Portsmouth finishes second in dual track meet

Fahrney, Kluth and Goodfriend have big days for boys’ team

Posted 4/6/22

BARRINGTON — Notching 10 first-place finishes, The Portsmouth High boys’ outdoor track team finished second to Barrington in a dual meet Tuesday afternoon, April 5.

The Eagles edged …

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Portsmouth finishes second in dual track meet

Fahrney, Kluth and Goodfriend have big days for boys’ team

Posted

BARRINGTON — Notching 10 first-place finishes, The Portsmouth High boys’ outdoor track team finished second to Barrington in a dual meet Tuesday afternoon, April 5.

The Eagles edged the Patriots in the Barrington meet, 82-71. Portsmouth beat Mt. Hope, 114-37, and are now 1-1 in the Eastern Division.

Colby Fahrney, Kaden Kluth and Harrison Goodfriend all had big days for the Patriots.

Fahrney won the 200-meter dash (23.2 seconds), the long jump (20 feet, 10 inches) and the triple jump (38 feet, 11.5 inches). He narrowly lost the 100-meter dash to Barrington’s Nate Greenberg.

“Colby is stepping up for us and learning the triple jump. He’s got a lot of potential there. He also ran a great 200 race for the win,” said head coach Shaun Horgan.

Kluth took first place in the 1.500-meter run (4:18.5), the 3,000-meter run (9:14.4), and ran a leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay team along with Jeff Brady, Harrison Goodfriend and Tom McGraw (3:39.5).

“Kaden ran two semi-conservative races in the (1,500 and 3,000) for the win, and let it all out on the (relay) with a 51.9 split. We are aiming to peak in June, so these are just basically workouts for him at this point,” Horgan said.

Goodfriend, in addition to participating in the winning relay race, also won the 800-meter run (2:03) and the pole vault (8 feet even).

“I was pleasantly surprised with Harrison’s 800 time,” said Horgan. “To start the season with that amount of strength is impressive. He’s going to shine this season.”

Other first-place winners were Brady in the 400-meter dash (53.2 seconds) and Nikolai Loyola in the high jump (5 feet, 6 inches).

“Loyola was a great pickup for us this year,” Horgan said. “He’s an outstanding athlete and brings a lot of energy to the team. Big win for Nik in the high jump, also second in the long jump.”

He also praised Landon Rodrigues’s performances at the meet. He was second in the 110-meter hurdles (17.1 seconds), second in the triple jump (38 feet, 6 inches), and third in the long jump (19 feet, 1 inch).

“These are very technical events and he handles them very well, and he’s only a sophomore,” Horgan said.

The coach said the team had trouble competing in the throwing events with Barrington, which has great depth because it has a dedicated throwing coach, unlike Portsmouth.

“We will see them again at the Division Championships and try again for the win,” he said.

Girls’ results

The PHS girls’ team was outscored by Barrington, 112-43.

Addison Mau won the 1,500-meter run, and Kitty Damon took first place in the 400-meter dash.

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