October 5, 2013

Jones finishes 16th at Paul Short

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) finished 16th to lead McDaniel to a 25th-place at the annual Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh in men's cross country action on Saturday.

The Green Terror accumulated 688 points in the 42-team white race. Muhlenberg won the division with 131 points.

Running in unseasonably warm conditions that ultimately resulted in the men's white race (Race No. 7) being the final race of the 14 scheduled races to be run, Jones turned in McDaniel's sixth-best time on the 8,000-meter course. His time of 27:15 has only been bettered by four other Green Terror men on the course and is the best time since 2009 in the sophomore's first 8K of the season.

Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) finished 101st in a time of 28:54 while Jim Heilman (Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) was 124th with a time of 29:13.

Colin LaPenta (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) finished 228th (31:24) while Kyle Crouse (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) was 281st (33:17) to round out the McDaniel runners who chose to toe the line on the 80-plus-degree day.

The Green Terror returns to action at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19. Action begins at 11 a.m.

White Race Team Scores: 1. Muhlenberg 131, 2. Juniata 141, 3. Franklin & Marshall 188, 4. Penn State-Behrend 227, 5. Salisbury 260, 6. Mary Washington 276, 7. Saint Rose 304, 8. King's 308, 9. Washington and Lee 310, 10. Philadelphia 323, 11. Rowan 350, 12. Eastern Mennonite 374, 13. St. Mary's (Md.) 412, 14. Ramapo 434, 15. New Haven 453, 16. Keystone 454, 17. Lebanon Valley 461, 18. Thiel 467, 19. Roanoke 475, 20. St. Thomas Aquinas 505, 21. Gwynedd-Mercy 531, 22. Waynesburg 537, 23. Catholic 573, 24. Eastern 592, 25. McDaniel 688, 26. Scranton 705, 27. Marywood 715, 28. Rutgers-Camden 719, 29. Nyack 777, 30. Goucher 797, 31. Ursinus 859, 32. Washington & Jefferson 877, 33. Salve Regina 887, 34. Cairn 912, 35. Wilkes 928, 36. Geneva 941, 37. Baptist Bible 1004, 38. Penn State-Berks 1102, 39. Univ. of the Sciences 1150, 40. Lycoming 1201, 41. Rosemont 1267, 42. Pace 1352.

McDaniel Results (8,000 meters, 329 competitors): 16. Chris Jones 27:15, 101. Peter Merkel 28:54, 124. Jim Heilman 29:13, 228. Colin LaPenta 31:24, 281. Kyle Crouse 33:17.

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