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Despite a rainy morning that caused most athletic contests to be canceled, the Andover Track team started its season on Saturday in a scrimmage against both Andover and Reading High Schools. Although Andover fell short of victory, the team’s evident depth and talent leaves it optimistic for the future. Both opponents had been training for several weeks. Due to its inexperience and the earliness of season, most Andover athletes only competed in one or two events. Andover did not field any athletes in the 4×100 Relay, throwing or hurdling events. However, the meet’s results have set the stage for what looks to be a highly successful season. The Girls team came just an event short of winning the meet. Andover completed the meet with 40.5 points, only seven and a half points behind Reading and nine and a half behind Andover High. Melissa Ferrari ’10 and Alexis Dawkins ’10 took the High Jump and Triple Jump, respectively. Both aspire to again be top contenders in New England in their events. The Distance squad, while missing valuable runners Abby Levene ’09, Breezy Jordan ’09, Aubrey Zimmerling ’09, and Berol Dewdney ’09, still managed to maintain a strong presence. Stephanie Moroney ’09 won the 1500, followed closely by Georgina Norton ’09. Anna Fang ’10 and Tavie Abell ’10 both placed second in the 800 and the 3000, respectably. Captain Simone Hill ’08 took fourth in a deep field of 100m sprinters to commence her last season for Andover. Jasmine Edison ’11 won the 400 with an especially impressive time of 1:03.6 for so early in the season. Aniebiet Ekpa ’11, whom the coaches are also looking at for the hurdling events, has proven herself to be a top sprinter and will be a force to contend with as the season continues. She placed third in the 200 in 27.23. Although the boys team only accumulated 31 points to Andover High’s 46 and Reading’s 60, it still came through with many impressive displays of talent. Chad Hollis ’08 came second in the Long Jump with 20 feet, 3.75 inches. Hollis also competed in the 4×400 Relay. Eddie Zhang ’09 and Larry Zhou ’09 took second and third in the Triple Jump. Stephan Gordon ’09 took fourth in the High Jump at 5 feet 6 inches without any prior training. A mirror image of the Girls Distance team, Charlie Ganner ’10 took the 1500 in 4:23 and Phil Hofer ’10 grabbed second in the 800, losing by a mere two fifths of a second. Eli Howe ’09 also placed second in the 3000m. Captain Lou Tejada ’08 did not compete in the sprinting events this meet, instead running the 4×400, thus leaving Andover empty on the score -sheet for the 100 and 200. Mide Babatunde ’09 took the 400 with 51.06 in a heated and close race, while Chase Potter ’09 came in close behind to snag third in 52.17. The team looks forward to the growth of its newcomers as well as the continued leadership and power of its veterans. This Saturday, the team’s New England Prep School Track Association meets begin with the much anticipated challenge of Deerfield Academy and Taft.