The Portsmouth Trojans advanced to the regional championships Saturday after finishing fourth overall in the district meet, which was held at Rio Grande University.
Freshman Daniel Clark led the Trojans with a 13th overall finish. Clark was the third freshman to cross the line and earned All-District honors.
“Daniel continues to impress,” Trojans head coach Corey Culbertson said.
Ethan Haas finished second on the team and 21st overall. As far as the pack race, senior Tyson Trinidad finished 23rd overall, followed by Caleb Clark (25th) and Aiden Kammler (29th). Daniel Jordan rounded out the Trojan team, finishing 60th overall.
“The pack executed a beautiful race,” Culbertson said. “Mile by mile, they continued to pick off runners which is one of the major reasons our team is advancing.”
Advancing to the regional meet was a set goal for Portsmouth but achieving that feat with an under-manned squad has made the accomplishment more special for the Trojans.
“Advancing to the regional championships has been our season long goal,” Culbertson said. “It has not been an easy journey and we have faced many obstacles.. The kids showed great heart and determination throughout the season and that was on full display today. Most teams have upwards of 14 runners on their teams. When you consider we have just six runners, it makes the margin for error so much thinner. I’m so proud of their ability to step up in the face of adversity.”
The regional championship will be held at Pickerington High School this weekend.
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