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.
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.