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Women's Cross Country

Merkel finishes eighth to open season

Samantha Merkel makes a turn
Samantha Merkel (c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

THE FACTS
McDaniel finishes third of four teams with 69 points.
What:
Towson Invitational in women's cross country action
When:
Friday, Aug. 31
Where: Oregon Ridge State Park; Cockeysville, Md.

THE SKINNY STORY
McDaniel placed third with three runners in the top 16 at the Towson Invitational. The Green Terror posted 69 points to finish behind Division I teams Towson (19) and Morgan State (50).

THE LEADERS
Samantha Merkel (Baltimore, Md./Winters Mill) finished eighth with a time of 17:07.39.
Megan Mesick (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) debuted with a time of 17:32.21 to place 10th in the race.
Julia Murphy (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) made her Green Terror debut with a time of 18:49.14 to place 16th.

THE INSIDE STORY
• A total of 31 runners competed at the 4,000-meter distance.
Samantha Merkel turned in McDaniel second-fastest time on the course, bettering her 2017 time by 42 seconds.
Megan Mesick's time was third on the all-time course list while Julia Murphy's was sixth.

NEXT UP
McDaniel returns to action at its own Green Terror Challenge on Friday. The first race will begin at 4 p.m.