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.