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Andover Boys Indoor Track and Field Place First in Every Event

I.Lee/The Phillipian

On the final lap of the 1,000-Yard Dash, Andover Boys Indoor Track & Field pulled ahead as Giacamo Marino ’18, Nate Goldthwaite ’18, Sam Tobin ’18, and Jacob Buehler ’19 swept the top four spots against the Andover High School and Wilbraham & Monson competitors.

In its third meet of the season, Andover came out with a strong win on Wednesday. Andover topped the results sheet 69-35-12, beating Andover High and Wilbraham, respectively. The boys placed first in every single event.

In the 50-Yard Dash, David Onabanjo ’18 finished in first place with a time of 6.03 seconds. Newcomer Josh Thomas ’19 secured third place for Andover with a time of 6.16.

In the 300-Yard Sprint, Andover swept the podium to secure all four places. Captain Will Hartemink ’17 came in first place with a time of 37.39 seconds. Onabanjo trailed him by a mere 0.4 seconds finishing in second place with a time of 37.74. Andrei Dumitrescu ’18 came in third with a time of 37.77 seconds, and Rohan Lewis finished in fourth with a time of 37.96 seconds.

Onabanjo said, “I am trying to work more on my starts in the first few seconds of the race because that is a really important part for the rest of it. Today and on Sunday [at Harvard] I am looking to focus on my first four steps more.”

In the long distance events, Giacomo Marino ’18 stood out. Coming in first place in the 1,000-Yard with a time of 2:41.0 minutes and first place in the 1-Mile in 4:59.0 minutes, he proved his endurance in long races.

Sam Tobin ’18 placed second in the 1-Mile with a time of 5:05.0 minutes and third in the 1,000-Yard with a time of 2:42.0 minutes. Newcomer Alex Fleury ’20 also ran a strong first-place finish in the 2-Mile with a time of 10:53.0 minutes.

Tobin said, “We’ve got the big Harvard meet on Sunday, so our goal [this meet]  was just to pick up the first and second, so all in all, it was a good day. For the meet on Sunday, we would like to even out our splits, usually we run the middle-200s a little slower than the outside two, so we want to improve upon the middle of our race.”

Henry Wakelin ’17 led Andover in the Long and High Jumps, scoring third place in the Long Jump with a score of 16’ 11” and second place in the High Jump with a score of 5’ 4”.

In the Shot Put, Johnny Rex ’17 placed first with a score 45’ 6”. Rex focused on improving his footwork from the last meet and set a Personal Record on Wednesday.

Commenting on his performance, Rex said, “For the next meet, I want to be more stable in the circle and pull my leg underneath, that way I can get more height with my throw. A lot of my throws were very flat, so I want to work on getting more height because that will eventually get me more distance.”

Buehler said, “Some of our most prominent strengths are our depth and the strength of the Class of 2020. We have lots of good guys, allowing us to challenge not only the first and second place spots, but also third and fourth place spots, which allowed us to sweep the 1,000-Yard today.”

Andover has not lost a single meet this season, but its biggest challenge, the Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) Open Invitational in Harvard, lies ahead on Sunday.

Jan 20, 2017