Sports, Spring Sports, Spring Track & Field

PATF: Team Gains More Experience Before Interschols

Andover Track and Field faced Cushing and Pingree on a beautiful spring afternoon this Wednesday in its only home meet of the season.

Although the official results have yet to be released, there were successful contributions across the board for Andover.

David Onabanjo ’18 achieved first place in the 400-Meter with an unofficial time of 53.33 in his first time participating in the event. His success shows great promise and potential for his next three years of racing at Andover.

Caroline Shipley ’16 earned first place in the 400-Meter, breaking the one-minute mark with an unofficial time of 59.52. Shipley is undefeated in the 400-Meter this season. Tookie Wilson ’18 followed Shipley, with an unofficial time of 63.3.

“59.92 isn’t my best, but it was good to get another 400 in before Interschols,” said Shipley.

Co-Captain John Gorton ’15 had a remarkable performance, as he sustained his undefeated streak in the 1500-Meter by shattering his season record with an unofficial time of 4:11.5. Gorton held a steady lead throughout the race.

Gorton wrote in an email to The Phillipian,“The 1500-Meter felt great today. It was hard to perform well on a hot day with limited competition, but I went out fast and clinched my best time of the season.”

Co-Captain Charlie Jarvis ’15 had a victorious day as well. Jarvis won the 300-Meter Hurdles with an unofficial time of 47.98 and was a member of the winning 4×100-Meter Hurdle relay team.

Jarvis said, “This was my first meet back from being sick, so I was a little bit nervous about how my times would be. It felt really good to get back on the track and the amazing races today will set us up for a really great Interschols performance.”

On Saturday, Andover found similar success at its meet against Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and Loomis Chaffee. The Girls team continued triumphed over Loomis and NMH with final scores of 88, 63.5 and 22 respectively. The Boys team came in second place to NMH and edged out Loomis with final scores of 88, 50 and 45.

Camille Little ’16 stood out with an amazing performance, achieving first place in 100-Meter, 200-Meter and Long Jump, with times and distances of of 12.5 seconds, 25.7 seconds and 16-0.5 inches respectively.

Shipley finished in first place in the 400-Meter with a time of 58.6.

Long distance runner Michaela Jones ’18 placed first in the 3000-Meter, showing great potential for later years. Jones posted an impressive time of 10.34.5 and looks to improve as the season continues.

Jones wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “I was reasonably happy with how the 3000 went, although I did suffer from the heat at the end. I hope to have an opportunity to run it again so I can try to improve my time. I’ve been inspired by all the fast running my teammates have been doing and how hard they have been working at practice.”

Gorton broke his season record in the 3000-Meter with a remarkable time of 9:08.5.

In the field, Noah Ward ’17 had an impressive performance, claiming first place in both the Shot Put and Discus events.

Andover will continue to train hard in practice to prepare for Interschols at NMH on May 16.

May 11, 2015