Saturday. Action begins at 11 a.m.

Combined Team Scores*: 1. Seton Hill 52, 2. Hagerstown CC 69, 3. McDaniel 113.

McDaniel 3K Results (29 competitors): 3. Chris Jones 9:43, 13. Peter Merkel 10:33, 17. Matthew Peterson 10:56, 21. Colin LaPlenta 11:16, 22. Keegan Duesterhaus 11:30, 23. Reid Palman 11:33, 25. Ben Munyan 12:03, 26. Dan Reinholtz 13:15, 28. Richie Rutkin 14:34, 29. Matt Christopher 15:16.

McDaniel 5K Results (33 competitors): 16. Peter Merkel 18:07.7, 21. Calvin Ball 18:47.3, 23. Graham Miles 19:04.8, 26. Keegan Duesterhaus 20:25.2, 28. Jason Stein 21:13.5.

* only teams complete in both 3K and 5K races listed