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Girls Cross Country

Girls Cross Country charged into preseason, eager to continue last season’s undefeated streak and sixth straight New England Championship.

“Preseason was difficult because we’re all still getting back into the swing of things, but judging by the talent I saw at preseason, this year definitely will be a successful one,” said returning runner MJ Engel ’13.

Armed with the experience of past seasons, seniors Kelsey Jamieson, Marga Kempner, and Captain Katie Ellinger will be pivotal runners this season, playing a large role in Andover’s potential wins.

As the team moves forward into their season, Andover hopes to create a sense of team unity like that of previous years in order to maintain their spirit and enthusiasm

Engel said, “Our team was very close last year and really supported each other. We helped new people realize their potential and improve. And I think this year will be equally fantastic because Katie [Ellinger] is such an amazing captain and already has been working to bring the team together.”

Though still uncertain, Coach Lang indicated that based on preseason practices, it is possible that Cayla Hatton ’12 and Hailey Novis ’13 will be joining the increasingly competitive Andover squad this year.

Lang continued, “We need to stay healthy and stay positive. Until we see the whole team in practice for a week or so, we will not know about our depth. We may need to develop some runners to provide the depth we’ll need to repeat the performance of past years.”

Despite nominal concerns expressed by Coach Lang, the team is exceedingly confident in their ability to once again take the title. Willing to train harder than ever, Andover refuses to become complacent and have their title taken from them.

But even with all this talent and dedicated work ethic, Andover will still have to work hard against their toughest competitors—Nobles, St. Pauls, and Deerfield—in order to keep up their undefeated record. Already amped up about the season, Andover is even more excited to be hosting Interschols this November and looks to secure their seventh championship title in a row.