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Merkel wins 3,000

Peter Merkel  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Peter Merkel 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) won the 3,000 to lead McDaniel at the Bison Opener hosted by Bucknell in season-opening men's indoor track and field action on Saturday.

Merkel led a trio of Green Terror runners in the event, crossing with a time of 9:22.84.

Jim Heilman (Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) was sixth (10:02.50) and Jason Stein (Potomac, Md./Thomas S. Wooton) placed eighth (10:49.73).

Kyle Dunn (Crofton, Md./South River) recorded one of two Centennial Conference-qualifying marks, denting the all-time top 10 in the shot put with a throw of 12.91 meters (42-4 ¼), which ranks ninth all-time.

Jake Zamostny (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) had the other conference qualifier, finishing 12th in the 800 with a time of 2:02.59.

Dunn was also 34th in the 60. His time of 7.66 seconds missed the qualifying standard by 0.02 seconds. Loi Nguyen (Crofton, Md./South River) finished 38th in the same event (7.76).

Josh Miller rounded out the light group of competitors, finishing 13th in the 500 with a time of 1:26.06.

McDaniel returns to action at the Hagerstown Invitational on Saturday.

McDaniel Results: 60 Prelims: 34. Kyle Dunn 7.66, 38. Loi Nguyen 7.76; 500: 13. Josh Miller 1:26.06; 800: 12. Jake Zamistny 2:02.59*; 3,000: 1. Peter Merkel 9:22.84, 6. Jim Heilman 10:02.50, 8. Jason Stein 10:49.73; Shot Put: 17. Dunn 12.91m (42-4 ¼)*.