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.