Sports, Winter Track & Field

Boys Capture Victory in 600-Yard Dash

Ralph Skinner ’16, Basil Alfaro ’18, Nathan Goldthwaite ’18 and Ethan Brown ’17 sprinted ahead of the runners at their side, clinching the top four places in the 600-Yard Dash with times of 1:21.35, 1:25.32, 1:26.68 and 1:32.86 minutes, respectively. The points from the 600-Yard Race contributed greatly to Andover Boys Indoor Track & Field’s overall 114.5-33-36.5-4 win over Governor’s, Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Marianapolis Preparatory School, respectively.

Goldthwaite said, “I ran the 600 with a time of 1:26 [minutes], matching my last year’s [Personal Record]. It’s a step in the right direction, and I hope to keep cutting that time down. I’d also like to stay competitive in the 1,000-Yard event. We’ve got a powerful group of Lowers right now, so when we compete next week, I think that we’ll see some great competition and put up some serious points.”

Along with the 600-Yard Race, Andover claimed first place finishes in nearly every other event. Holden Ringer ’17 finished first in the 1000-Yard Race with a time of 2:37.9 minutes.

Notable performances during the meet included Post-Graduate Robert Jones ’16, who earned first place in the 50-Yard Dash with a time of 5.82 seconds, as well as Giacomo Marino ’18, who earned first place in the Two-Mile with a time of 11:34.42 minutes.

Captain Andrew Wang ’16 ran to a second-place finish in the 50-Yard Hurdles in 7.66 seconds.

Wang wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “I lost my hurdle race today the moment that my lead leg missed the first hurdle. And yet, as I watched my opponent pull away, I knew that my teammates would circle me at the finish line as if I had just broken a world record. It’s our trust for each other that keeps my legs moving.”

Strong performances in field events allowed Andover to increase the lead it established on the track.

Ben Zhang ’17 said, “The team is definitely starting to come together. Everybody’s times are going down and we’re jumping and throwing a little further. It’s also really nice to see the younger kids starting to get the hang of things. Everybody’s starting to find their own groove.”

The team looks to continue its success when it faces Governor’s again on Wednesday.

Feb 5, 2016