Winter Track & Field

Andover Girls Indoor Track and Field Stays Perfect

Josephina Caico ’19 bolted past both of her opponents and strategically veered into the inside lane, successfully cutting off the opposing racers and securing a first place finish in the 300-Yard Dash with a time of 42.37 seconds.

Similar strong performances across the board allowed Andover Girls Indoor Track & Field to come out on top against Andover High School and Wilbraham & Monson with a total of 65 points. The win raised the team’s perfect season record to 3-0.

In the 300-Yard Dash, Caico was followed by Katherine McIntire ’19, Rachel Chang ’20, and Zoe Zimmer ’20 for Andover to secure the top four finishes in the event.

McIntire said, “My starts are something that I have been trying to work on, but it takes a lot of technique. [It] was [what I was] trying to focus on this week. This is only my third time running in a meet, [but] my start was better this time, and I think I’m [only going to] get better as I run more.”

In the 50-Yard Sprint, Frederica Lucas ’18 and Captain Sidney Holder ’17 immediately passed all of the opposing runners and ran side by side, finishing in first and second place, respectively, with times of 6.65 and 6.83 seconds.

Lucas said, “I think today we really succeeded in hyping ourselves up and gathering together as a team. The overall atmosphere and the excitement in the cage today made it a really good meet for everyone.”

Following a perfect handoff from Deyana Marsh ’17 to Lucas, Andover was able to lap Wilbraham and finish first in the 4×440-Yard Relay with a time of 4:46.99 minutes. Rhea Prem ’19 showcased great athleticism in her first 4X440 yard event as the second runner.

Marsh said, “The meet went really well today. We were all able to really push. Rhea stepped up to the plate today and she did really well for her first 4×4. We couldn’t have done it without her.”

Along with its success in short-distance races, Andover excelled in both long-distance and field events. Alisa Creuger-Cain ’20 displayed a strong performance in the 1,000-Yard Run, finishing in 3:16.10 minutes and securing the first-place finish.

In the 1-Mile, Krystiana Swain ’18 finished in third place with a strong time of 6:03.07 minutes.

Samantha Valentine ’17 placed a first in the 2-Mile with a time of 11:48.10 minutes. Valentine has secured a first-place finish in each of the team’s three meets thus far in the season.

Holder and Sanch Sen ’20 were able to place in first and second place in the Long Jump, with leaps of 16.25 feet and 14.83 feet, respectively.

Lucas dominated once again in the High Jump, leaping 4’ 10” to secure the first-place spot.

After Andover’s stellar performance in this meet, the girls will look to hone their abilities even further for the Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) Open Invitational in Harvard this upcoming Sunday.

Holder said, “Some of our athletes are going to Harvard to race, so we’re all just getting ourselves ready to race in these checkpoints of the season.”

Jan 20, 2017