Shorthanded Portsmouth team falls in track meet

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PORTSMOUTH — Coming to Providence Career and Technical Academy without some of its best runners, the Portsmouth High School boys’ indoor track team lost to both Coventry and Rogers in the Southern Division dual meet Monday morning.

“We were without our best 55 runner, Jalen Perry, our best 1,500 and 300 runner, Sean Blythe, and our best 600 runner, Axel Joseffson,” said coach Shaun Horgan. “We should fare much better against both these teams in the upcoming Southern Division Championship.”

Patrick Hook had a good day. The junior won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:29.4, and also took third in the 600-meter run, recording a time of 1:41.6.

Seniors John Futoma and Alex Eyster placed second and third in the 300-meter dash and also ran on the 4x200- and 4x400-meter relay teams which both placed second.

Jackson Reaper, a junior, took second in both the 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter runs. Senior Andrew DelSanto placed second in the weight throw event.

The team is about .500 for the season in the Southern Division, which Mr. Horgan said is a competitive league.

“We have a lot of seniors, a lot of guys who just do indoor track who have been getting in real good shape,” he said. “We’re midway through January so fitness is really starting to show through with workouts and competition. Things are going really well.”

The majority of the team does not go out for track in the spring as they participate in other sports, he said.

“Alex, our senior sprinter, he’s one of two sprinters who run indoor and outdoor track. The other would be John Futoma. Both of them kind of lead the way on our sprinting group. Most of are other guys plays either baseball, golf or tennis during the outdoor season,” he said.

The coach is looking forward to next season.

“We have a decent little junior crew,” Mr. Horgan said. “I’m excited because this summer they’re tearing up our track and putting down a new track, so we’ll have that to work with.”

The work may pose a challenge for the outdoor teams this spring, however.

“This outdoor season might be a little tough because they’re going to start construction on the track in April, so we’ll have to sort of figure things out around the construction for about a month during the outdoor season,” he said “It might be a little tricky, but we’re going to manage. I’m very excited to have a full eight-lane track for the guys and the girls to work out on.”

Full results

Here’s how the Portsmouth team fared in Monday’s meet:

55-meter dash: 7. Sawyer Nicholas (senior), 7.37; 8. Evan Criner (junior) 7.38; 9. Jake Bauer (senior), 7.58; 10. Jameson Harding (junior), 7.95

300-meter dash: 2. John Futoma (senior), 40.18; 3. Alex Eyster (senior), 40.67; 7. Sawyer Nichols, 41.5; 8. Jameson Harding, 42.51

600-meter run: 3. Patrick Hook (junior), 1:41.6

1,000-meter run: 2. Jackson Reaper (junior), 3:07.9; 3. Jake Elmslie (junior), 3:09.2; 5. Ben McGuire (junior), 3:17

1,500-meter run: 2. Jackson Reaper, 4:54.5; 4. Ben McGuire, 5:20.5

3,000-meter run: 1. Patrick Hook, 10:29.4; 3. Jake Elmslie, 11:00.6

• 4x400-meter relay: 2. Portsmouth (Alex Eyster, John Futoma, Jameson Harding, Sawyer Nichols), 3:54.7

4x200-meter relay: 2. Portsmouth (Evan Criner, John Futoma, Alex Eyster, Sawyer Nicholas), 1:39.8

• Shot put: 4. Peter Lowen (senior), 36 feet, 7 inches; 5. Andrew DelSanto (senior), 35 feet, 11.5 inches

• Weight throw: 2. Andrew DelSanto, 49 feet, 2.25 inches; 5. Peter Lowen, 39 feet, 9 inches

• Long jump: 3. Peter Lowen, 17 feet, 8 inches

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