Trailing for most of the Two Mile Run against his Phillips Exeter Academy opponents, Alex Fleury ’20 ran past his competitors in the last 200 meters of the race, beating his nearest competition by seven seconds and securing a first place finish in the event for Andover Boys Indoor Track and Field.
Sam Tobin ’18 said, “One person that has been getting better all the time is Alex Fleury. He’s so good already, and everyone foresees an eventual plateau but he never stops running faster which is pretty incredible.”
In Andover’s third meet of the season on Wednesday, Andover was split up by class — Juniors and Lowers competing in one meet and Uppers and Seniors racing in the other. Both teams were able to secure first place finishes. The underclassmen defeated Exeter 57-46, and the upperclassmen beat Governors, Wilbraham, Landmark, Malvern Prep, and Hyde with a score of 145-44-35-18-7-2, respectively.
The underclassmen meet proved to be tough as Exeter claimed the lead for the majority of the meet. The boys were able to pull off strong times and high placements in the latter half of the meet to defeat their rival school.
Nino Stuebbe ’20 emphasized how Andover has been getting improving meet by meet.
“The entire team has been putting in so much effort right now. I feel like all of our levels are increasing as the days go by and as everyone puts in a lot of effort,” said Stuebbe.
In the home meet against Governors, Wilbraham, Malvern Prep, and Landmark, the upperclassmen stood out in the short distance events.
Owen Glover ’19 said, “In the boys 55 meter hurdles, Michael McCollum [’18] impressed me once again, getting a time of 8.25.”
Neel Desai ‘19 added, “the 55 meter races were very fun to watch. You could tell that everyone was implementing different things the coach suggested, and those things ultimately pulled off. It was good seeing everyone trying very hard.”
Unfortunately, long distance runner Tobin was unable to compete in the meet due to injury.
Tobin said, “[I’m] looking forward to a team win. I assume that the coaches have been regularly telling the boys to race hard, race well, and try to get better with everything you do.”
Andover will face Governor’s Academy next Wednesday in the Snyder Center.