Girls Track Relies on Depth to Secure Win; Andover Places Second in 12 Out of 16 Events

With the event wins of Berol Dewdney ’09 and Colleen Thurman ’07, the Girls Track team took its second victory in a tri-meet against Milton and NMH on Saturday with a score of Andover 105-Milton 54-NMH 21.5. A multitude of second and third place finishes also helped to secure the win. In the triple jump, Thurman won with a jump of 31’6.75”, followed by Alexis Dawkins ’10 in second place and Annie McDonough ’09 in third. Andover success continued in the field events with Thurman winning again in the long jump, followed by Katie Michaelson ’08 in second with a jump of 14’6.5”. Rounding out the jumps in the high jump, Melissa Ferrari tied for first with a Milton athlete, reaching a height of 4’10”. Katharine Matsumoto ’07 won the pole vault with 7’6”, with Ale Moss ’07 in second. Hailee Minor ’08 scored twice in the throws, earning second place in the shotput and also in the discus. Nayab Khan ’08 also competed in the discus, taking third with a throw of 83’. Andover took second and third in the javelin, thanks to the efforts of Akosua Oforiwaa-Ayim ’07 and Sadiqa Farrow ’08. The team had mixed success in the sprints and hurdles, with two victories from Simone Hill ’08 in the 100m and 200m. Katharine Matsumoto ’07 took third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m. Zahra Bhaiwala ’10 put Andover on the score sheet in that event with a fourth place finish with a time of 1:07. In the 100m hurdles, Ola Canty ’07 placed second in 18.7 seconds, followed by Annie McDonough ’09 in fourth. The pair took the same places in the 300m hurdles. The 4x100m team, which consisted of Matsumoto, Thurman, McDonough, and Hill, gave a very impressive and exciting performance. The girls finished their very close race with a time of 52.4, only one-tenth of a second ahead of Milton’s team. In the 4×400, Canty, Bhaiwala, Anne Elder ’09, and Aubrey Zimmerling ’09 blew Milton and NMH out of the water, finishing over 10 seconds ahead. Andover also swept in the distance events. In the 800, 1500, and 3000, only one runner from another school was able to score. Catherine Coppinger ’09 won the 800m in 2:28, followed closely by Georgina Norton ’09, Zimmerling, and Elder. PA also swept the 1500m, won by Berol Dewdney ’09 with a personal best time of 4:53. Anna Fang ’10 came second with Norton and Zimmerling taking third and fourth respectively. Dewdney won the 3000m race, giving another personal best performance by finishing in 10:35.