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Merkel places sixth in 1000

Samantha Merkel (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Samantha Merkel (c) 2018 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel competes in non-scoring Diplomat Open
What:
Women's indoor track and field meet
When:
Saturday, Dec. 1
Where: Lancaster, Pa.

THE SKINNY STORY
A pair of freshmen recorded conference qualifiers in their debuts to lead McDaniel at the non-scoring Diplomat Open hosted by Franklin & Marshall.

THE LEADERS
Sarah Case (Frederick, Md./Oakdale) finished 35th in the shot put with a mark of 9.20 meters. The distance not only ranks ninth all-time but is also a Centennial Conference (CC) qualifier.
Rachel Dixon (Crofton, Md./Arundel) also posted a CC qualifier in her debut, finishing 57th in the 60 with a time of 8.98 seconds.

THE REST OF THE STORY
Samantha Merkel (Baltimore, Md./Winters Mill) turned in a sixth-place finish in the 1000 with a personal-best time of 3:23.05.
• Jill Shephard (Monkton, Md./North Harford) also posted a PR in the 1000, placing 13th with a time of 3:59.56.
• The 4x800-meter relay of Samantha Merkel, Julia Murphy (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill), Megan Mesick (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) and Bailey Chapman (Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill) was third with a time of 11:56.72.
Sarah Case was also 46th in the long jump (3.68 meters), 65th in the 60 (9.29 seconds) and 66th in the 200 (32.00).
Rachel Dixon also finished 43rd in the long jump (3.83 meters) and 58th in the 200 (30.77 seconds).

THE INSIDE STORY
Megan Mesick was 11th in the 1000 with a time of 3:38.52.
Maria Kropkowski placed 12th in the 1000 with a time of 3:54.90.
Bailey Chapman finished 20th in the mile (6:29.63).
Julia Murphy was 25th in the mile (6:39.81).
• Anna Persick placed 31st in the 800 (3:36.38).
Corrine White finished 46th in the shot put (7.66 meters).

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at the Father Diamond Invitational at George Mason on Saturday, Jan. 5.