The Portsmouth Trojans finished 14th overall at the regional championship meet Saturday at Pickerington North High School.
The Trojans were led by senior Tyson Trinidad who finished 70th overall with a personal best time of 18:30. Daniel Clark and Ethan Haas finished right behind their teammate at 71st and 72nd overall respectively. All three runners were separated by less than three seconds.
“We had our best team performance of the season on a moderately difficult course,” Trojans head coach Corey Culbertson said. “It was nice to see Tyson go out with a lifetime personal best time and to finish as the teams No. 1 runner. You always like to see seniors step up when it matters and today Tyson stepped up huge.”
Clark, who typically finishes at the team’s top performer, tripped at the mile and a half marker, and rebounded to finish right behind Trinidad.
“He took a hard fall but showed tremendous toughness when he got up to finish the best he could,” Culbertson said. “It’s a tough break to fall during a race but once you reach this level, things get really congested and the sport becomes very physical.”
Rounding out the team, Aiden Hammler, Caleb Clark and Daniel Jordan finished 94th, 97th and 114th respectively.
“Aiden battled injuries all season but was there for his team and set a lifetime personal best as well,” Culbertson said. “He’s a very intelligent racer and spreads his effort over the entire 5k course almost perfectly.”
Despite finishing 114th overall, Culbertson was proud of Jordan’s efforts during the regional meet and throughout the season.
“One of the most exciting moments for me was the finish by Daniel Jordan,” Culbertson said. “He came out of the woods, which is approximately 280 meters from the finish and took off. Daniel also set a lifetime personal best, just as he’s done every single meet this season.”
Although Portsmouth’s season came to an end, the future is alive and well for the Trojans.
“While we will not be advancing to the state championships, the experience gained will go a long way for the team’s success next year,” Culbertson said. “We are only losing one senior. The future is very bright for the Portsmouth Cross Country team.”
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