Jones finishes 41st

Chris Jones 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) finished 41st overall to lead McDaniel to an eighth-place finish at the 2012 Centennial Conference (CC) men's cross country championship hosted by Haverford on Saturday.

The Green Terror finished with 249 points. Haverford won its 18th title in 20 championships with 24 points.

On a five-mile course instead of the traditional 8,000 meters, Jones was the sixth freshman to cross the line, finishing with a time of 27:08.4. He is one of just six men in program history to break 27:30, ranking 12th all-time.

Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) crossed 59th overall with a time of 27:54.6 while Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was 80th with a new personal-best time of 29:06.5.

McDaniel returns to action at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional hosted by Dickinson at Big Spring High School on Saturday, Nov. 10. Action begins at 11 a.m.

Team Scores: 1. Haverford 24, 2. Dickinson 52, 3. Johns Hopkins 53, 4. Swarthmore 104, 5. Muhlenberg 167, 6. Franklin & Marshall 169, 7. Gettysburg 208, 8. McDaniel 249, 9. Ursinus 255.

McDaniel Results (5 miles, 98 competitors): 41. Chris Jones 27:08.4, 59. Peter Merkel 27:54.6, 80. Calvin Ball 29:06.5, 87. Graham Miles 30:14.3, 94. Colin Lapenta 31:38.0, 95. Reid Palman 32:14.6, 98. Jason Stein 33:49.8.

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