Sports, Winter Sports, Winter Track & Field

Track Competes at Harvard Championship

Andover Track’s last competition of the season took place at Harvard University, the host of the USA Track & Field New England Indoor Championship.

Andover raced against high school teams, track clubs and collegiate teams including Phillips Exeter Academy, Governor’s, Greater Boston Track Club, Dartmouth, Roger Williams and Brown University.

Andover placed ahead of Exeter runners in many events, displaying its superiority for the second week in a row. Each event at the championship contained multiple heats of runners, and the meet was scored for individual times rather than team points.

Andover Girls Track impressed in the short distance events. Camille Little ’16 won the 60-Meter Dash, clocking a time of 7.87 seconds. Senior Meghan Tao ’15 also placed first in her heat of the 60-Meter Dash.

Little continued to dominate in the 200-Meter Dash. She earned the best time overall in the event and placed first in her heat with a time of 25.68 seconds. Caroline Shipley ’16 took first place in her heat of the 200 finishing in 27.76 seconds, and Tao went on to win her heat with a time of 28.37.

Distance runner Grace Rademacher ’18 placed 13th out of 15 runners in the One-Mile. Rademacher finished ahead of the Exeter runner in her heat with a time of 5:19.73. Krystiana Swain ’18 snatched second place in her heat of the One-Mile with a time of 5:44.16.

“This year was especially memorable, because [the Seniors and Uppers] were motivated people and great mentors. [The Juniors were] amazing to watch,” wrote Sidney Holder ’17 in an email to The Phillipian.

Andover Boys Track impressed in the 60-Meter Dash, as Gray Mackall ’15 clinched second place in his heat with a time of 7.64 seconds. David Onabanjo ’18 took fourth place in the same heat, finishing with a time of 7.70.

Mackall and Onabanjo also competed in the 200-Meter Dash. Mackall placed third in his heat, with a time of 24.88 seconds. Onabanjo took fourth place in his heat with a time of 24.76. Ralph Skinner ’15 blew by the field in the 800-Meter Race, taking first place with a time of 1:58.53. Skinner’s heat included 11 other runners, two of which were from Exeter. Captain John Gorton ’15 competed in the One-Mile and took fourth place out of 15 runners. Gorton finished with a time of 4:37.17 and set a personal record in the process.

Skinner said, “In my third year of Indoor Track at Andover, I think this season has been the most enjoyable. Gorton was a terrific Captain, and we had a really special group of teammates. The team progressed extremely well from its first meet in December to the final meet this Sunday.”

Andover Indoor Track bids farewell to its Captains, Charlie Jarvis ’15 and Gorton, and its Seniors. Many members of the team will reunite for the Spring Track & Field season.

Feb 27, 2015