The upperclassmen of Girls Indoor Track dominated their home meet this Wednesday, scoring 110 points to beat Governor’s, Wilbraham & Monson, and the Landmark School that had 98 points, 28 points, and 17 points, and 11 points respectively. Despite the older grades’ strong performances, the 9th and 10th grade athletes suffered in their meet against Exeter, losing 54-45.
While the upperclassmen participated in a five-way home meet on Wednesday, the lowerclassmen traveled to Exeter for a dual meet against Exeter’s own lowerclassmen.
The home meet was highlighted by a series of strong victories. Captain Fredericka Lucas ’18 highlighted the meet by winning the 55-Meter Dash, the 300-Meter Dash, and the High Jump, earning the team 24 points.
The distance squad also performed well, with Isabella Morzano ’18 winning the 1,000-Meter Run, Brooke Sanders ’19 winning the Mile Run, and Michaela Jones ’18 winning the 2 Mile Run. Post-Graduate Sophia Slovenski ’18 won the pole vault, while Post-Graduate Sylvia Alonso Cirbian ’18 won the long jump. Grace Rademacher ’18, Jones, Lucas, and Morzano netted the team 8 points by winning the 4×400-Meter Relay, which was a particular highlight according to Slovenski.
Slovenski said, “In the 4×400 [Meter Relay], the [Andover] girls were behind, and Fredericka passed [her opponents] in the first lap, and [stayed ahead] in the second.”
Despite its strength in its home track, Andover suffered a deficit against Exeter due to the opponents’ abilities and the exhausting length of the meet.
Sadie Cheston-Harris ’20 added, “Going into the [Exeter] meet, I had the 600 [Meter Run] first, then the 1000 [Meter Run], then the [4×400-Meter Relay]. I was pretty tired at the end of the 600, and it showed.”
Despite its loss, Andover had several highlights, including its strong performance in the Mile Run. Marguerite Montagner ’21 won the race in 6:00.60 minutes, while Neena Goldthwaite ’20 trailed just behind, finishing with a second-place time of 6:00.82 minutes.
Goldthwaite continued to excel in other events, securing a first place finish in the 1000 Meter Run with a time of 3:40.29 minutes.
Goldthwaite said, “I felt pretty good [going into the meet], during the 1000 [Meter Run]… I just stuck to the Exeter top runner and I was able to pass her. It was nice just having just the ninth and tenth graders because we could focus more on our races, and you are with your friends.”
The Indoor Track team will next compete against Governor’s on Wednesday February 7.