McDaniel closes season at CC Championships

LANCASTER, Pa. – Juris Eyler (Middletown, Md./Middletown) finished fourth in the 400 to lead McDaniel at the 2009 Centennial Conference (CC) outdoor track and field championship hosted by Franklin & Marshall on Friday through Sunday.

            As a team, the Green Terror men finished ninth with 10 points. Haverford, by virtue of finishing 1-2-4-5-6-7 in the 5,000 meters, won its 16th consecutive men’s title with 170 points. The Fords edged second-place Dickinson by four points. The Red Devils led by as many as 20 points late in the day Sunday, bidding to hand Haverford its first runner-up finish in CC history, but the Fords used a 25-point swing in the second-to-last event on the track. Leading by six entering the 4x400-meter relay, Haverford finished second to Dickinson’s win to retain the crown.
            On the women’s side, McDaniel placed ninth with 18 points. Haverford ran away with its fourth straight title, racking up 226.75 points to outdistance second-place Johns Hopkins by 59.25 points.
            Eyler improved his preliminary time by two one-hundredths of a second and improved two spots to notch the Green Terror’s top finish at the meet.
            Eyler was the only individual to earn points for McDaniel but was also a part of two of the three relays that also registered points.
            Eyler ran the second leg of both the 4x100 (45.73) and 4x400 (3:39.85) relays, which both finished eighth.
            Rick Gonzalez (Columbia, Md./Oakland Mills) and Alex Reiser (Washington, D.C./McLean School of Maryland) were also part of both foursomes.
            Rob Kelvey (Westminster, Md./Westminster) anchored the 4x800 relay that finished sixth with a time of 8:12.01.
            Jennifer Garnett (Los Altos, Calif./Homestead) led the women’s team with a fifth-place finish in the 400, posting a time of 1:01.45 after running a season-best time of 1:00.46 in Saturday’s prelims.
            Heidi Davidhizar and Erin Balsamo (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech) both scored in the heptathlon to lead McDaniel on the first two days.
            Davidhizar finished sixth with 2,941 points while Balsamo was eighth with 2,522 points.
            Davidhizar added points with a sixth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (16.87) and as the anchor for the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The shorter relay opened day three with a seventh-place finish (53.68) while the same foursome of Garnett, Kristin Duling (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll), Emma Nichols (Myersville, Md./Middletown) and Davidhizar placed sixth in the longer relay (4:17.89).
            Garnett and Nichols were also part of the 4x800 relay that closed day two with a seventh-place showing (10:17.14).
 
Women’s Team Scores: 1. Haverford 226.75, 2. Johns Hopkins 167.5, 3. Muhlenberg 76.5, 4. Gettysburg 74.75, 5. Dickinson 74.5, 6. Ursinus 55, 7. Franklin & Marshall 50, 8. Swarthmore 43, 9. Bryn Mawr 32, 10. McDaniel 18.
 
McDaniel Results: Heptathlon: 6. Heidi Davidhizar 2941 (100 hurdles: 4. 16.65 (637), High Jump: 7. 1.30m (409), Shot Put: 7. 7.31m (355), 200: 5. 29.41 (524), Long Jump: 9. 3.05m (116), Javelin: 5. 22.72m (340), 800: 6. 2:41.14 (560)), 8. Erin Balsamo 2522 (100 hurdles: 7. 18.24 (464), High Jump: 8. 1.25m (359), Shot Put: 5. 8.05m (403), 200: 9. 32.10 (345), Long Jump: 7. 3.70m (242), Javelin: 6. 20.73m (302), 800: 9. 2:55.62 (407)); 100 Hurdles Prelims: 7q. Davidhizar 16.85, 13. Stefanie McCole 18.03, 16. Balsamo 18.95; 400 Prelims: 4Q. Jennifer Garnett 1:00.46; 200 Prelims: 14. Garnett 27.58, 23. Kristin Duling 28.98; 4x800 Relay: 7. Garnett, Emma Nichols, Roxanne Fleischer, Emily Hajjar 10:17.14; 4x100 Relay: 7. Duling, Garnett, Nichols, Davidhizar 53.68; 100 Hurdles Finals: 6. Davidhizar 16.87; 1,500: 28. Fleischer 5:32.41; 400 Finals: 5. Garnett 1:01.45; Javelin: 10. Davidhizar 25.61m; 4x400 Relay: 6. Garnett, Duling, Nichols, Davidhizar 4:17.89.
 
Men’s Team Scores: 1. Haverford 170, 2. Dickinson 166, 3. Muhlenberg 117, 4. Gettysburg 104, 5. Ursinus 96, 6. Johns Hopkins 93, 7. Franklin & Marshall 47, 8. Swarthmore 15, 9. McDaniel 10.
 
McDaniel Results: 3,000 Steeplechase: 11. Rob Kelvey 10:10.60, 16. CJ Naper 10:35.51; 400 Prelims: 6q. Juris Eyler 50.71; 100 Prelims: 20. Eyler 12.00, 23. Alex Reiser 12.21; 400 Hurdles Prelims: 10. Rick Gonzalez 1:00.05, 17. Jake Nichols 1:05.06, 21. CJ Filippi 1:10.90; 200 Prelims: 12. Eyler 23.32; 4x800 Relay: 6. Naper, Cody Crutchley, Russell Morin, Kelvey 8:12.01; 4x100 Relay: 8. Gonzalez, Eyler, Ken Polk, Reiser 45.73; 1,500: 22. Naper 4:15.78, 25. Crutchley 4:16.81, 27. Kelvey 4:18.79; 400 Finals: 4. Eyler 50.69; Triple Jump: 12. Polk 11.09m; Javelin: 24. Kyle Levers 32.15m; 4x400 Relay: 8. Naper, Eyler, Reiser, Gonzalez 3:39.85.

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