In Annapolis, Mount Airy's Zamostny strides to program record for McDaniel track

In Annapolis, Mount Airy's Zamostny strides to program record for McDaniel track
Jake Zamostny (2012 photo by David Sinclair/McDaniel College)

Mount Airy resident Jake Zamostny broke his own McDaniel College program record in the 1,000-meter to lead McDaniel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis on Saturday in men's indoor track and field action.

The Green Terror finished fourth at the five-team meet with 27 points, but defeated the only other Division III team in the field, Catholic, by 13 points.


Navy finished with 256 points to win by 150 points over UMBC. Delaware State rounded out the quintet with 74 points.

Zamostny, a graduate of South Carroll High School, finished sixth in the 1,000 with a time of 2:35.39 to top his previous record by nearly two seconds.

Peter Merkel, of Ellicott City and Mount Hebron High School, also turned in a personal-best time, finishing fifth in the mile with a Centennial Conference qualifying time of 4:30.71 to move into fifth place on the program's all-time list.

Jim Heilman of Lutherville, a graduate of Baltimore Lutheran, joined Merkel on the top-10 list in the mile with a conference-qualifying time of 4:41.93 to move into 10th place all-time.

Loi Nguyen and Kyle Dunn, both Crofton residents who graduated from South River High School, and Connor Heavner of Frederick, rounded out the conference-qualifying marks on the day for McDaniel

Nguyen finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 12.07 meters while Dunn was fourth in the shot put with a hurl of 12.61 meters. Heavner finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 11.84 meters.

Nguyen was also sixth in the long jump (5.39 meters) while Dunn was eighth (4.73).

Chris Jones of Centreville, and Jason Stein of Potomac finished seventh (2:50.09) and eighth (3:17.10) in the 1,000, respectively.

Calvin Ball, of Westminster, was 11th in the mile with a time of 5:00.31 while Keegan Duesterhaus finished 10th in the 3,000 with a time of 10:48.50.

Merkel, Zamostny, Heilman and Ball combined to turn in a time of 8:43.58 in the 4x800-meter relay and finish third.

Alex Murchison of Edgewood finished sixth in the shot put (11.17 meters).

The Green Terror returns to action at the Patriot Games hosted by George Mason on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Team Scores: 1. Navy 256, 2. UMBC 106, 3. Delaware State 74, 4. McDaniel 27, 5. Catholic 14.

McDaniel Results:


1,000: 6. Jake Zamostny 2:35.39^, 7. Chris Jones 2:50.09, 8. Jason Stein 3:17.10;

Mile: 5. Peter Merkel 4:30.71*, 9. Jim Heilman 4:41.93*, 11. Calvin Ball 5:00.31;

3,000: 10. Keegan Duesterhaus 10:48.50;

4x800 Relay: 3. Merkel, Zamostny, Heilman, Ball 8:43.58;

Long Jump: 6. Loi Nguyen 5.39m (17-8 ¼), 8. Kyle Dunn 4.73m (15-6 ¼);

Triple Jump: 4. Nguyen 12.07m (39-7 ¼)*;

Shot Put: 4. Dunn 12.61m (41-4 ½)*, 5. Connor Heavner 11.84m (38-10 ¼)*, 6. Alex Murchison 11.17m (36-7 ¾).

*Centennial Conference qualifying standard;

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