Despite star-runners Captain Camille Little ’16, Peyton McGovern ’16, and Caroline Shipley ’16 being held out by injury, Andover Girls Track & Field still managed to accumulate 67 points to secure a first-place victory over both Taft and Deerfield.
With the assistance of Taryn Gangi ’16, Sarah Humes ’16, and Michaela Jones ’18, who all captured first place in multiple events, the team rallied in the absence of some of its senior leaders.
Despite this only being its second meet, the team has already cemented together and has an evident team chemistry. Although track is technically an individual sport, the team aspect gives it a feel unlike any other sport. The remarkable team spirit shown by Andover gave it an edge over the competition.
“Everyone had a big impact just by cheering on the sidelines. I know it definitely helped me to have my teammates on the sidelines encouraging me when I ran,” said Jones.
Andover placed first in ten of the 16 events offered.
Eliza Bienstock ’18 said, “While we were missing two of our best runners – Camille and Caroline – I think the team did a really good job showing the depth we had. We won both of our relays and that was especially exciting for our younger players.”
Andover shows great potential this year, with many four-year veterans assisting the development of new runners.
Humes said, “I think our teams greatest strength is our depth. You don’t always notice the girls coming in third and fourth, but those points are the ones that win meets. The team just needs more experience. This is most members’ first track meet and with more experience will come better results.”
Andover will be sure to have a successful season if it performs at the level it did on Saturday at Taft.
“Everyone has been working very hard at practice and giving it their all at meets. If we keep up the hard work, hopefully it will translate into a win at Interschols!” Jones said.
Andover’s second meet yielded a solid performance from all the runners as the team looks to maintain momentum moving forward.
With a meet at Deerfield on Saturday exclusive to relays, Andover will certainly be looking to replicate its exemplary performance at Taft.