PHS runners excel at Rio


Alex Hider

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The Portsmouth cross country team got a postseason preview on Saturday when they competed in the 45th Patty Forgery Invitation. The event was held at Rio Grande University, which will also serve as the host for the Division III southeastern District Finals, which will take place next month.

If the Trojans can find a way to run the way they did on Saturday in the Districts, they should have nothing to worry about.

The Portsmouth boys finished in first place among Division III schools on Saturday and fourth overall, with all five runners finishing in the top half of a field of 71 runners. Daniel Clark paced the Trojans, finishing in 13th place, while Ethan Haas finished close behind in 18th. Tyson Trinidad and Caleb Clark finished in 22nd and 26th, respectively.

Aiden Kammler, racing for the first time time since returning from injury, was able to keep pace with his teammates for a solid 35th place finish.

“He competed and was there for his teammates today. He will only continue to improve as the season progresses,” Portsmouth cross country coach Corey Culbertson said.

Destiny Royalty, the only Portsmouth girl to race on Saturday, finished in 35th place.

After a week off, Trojans will race again at the Piketon Invitation on Oct. 3.

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