Talent and Depth Lead Team to Victory

Despite the bright sun and boiling temperatures, Andover Track persevered and outpaced NMH, Lawrence Academy and Milton last Saturday. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams won by a wide margin, scoring a combined 124 points. Both the boys’ and girls’ 4×100 relays did well. The boys team, made up of David Knapp ’10, Peter Hetzler ’10, Co-Captain Chase Potter ’09 and Phil Hofer ’10, won with a time of 3:34.8. Hetzler also ran in the 300 hurdles and in the 400, finishing in third place and first place, respectively. Hetzler finished the 400, a race that he has dominated all season, with a time of 52.08. The girls 4×100 teams placed second and third. Tafarii McKenzie ’12, Colleen Flanagan ’10, Ambika Krishnamachar ’11 and Stassja Sichko ’10 ran the race in 4:22.4, and Ziwe Fumudoh ’10, Aniebiet Epka ’11, Flanagan and Caroline O’Sullivan ’10 finished in 4:53.54. Epka led the team this week. She not only participated in the relay, but also earned a significant amount of points for Andover in the 100 and 200, finishing second in both with times of 13.04 and 26.07. The distance team showed strength as well. The three boys running the 3000 came in first, second and third: Patrick Wolber ’11 in 9:58.94, Michaeljit Sandhu ’09 in 10:22.60, and Matt Appleby ’11 in 10:42.01, respectively. The girls on the distance team dominated the 1500, winning the first four places. Cayla Hatton ’12 continued her success from the winter term with a win in a time of 5:06.88. Stephanie Moroney ’09 finished second in 5:11.53, closely followed by Caitlin Kingston ’11 in 5:12.40, and Berol Dewdney ’09 in 5:16.93. The triple jump girls won similarly, the four jumpers, Orie Idah ’11, Co-Captian Annie McDonough ’09, Natalie Cheng ’10, and Kemi Amurawaiye ’11 finished in the first four places, respectively. The javelin throwers also did very well – Alexander Bingman ’10 won with a throw of 156-00, and Tyler Bond ’10 came in second at 147-05. However, one of the most impressive performances of the meet came from a female javelin thrower. Jamie Shenk ’12 won the event by a considerable margin while also breaking the Junior record with a throw of 103-00. She was followed by Sadiqa Farrow ’09 at 91-08 and Kayla Rosario ’11 with a distance of 74-05 in second and third place. Shenk said, “I’d barely heard of the javelin throw before the summer Olympics, but when I came here and started track, I made a random decision to try it.” Shenk threw over 10 feet farther than at her last meet, and 30 feet farther than at her first meet. “The first time I threw, Coach Bernieri told me to stay with it, that I had a lot of potential, so I kept throwing, and now I’m doing better than I could have imagined,” she said.