Bursting across the finish line in 3:09.3 minutes to clinch first place in the 1000-Meter Run, Peyton McGovern ’16 outstripped the second-place racer from Phillips Exeter Academy by a full 10 seconds at Governor’s on Wednesday. Andover Girls Indoor Track & Field sent its upperclassmen to compete against Exeter and Governor’s and eventually secured a second-place finish against the two schools, with the meet’s overall tally at 37-32-31, respectively.
McGovern said, “I wanted to try the 1000-Meter because it’s a bit of a shorter race than I usually run. I want to work on my speed as I prepare to run the Mile soon. Overall, the team ran well. It was definitely awkward being separate from the younger runners, but I think it gave us Uppers and Seniors a chance to bond and focus.”
Captain Camille Little ’16 continued Andover’s success in running events, clinching first place in the 50-Meter Dash with a time of 6.6 seconds.
The throwers also contributed to the team’s strong finish. Andover’s throwers excelled in Shot-Put, with Alexis Lefft ’16 claiming first place with a distance of 25 feet 8 inches and Angela Dolan ’16 coming in third place with a distance of 21 feet 4 inches.
Lefft said, “It’s been a while since we’ve all been able to practice together due to the long weekend, so for me, it was really nice to have the opportunity to compete in a low-stakes environment before going into Andover/Exeter next week.”
In the 600-Meter Race, Caroline Shipley ’16 finished first, with a time of 1:45.50 minutes. She went on to secure second place out of 19 racers in the 300-Meter Dash with a time of 45.2 seconds.
Shipley said, “I was happy with my performance in the race, but as a team we mostly have our eyes on our big meet [against Exeter] next week.”
In addition to preparing for its rematch against Exeter, Andover also anticipates competing in the U.S.A. Track and Field (USTAF) Indoor New England Championships in two weeks.
McGovern said, “I’m really focused on our last two meets, Exeter and the USATF New England’s at Harvard, so this was a great chance to prepare for those meets.”