Sports, Spring Sports, Spring Track & Field

Athlete of the Week: Michaela Jones ’18 – Spring Track & Field

Michaela Jones ’18, a two-year Lower from North Andover, Mass., has played an integral role in the success of Andover Girls Track & Field since her Junior year. Jones’s agility and strong work ethic have made her a force to be reckoned with on the track. In Andover’s most recent event, Jones claimed victories in all three of her events: the 800-Meter Race, the 3000-Meter Race, and the last leg of the 400-Meter Relay. Jones’s strong performances have earned her the title of The Phillipian’s “Athlete of the Week.”

What are your favorite events to compete in and why?

In years past, I have preferred longer events like the 3000, but I have put a lot of effort into the 800 so far this year, and I have really grown to like it, too.

How have your teammates and your coaches shaped your attitude towards running?

The racing successes of my coaches here at Andover have definitely inspired me! I thought that it was pretty amazing that Coach [Rachel] Hyland made it to the Olympic Trials while teaching and coaching cross-country this past fall. Having such caring teammates here at Andover has also taught me how much running truly means to me. A lot of them are leaving this spring; it won’t be the same without them!

What is your greatest strength as a runner?

I don’t know if I have any particular strength as a runner, except that I love to run and race. I am willing to train even when I don’t feel great or the weather is bad. I think this consistency in training has helped me to continue to improve.

Looking forward, what are your goals for the season?

It would be amazing if the team won Interschols this year, especially because we have so many great Seniors. I think it will be hard, but if all of us stay healthy, then we will have a shot. Personally, I hope to continue improving my times. I especially want to break ten minutes in the 3000.

Michaela Jones ’18, a two-year Lower from North Andover, Mass., has played an integral role in the success of Andover Girls Track & Field since her Junior year. Jones’s agility and strong work ethic have made her a force to be reckoned with on the track. In Andover’s most recent event, Jones claimed victories in all three of her events: the 800-Meter Race, the 3000-Meter Race, and the last leg of the 400-Meter Relay. Jones’s strong performances have earned her the title of The Phillipian’s “Athlete of the Week.”

What are your favorite events to compete in and why?

In years past, I have preferred longer events like the 3000, but I have put a lot of effort into the 800 so far this year, and I have really grown to like it, too.

How have your teammates and your coaches shaped your attitude towards running?

The racing successes of my coaches here at Andover have definitely inspired me! I thought that it was pretty amazing that Coach [Rachel] Hyland made it to the Olympic Trials while teaching and coaching cross-country this past fall. Having such caring teammates here at Andover has also taught me how much running truly means to me. A lot of them are leaving this spring; it won’t be the same without them!

What is your greatest strength as a runner?

I don’t know if I have any particular strength as a runner, except that I love to run and race. I am willing to train even when I don’t feel great or the weather is bad. I think this consistency in training has helped me to continue to improve.

Looking forward, what are your goals for the season?

It would be amazing if the team won Interschols this year, especially because we have so many great Seniors. I think it will be hard, but if all of us stay healthy, then we will have a shot. Personally, I hope to continue improving my times. I especially want to break ten minutes in the 3000.

Apr 23, 2016