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Jones places 26th in short race

Chris Jones (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Chris Jones (c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

BIG SPRING, Pa. – Chris Jones (Centreville, Va./Centreville) finished 26th to lead McDaniel to an eighth-place in the short-course race at the Dickinson Long-Short Invitational in men's cross country action on Saturday.

The Green Terror did not enter three or more runners in the 8,000-meter long-course race and, thus, was not eligible for a combined team score. McDaniel did, however, finish the 4,000-meter short course race with 90 points to place eighth in the 20-team field – and was seventh among the Division III teams.

Jones finished the best Green Terror 4K time ever on the course, crossing in a time of 13:05.6.

Peter Merkel (Ellicott City, Md./Homeschool) added the second-fastest time ever on the course, finishing 35th in a time of 13:11.2.

Jim Heilman (Lutherville, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) was 73rd with a time of 13:59.4.

Calvin Ball (Westminster, Md./Westminster) was the only McDaniel runner in the 8K race, finishing 117th with a time of 29:41.3, which ranks fifth all-time on the course.

McDaniel returns to action at the Paul Short Run on Saturday.

Combined Team Scores*: 1. Dickinson 33, 2. NYU 41, 3. Bridgewater 138, 4. Davis & Elkins 197, 5. Gettysburg 203, 6. Messiah 229, 7. Moravian 279, 8. Elizabethtown 285, 9. Howard CC 286, 10. Hagerstown CC 276, 11. St. Mary's (Md.) 290, 12. Frostburg 377, 13. Lycoming 492.

McDaniel Short-Course Results (4,000 meters, 139 competitors): 26. Chris Jones 13:05.6, 35. Peter Merkel 13:11.2, 73. Jim Heilman 13:59.4, 84. Colin LaPenta 14:18.1, 119. Kyle Crouse 15:25.5, 139. Richie Rutkin 19:37.5.

McDaniel Long-Course Results (8,000 meters, 188 competitors): 117. Calvin Ball 29:41.3.

* only teams that were complete in both races have a combined team score.