Smith finishes second in decathlon

Gary Smith 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Gary Smith won two of the 10 events that comprise the decathlon en route to silver medal in the event, leading McDaniel at the 2013 Centennial Conference (CC) men's outdoor track and field championship hosted by Ursinus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

As a team, the Green Terror finished eighth with 30 points. Haverford rallied to top Johns Hopkins by 9.5 points and win the team crown.

Smith finished the decathlon with a personal-best score of 5,403 to move into third place on the program's all-time list. He finished first in back-to-back events to finish day one, clearing 1.76 meters in the high jump and taking the 400 in a time of 52.14. The 400 time earned him 719 points. He was also second in the pole vault (3.44 meters, 467 points) and third in the 100 (11.80 seconds, 691 points).

Arthur Williams (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) added a second McDaniel medal, finishing third in the finals of the 100. On Saturday, he ran a time of 11.38 seconds to enter Sunday's finals seeded fifth. He improved both his time and place to earn the bronze medal with a time of 11.26.

The 4x800-meter relay of Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool), Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville), Colin LaPenta (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) and Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) finished eighth to close Saturday's action with a time of 8:14.93, which ranks eighth in program history.

On the field side, the Green Terror had three score in both the shot put and discus.

Steve Wetherhold (Catasauqua, Pa./Catasaqua) finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 13.05 meters while Carlos Hernandez (Derwood, Md./Magruder) was sixth with a throw of 12.84 meters. Diego Weiner (Miami, Fla./Riverside Military Academy [Ga.]) placed eighth with a throw of 12.64.

In the discus, it was Hernandez leading the way with a sixth-place showing after his throw of 37.21 meters. Nate Bell (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key) was seventh (36.54) while Wetherhold was eighth (35.78).

Chuck Kronmiller (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) finished eighth in the javelin with a throw of 45.76.

Bell and Kronmiller were 12th (12.21) and 15th (11.74), respectively, in the shot put.

Kyle Dunn (Crofton, Md./South River) finished 10th in the shot put (12.37) and 14th in the discus (33.65).

Jordan Birden (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit) just missed scoring in the high jump, finishing ninth with his jump of 1.73 meters. He was also 15th in the long jump (5.75).

Andy Gilford (Westminster, Md./Westminster) and James Ways (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) finished 13th (41.62) and 17th (36.20), respectively, in the javelin to round out field competitors.

Jones rounded out individual competitors on the track, finishing 26th in the 1,500 with a time of 4:10.76.

The 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays both placed ninth. Carlos Thomas (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine), Williams, Dunn and Birden finished with a time of 45.54 seconds in the 4x100 while Jones, LaPenta, Smith and Dunn finished with a time of 3:32.48 in the 4x400.

The Green Terror returns to action at the York (Pa.) Twilight Meet on Thursday. Action begins at 4 p.m.

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        Centennial Conference Championship  03-May-13 [Ageup: 5/5/2013]        
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 22  Men   100m Dash
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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        11.26 F         Arthur Williams           SO McDaniel           3      6
        11.38 P         Arthur Williams           SO McDaniel           5       
 
 26  Men   1500m Run
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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      4:10.76 F         Chris Jones               FR McDaniel          26       
 
 32  Men   4x100m Relay
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       Score  Rnd      Relay            Place    Pts
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        45.54 F           A  'McDaniel'          9       
             1) Carlos Thomas                   2) Arthur Williams                
             3) Kyle Dunn                       4) Jordan Birden                  
 
 33  Men   4x400m Relay
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       Score  Rnd      Relay            Place    Pts
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      3:32.48 F           A  'McDaniel'          9       
             1) Chris Jones                     2) Colin LaPenta                  
             3) Gary Smith                      4) Kyle Dunn                      
 
 34  Men   4x800m Relay
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       Score  Rnd      Relay            Place    Pts
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      8:14.93 F           A  'McDaniel'          8      1
             1) Peter Merkel                    2) Chris Jones                    
             3) Colin LaPenta                   4) Calvin Ball                    
 
 35  Men    High Jump
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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        1.73m F         Jordan Birden             SO McDaniel           9       
 
 37  Men    Long Jump
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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        5.75m F         Jordan Birden             SO McDaniel          15       
 
 39  Men    Shot Put
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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       13.05m F         Steve Wetherhold          SR McDaniel           5      4
       12.84m F         Carlos Hernandez          SR McDaniel           6      3
       12.64m F         Diego Weiner              SR McDaniel           8      1
       12.37m F         Kyle Dunn                 SO McDaniel          10       
       12.21m F         Nate Bell                 SR McDaniel          12       
       11.74m F         Chuck Kronmiller          SR McDaniel          15       
 
 40  Men    Discus
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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       37.21m F         Carlos Hernandez          SR McDaniel           6      3
       36.54m F         Nate Bell                 SR McDaniel           7      2
       35.78m F         Steve Wetherhold          SR McDaniel           8      1
       33.65m F         Kyle Dunn                 SO McDaniel          14       
 
 41  Men    Javelin
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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       45.76m F         Chuck Kronmiller          SR McDaniel           8      1
       41.62m F         Andy Gilford              JR McDaniel          13       
       36.20m F         James Ways                SR McDaniel          17       
 
 42  Men    Decathlon
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       Score  Rnd       Name                     Age Team            Place    Pts
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         5403 F         Gary Smith                SR McDaniel           2      8
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