Merkel finishes 118th at regionals

Peter Merkel (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) finished 118th to lead McDaniel at the 2013 NCAA Division III Mideast men's cross country regional on Saturday.

The Green Terror finished 42nd as a team with 1,215 points. Johns Hopkins won the 54-team regional to advance to the national meet, scoring 62 points to outdistance Dickinson's 88 points. The Red Devils will also advance to the national meet.

Merkel crossed the line in a time of 27:09 to record his best 8,000-meter time.

Jim Heilman (Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) turned in a time of 28:22 to finish 204th overall while Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was 258th overall with a time of 29:28.

Kyle Crouse (Keymar, Md./Francis Scott Key) finished 318th (31:14) while Jason Stein (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wooton) was 339th (32:09).

Team Scores: 1. Johns Hopkins 62, 2. Dickinson 88, 3. Haverford 106, 4. Allegheny 145, 5. Carnegie Mellon 163, 6. Swarthmore 174, 7. York (Pa) 255, 8. DeSales 256, 9. Susquehanna 257, 10. St. Vincent (Pa) 280, 11. Widener 293, 12. Elizabethtown 305, 13. Muhlenberg 367, 14. Grove City 444, 15. Juniata 533,16. Salisbury 554,17. Franklin & Marshall 577, 18. Gettysburg 589, 19. Psu-Behred 592, 20. Misericordia 596, 21. Gwynedd-Mercy 602, 22. Lebanon Valley 605, 23. Messiah 622, 24. King's (Pa) 666, 25. Keystone 693, 26. Moravian 805, 27. Scranton 815, 28. Westminster (Pa) 909, 29. Thomas More 910, 30. St. Mary's (Md) 911, 31. Waynesburg 925, 32. Marywood 954, 33. Eastern 1025, 34. Frostburg State 1089, 35. Thiel 1108, 36. Cairn 1136, 37. Immaculata 1139, 38. Goucher 1140, 39. Franciscan (Ohio) 1155, 40. Wilkes 1185, 41. Ursinus 1188, 42. McDaniel 1215, 43. Psu-Abington 1224, 44. Hood 1250, 45. Geneva 1309, 46. Bethany (W.V.) 1352, 47. Psu-Berks 1400, 48. Alvernia 1437, 49. Psu-Harrisburg 1494, 50. Stevenson 1506, 51. Delaware Valley 1524, 52. Lycoming 1555, 53. Mount Aloysius 1611, 54. Rosemont 1655.

McDaniel Results (8,000 meters, 364 competitors): 118. Peter Merkel 27:09, 204. Jim Heilman 28:22, 258. Calvin Ball 29:28, 318. Kyle Crouse 31:14, 339. Jason Stein 32:09.  

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