Hetzler ’10 Wins 300 Meter Sprint Despite Lack of Experience

In Wednesday’s meet against North Reading High School Cayla Hatton ’12 ran and won all three of her events, breaking a record and proving herself as both a distance runner and a sprinter. Another great performance came from Joe Kruy ’12, who broke the freshman record for the 50 Hurdles. In the 300, several runners greatly improved their times, and some even set personal bests for the season. Newcomer Peter Hetzler ’10 led the way for the Andover Boys, running a personal best time of 35.47 seconds. In the 50, Chase Potter ’09 snagged second, followed closely behind by runners Jack Walker ’09 and Matt Higgins ’10. Andover Girls Captain Deidra Willis ’09 also took second place in the 50, followed close behind by Maggie Law ’10 and Ziwe Fumudoh ’10. Andover Girls also swept the 600, with Hatton taking first place, followed by Stassja Sichko ’10, Julie Cachia ’11, Leigh James ’11, Katie Ellinger ’12, and Eve Simister ’12. For the distance races, Billy Muran ’10 won the mile with a time of 5:15. In the two mile event, the longest running event in each meet, freshman James Hamilton captured first place with an astounding time of 10:46. One of the highlights of the meet came at the end for Andover, when Hatton, Sichko, Willis and Ellinger teamed up to run the 4 by 400 Relay. With three of the four athletes being distance runners, they were only used to running one event each meet. The 4 by 400 Relay was the most impressive of Hatton’s races on Wednesday. She said, “We were all excited going into the relay because it was right after the 1000, so we didn’t have any time to think about how tired we all were. Despite our exhaustion, we came ready to compete.” Even though many people had left by the time the relay runners stepped up to the startling lines, those who remained saw one of the most impressive come from behind victories of the season. The fourth runner on her team, Hatton came from behind in third place to win, running only three laps on the track. Not having a meet for another week, Andover Track will look to move into the speed portion of their workout. Next Wednesday, Andover will face off in a JV meet against rival Phillips Exeter Academy. In two weeks, Andover Varsity will look to take on Exeter’s varsity counterparts at their home track.