Track Gains Experience Despite Loss to Archrival Phillips Exeter Academy

Andover’s Track Team brought its fiercest competition to Exeter, New Hampshire this past Wednesday to face archrival Phillips Exeter Academy. This last team meet of the season was “a good meet to end on,” according to Coach Corbin Lang, despite the loss for the team as a whole. Many team members performed better than they had all season, achieving season’s bests and personal records. Jack Walker ’09 won the 50 Meter dash, beating an extremely competitive field of Exeter and Andover runners by a very slim margin. Captain Mide Babatunde ’09 won the high jump, with a height of 5’ 4”. Coach Lang said, “This was really a great way for him to end the season.” He continued, “He won his field event, at Exeter, in the last meet of his last indoor season.” John McKenna ’10 won the long jump, with a length of 18’ 5.5”, despite having recently recovered from an injury. Joe Kruy ’12 had the same time for the 50 Meter Hurdles as a senior hurdler from Exeter, 6.7 seconds. Track officials gave the win to the Exeter hurdler, although their times were tied. Malin Adams ’09 won the pole vault with a height of 10’ 6”, and Chase Potter ’09 won the 300 Meter dash with a time of 35.9 seconds. The boys’ relay team came in a very close second. After Walker, Anthony Morlani ‘09, and Potter had run the first three legs, Babatunde ran the final 400 meters in the 4×400 Meter Relay. Despite catching up to the Exeter runner, Babatunde’s competition was able to pull away in the final meters of the race. Running the Two Mile event, Cayla Hatton ’12 was the only Andover girl to win her respective event. She won in a decisive fashion, lapping all of her competitors at least two times. Finishing in 11:34.6 minutes, Hatton came close to beating Exeter’s indoor Two Mile record. Despite all of these victories, Andover was not able to pull away , when the scores were counted up, win. Coach David Callum said, “Several of our events were very competitive, with our athletes getting close seconds. The score doesn’t really do justice to the effort we put in.” Lang, who believes that improvement is the main goal, said, “I was very glad that we saw so much improvement from the beginning of the season to now.” He continued, “Despite the loss, we saw a lot of great things from everyone today.”