Matt Higgins ’10 Wins Four Events Against NMH

Matt Higgins ’10 won four events last Saturday and led Andover to a strong 124.5-99.5 win over Northfield Mount Herman. Higgins kept Andover in the competition with his four crucial wins, and allowed the boys’ long distance team to put the meet away in the 3000-meter race. Matt Higgins ’10 won four events, the 100m, 200m, 4 by 100m relay, and 4 by 400m relay, earning 27 points for the team, putting it in a position to be tied by the end of the meet. Phil Hofer ’10 ran and won the 800m and 1500m, earning twelve points. With Higgins’ and Hofer’s wins, the score stood tied at the start of the 3000. Coach Jonathon Stableford said, “When the boys lined up for the 3000, we heard the score was tied. We ended up sweeping the event; that news helped inspire the runners.” Renat Zalov ’11, Matt Appleby ’11, and James Hamilton ’12 finished first, second and third, earning 12 points for the team; the javelin throwers rallied too, and Keaton Cashin ’10, Tyler Bond ’10, and Alec Bingaman ’10 swept, earning 13 points. Captain Peter Hetzler ’10 said, “Not only do we have stars who place first every meet, but we also have many athletes snagging important second and third places to ensure the win.” The girls’ team struggled with NMH in the beginning, but it came from behind to win 126.5-71. “In the beginning of the meet, the scores seemed pretty close, but once we accumulated more points in the running events, we were feeling very secure,” said Captain Colleen Flanagan ‘10. Allison Morrison ’12 was the highest scorer for the girls’ team, earning 19.5 points by winning the long jump, high jump, 300-meter hurdles, and 4 by 400-meter relay. Kelsey Jamieson ’12 scored twelve points, finishing first in both the 1500m and 3000m, and Aniebiet Ekpa ‘10 also earned twelve points by winning the 100m and 200m races. Patrick Wolber ’11 finished second in both the 1500m and 800m, earning eight points, as did Alexis Walker ’12 in the 100m and 200m. “We have so many incredible athletes in every event,” said Flanagan. “So far, the season is going even better than I expected, seeing as on most occasions, we almost double the points scored by other teams.” Andover will travel to Loomis Chaffee this Saturday.