WESTMINSTER, Md. – As the 2013 outdoor track and field season enters the home stretch, McDaniel will host its annual home twilight meet on Wednesday, competing for the first time at the newly renovated Kenneth R. Gill Stadium.
The Green Terror will host its annual midweek invitational, beginning with field events at 4 p.m. The track events will commence at 6 p.m. with the sprint medley relay – one of four relays that will be part of the 13-event track schedule. Field athletes will compete in three jumps (long jump, triple jump, high jump) and three throws (shot put, discus, javelin).
McDaniel has already had 26 different athletes hit Centennial Conference (CC)-qualifying standards across 44 events but will use Wednesday's meet to either improve those seed times or attempt to hit new qualifying marks.
Montgomery College, Hagerstown, Washington Adventist, Hood, Mt. St. Mary's and Navy are expected to join McDaniel at the meet.
Four Green Terror athletes have already hit CC marks in the shortest three events on the track. Arthur Williams (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) and Gary Smith have qualified on the men's side while Katie Corson (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) and Taylor Stillings (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) have reached the necessary standard on the women's side.
Williams has a qualifier in the 100, running a season-best 11.66 seconds on Saturday while Smith has hit the mark already in the 100 (11.97) and 400 (53.35) among his team-high five qualifying marks. Stillings hit the 100 qualifier at Millersville, running a time of 14.36 on Apr. 6 while Corson recorded her best 400 time of the season on Saturday at Johns Hopkins and now ranks eighth in the conference with her time of 1:01.45.
Carlos Thomas (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) is within 0.08 seconds of the necessary time of 12.02 seconds to add another qualifier in the 100.
He will be among the Green Terror's two entries in the 100. McDaniel will also have three entries in the 400. A 200 will be contested without any McDaniel entries.
Chloe Allen-Gorman (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Becky Kaler (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) led a quintet of CC qualifiers in the 800 and up, joining Emily Gross (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion), Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville), Colin LaPenta (Morristown, N.J./Morristown).
Allen-Gorman has hit the mark in the 800 and 1,500. Her best time in the 800 came at Millersville on Apr. 6 (2:27.72) while her best 1,500 time was in season-opening action at Mary Washington (5:07.67). Both are the best times put up by any Green Terror harrier this season.
Kaler has hit the marks in the 1,500 and 5,000. She recorded her best 1,500 time at Hopkins on Saturday (5:08.13) while her only 5K race came at Millersville, where she ran a time of 19:17.01.
Allen-Gorman will just be competing in relays on Wednesday as part of the sprint medley and the 4x1600-meter relay. Kaler has an opportunity to better her 1,500 time and is also entered in the 3,000 and as a leg on the 4x1600 relay.
Gross rounded out the qualifiers on the women's side, hitting the 800 mark with her best time of 2:33.69 coming at Millersville. She will attempt a 1,500-meter qualifier as well as attempt to better her 800 time on Wednesday.
LaPenta and Jones led the way on the men's side. LaPenta has an 800 qualifier, hitting a time of 2:02.98 at Goucher on Mar. 30 while Jones has hit both the 800 and 1,500 qualifier. He turned in a time of 2:01.50 at Hopkins and 4:09.21 at Millersville.
Jones and LaPenta will both try to run a time of 54.33 and hit the 400 mark as well as be part of both the medley and 6,400-meter relays.
Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) will go for a qualifier in the 1,500m trying to better his time of 4:17.67 by four seconds to hit the mark.
McDaniel will have 19 entries among the 800-, 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs on Wednesday night.
Smith joins Ben Munyan (Middletown, Md./St. Johns Prep) to lead the way on the men's side. Smith has qualifiers in the 110 and 400 hurdles, recording his best time of 17.24 and 1:01.47, respectively, at Goucher. Munyan has hit the 400 hurdles mark with a time of 1:06.76 at Goucher.
Claire Lawson (McMinnville, Ore./McMinnville) joins Smith as a Green Terror qualifier in both hurdle distances. Lawson has a season-best time of 17.13 in the 100 and 1:11.33 in the 400, which were both set at Goucher. Lawson's time currently ranks eight in the conference in the 400 hurdles. Corson joins Lawson as a 400 hurdle qualifier, reaching a time of 1:14.75 at Mary Washington as one of her three qualifying marks attained.
Laura Shinn (Weehawken, N.J./Pennington Prep) will attempt to better her qualifying time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. As the first individual event on the track on Wednesday, Shinn will attempt to better her time of 13:11.81 from Goucher.
The Green Terror has five entries over the three events.
McDaniel has a men's and women's sprint medley relay entered to open the meet.
The women's will put a 4x100-meter relay on the track while the men will put two traditional relays on the track as well as at least one entry in the "larger than usual sprinters" relay, featuring a contingent of throwers.
The men's and women's team will also have one entry into the 4x1600-meter relay while the women will put a 4x400-meter relay on the track to close the meet.
Corson and Alva Ecker (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg) join Smith and Jordan Birden (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) as current qualifiers in the jumps.
Ecker has hit the standard each time she has jumped this year. She cleared 8-11 ¾ in the pole vault on Saturday to rank sixth in the CC. At Goucher, she reached 15-6 in the long jump while leaping 33-10 ¼ in the triple jump at Mary Washington. That distance still ranks seventh in the conference. She will have the opportunity to better both marks in the horizontal jumps and attempt the high jump for the first time this season on Wednesday.
Corson hit the long jump standard with a leap of 14-10 ¾ on Saturday.
Smith has cleared 5-8 in the high jump (Goucher) while Birden cleared 6- ¾ on Saturday. Birden also has a long jump qualifier, hitting 20-1 ½ on Saturday. Birden currently ranks second in the high jump and ninth in the long jump in the conference. Smith is tied for eighth in the high jump.
Stillings will attempt a long jump qualifier on Wednesday, trying to add four inches to her jump of 13-3 ½ on Saturday.
The Green Terror has 11 entries over the three jumping events.
As has been the case all season, McDaniel will put out its full contingent of throwers, looking to improve on an already strong showing through the first four meets of the season.
The men currently have two of the top four CC performers in the shot put, two of the top five in the discus and a top-five showing in the javelin.
Carlos Hernandez (Derwood, Md./Magruder) is currently second in the shot put and third in the discus. He threw his best in both at Goucher, reaching 44-0 in the shot put and 132-3 in the discus.
Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) ranks fourth in the shot put, throwing a season-best 42-3 ½ at Millersville.
Nate Bell (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) currently sits fifth in the discus, throwing his best on Saturday with a toss of 129-10.
Chuck Kronmiller (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) leads the way in the javelin, ranking fifth with a toss of 165-1 at Goucher.
Kyle Dunn (Crofton, Md./South River) and Kronmiller have also hit the shot put standard. Dunn hit 39-10 ¾ at Goucher while Kronmiller threw 38-11 ¾ the same day.
Steve Wetherhold (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) and Dunn have also hit the discus qualifier. Wetherhold hit 117-9 and Dunn reached his best distance of 110-1 at Millersville.
Andy Gilford (Taneytown, Md./Westminster) and James Ways (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) have joined Kronmiller with javelin qualifiers. Gilford hit 143-7 at Goucher while Ways reached 136-0 at Millersville for his best throw of the season.
Dunn needs just nine inches to add a javelin qualifier to his resume. His best throw came at Goucher when he tossed a throw of 134-7.
Kelsey Dickman (Abington, Md./Bel Air) leads the way in the throws, hitting both the necessary mark in the shot put and javelin. Her tosses of 34- ¾ in the shot put and 88-6 in the javelin on Saturday were good enough for the qualifiers.
Jasmine McCormick (Antioch, Calif./Holy Name) joined Dickman, qualifying in the shot put on Saturday with a throw of 28-11 ¾.
Danielle Fatzinger (North Catasauqua, Pa./Catasauqua) and Katie Krishan have joined Dickman with javelin qualifiers this season. Fatzinger hit her javelin qualifier on Saturday with a toss of 88-1 while Krishan did the same thing with her throw of 76-4.
McDaniel will have 35 entries in the three throws, which will start with the javelin on Wednesday night and progress to the discus before concluding with the shot put. Eight different Green Terror throwers are approaching a qualifier in one of the three throws.