A School Record, a State Lead, and Individual Wins Propel Haverford Boys Team to Victory at Collegeville High School Invitational

Seniors Josh Fingerhut and Canaan Curry keep their eyes up after completing the first lap of the 800m (Ryan Murray | Murray Photography)

As Haverford boarded the bus on the way to Ursinus College, there was excitement in the air.  Coming off of strong performances in New York and Lehigh in the past weeks, the team was ready to continue that success against a field including some of the top teams from Southeastern Pennsylvania and Deleware.  Once again, the team stepped up to the plate.  At the end of the day, 24 teams had scored points.  Amongst all of those teams, Haverford reigned supreme, scoring 59 points to win the meet by a margin of 13 points.

The day started off with a bang.  After approaching the school record with a run of 6.85 seconds in the preliminary round of the 55 meter dash, captain Liam Creeley made his mark in the finals.  His time of 6.69 seconds was good for third place in a very competitive field and bested the old school record by .11 seconds.  Directly following Creeley’s performance, Canaan Curry earned a second-place medal with his time of 8.18 in the 55 meter hurdles.

Haverford brought home three gold medals.  The first gold medal was earned by captain Chasen Wint in the shot put, launching an indoor best of 48 feet 4 inches to take the win.  After recording strong performances in the 60 meter dash in past meets, Wint is proving to be one of the most versatile track athletes in the state.  The next Ford to bring home a gold medal was captain Josh Fingerhut.  Fingerhut, dropping down in distance, made a big move on the third of four laps.  He brought home the victory with a time of 2:03.45 against a strong field including the third place medalist at last year’s Deleware state championship.  The final winner from the Fords was captain Mike Donnelly.  Donnelly separated from the field early in the 3000m, lapping the majority of runners.  His time of 9:03 was good for a 32 second victory.  Donnelly is now the current state leader in the event!

Elsewhere, many other Fords scored points to contribute to the team victory.  Sam McConnell ran 55.18 in the 400m to take 8th place.  Junior Anthony Lawson ran 5:01.13 to take 6th place in the mile.  Finally, Ethan Fingerhut ran 9:35 to take 2nd place in the 3000m.

Overall, it was yet another strong day for Haverford.  The Fords next meet is at Haverford College on January 11th.

Boys Team Takes Second at Historic Bishop Loughlin Games

The Bishop Loughlin Games have signified the beginning of the indoor track season for runners along the east coast for decades.  In the 66th year of the meet, Haverford High School made sure to leave an impact on the legacy of the country’s oldest indoor high school meet with a runner-up team finish.

For the second year in a row, Haverford took the 4X800m gold.  Sophomore Ethan Fingerhut and senior Mike Donnelly stepped up to the challenge of replacing last years seniors in the relay.  Both recorded strong legs that put Haverford squarely in the picture as experienced senior Jack Roth received the baton.  With patience, Roth worked his way up further, handing off the baton in third place.  Senior Josh Fingerhut anchored with a furious comeback.  The elder Fingerhut made up around five seconds to pass Bishop Loughlin, the meet’s host, nearing the bell lap.  Fingerhut further extended the gap to the finish giving the quartet a triumphant victory.  The team’s winning time of 8:20.96 was a new PA #1 and a US #13.  The time was particularly impressive considering three of four members were doubling back from earlier events.

Haverford is aiming to be a middle distance powerhouse this year and after the 4X8’s victory, the 4X4 certainly did not disappoint.  The team of Liam Creeley, Canaan Curry, Collin Ney, and Carrisson Hooks recorded a second place finish in 3:31.85.  This was under the state qualifying standard and a current PA #1/US #17.

Elsewhere, the duo of Mike Donnelly and Josh Fingerhut took 3rd and 4th in the varsity mile.  Donnelly ran 4:30.93 for 3rd (PA#2/US #12) and Fingerhut ran 4:34.97 (PA#6/US #27) for 4th.  Canaan Curry ran a strong 8.16 in the 55m hurdles to take 4th place.  His time is currently PA #4.

Bishop Loughlin offers freshman and sophomore races allowing the Fords to showcase their wealth of underclassmen runners.  In the frosh 600m run, Bennett Gardner meddled with a 1:33.98 for 4th place.  In the sophomore 1000m, Ethan Fingerhut moved up well to take 2nd in 2:41.58.  In the freshman 1000m the freshman trio of John Galligan, Pat Lawson, and Quentin Ryan worked together to take 9th, 10th, and 11th.  Additionally, Kieran Curry posted a strong 8th place finish in the frosh 300m.

All in all, it was a very strong day for the Fords.  The team only lost the first place team title after a second tiebreaker to determine the winner.  According to meet management, Haverford was the first PA school in the meet’s history to win or tie for first.  The Fords will travel to Lehigh next week to compete at the RJB Indoor Classic.

Boy’s Indoor Track Team has Strong Opening at the Ursinus High School Invitational

December has just begun, but that didn’t stop the Haverford Boy’s team from putting in strong performances in their first meet of the season.

One of the highlights of this meet was the shot put.  Haverford brought a strong contingent of three athletes to compete and all three of them impressed.  Chasen Wint “PR’ed” on the first two throws before launching a gargantuan 56 feet and 5.25 inches to win the competition on his third and final throw.  This eclipsed the state championship guideline of 51 feet and was an indoor best of over nine feet for Wint.  This is a US #2 performance in the young season.  Not to be forgotten were Eric Tanz and Mike Powel.  Tanz’s throw of 47 feet and 5.5 inches was good for fourth place and Powel’s throw of 46 feet and 8.25 inches was good for fifth place.  Both of these performances were massive career bests.  These boys have been hard at work in the preseason lifting and practicing their form and it certainly showed in the season opener.

Also winning their event was Haverford’s 4X400m team.  Made up of a strong quartet of experienced seniors, this team was clearly not to mess with.  Collin Ney, who also won the long jump earlier in the day, led off with a strong 54.51 split, handing off the baton in first place.  From there on out it was complete domination.  Cannaan Curry split 53.78 seconds, handing off to Liam Creeley who ran 53.27 seconds.  Bringing the team home was Carrisson Hooks who ran the fastest split of the competition in 52.63 seconds.  In total, it was a 9 second win for the team.  Their time of 3:34.19 was less than a second away from the state championship standard.  It is also a US #3 performance in this young season.

Elsewhere, top five performances included Jack Roth in the 800 meter (2:09.39) and Matt Mariani in the high jump (5 feet 7 inches).

This meet was also the first race for many of the team’s new runners.  Ben Hall, Ryan Steigerwalt, and Sean Kane all gained experience in the 55 meter dash.  Kieran Curry and brothers Matt and Tyler Lee all raced the 200 meter dash for the first time on the indoor oval.  Freshman Bennett Gardner and sophomore Jackson Litz both experienced the 400 meter dash for the first time indoor.  Owen Hatton took on the indoor runway in the long jump.  Finally, the freshmen trio of Quentin Ryan, John Galligan, and Pat Lawson impressed in their first indoor mile.

In total, it was a very strong day for the Fords.  Despite not running some of their older runners and doubling very few athletes, the Fords still finished second out of 33 teams.  The Fords travel to Lehigh on Saturday, December 14th for the first Association meet of the year.

-Josh Fingerhut

P.S. I’m definitely going to try to get interviews at some of the future meets to make these articles a bit more fun.

Correction: After further review, it appears the boys shot put was conducted with girls shots.  Still impressive performances nonetheless.

District 1 Championships

Our top 21 runners from each team traveled to Lehigh University on Friday to race in the highly competitive District 1 Championships. All runners put in an incredible effort for the team. Varsity girls finished 10th overall, their highest finish in 8 years. Varsity boys finished 9th overall, with a strong 1-5 spread. JV girls finished 3rd and JV boys finished 10th in their races, showing great depth for Haverford’s teams. Two of our runners, Mike & Katya, qualified for the State Championships in Hershey, PA on Saturday. We’re so excited that HXC still has one more race to go!

Central League Championships

Our Fords fought hard on Saturday at the Central League Championship at Rose Tree. Both teams entered the race in third place overall, with the ambition to move up a few spots in the rankings. With the girls varsity beating Conestoga and boys varsity defeating Lower Merion, both teams finished the season with second place in the League! After Monday’s practice, we say goodbye to the majority of the team (until the banquet) while the top 21 runners continue training for District Championships.

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