Naranjo ’15 Breaks Freshman Record; Andover Splits Victory

Cassie Naranjo ’15 broke the Freshman Girls’ High Jump Class Record by four inches in Andover Track’s dual meet against Chelmsford High School and Wilbraham last Saturday. Naranjo’s success led the Andover Girls Track and team to a back-to-back sweep, while Boys beat Wilbraham but suffered a close 58-44 loss to Chelmsford.

Naranjo cleared the high jump 5’2”, trumping the original 4’10” record. Shannon Adams ’12, Victorie Naranjo ’15 and Katherine Tobeason ’14 made up the rest of the girls’ high jump squad and collectively came out victorious.

Boys Captain James Lim ’12 said, “These ladies are more than exemplifying what talent and depth in PA Track and Field are all about.”

Compensating for the injuries riddling the team, underclassmen yet again stepped up on Saturday.

Lim said, “Kinsey Yost [’15] and Tobeason are improving their long jump marks in every single meet they compete in, reporting yet another two PRs en route to a 1-2 sweep.”

Anoush Shehadeh ’15 and Aly Wayne ’14 are also showing considerable promise and will be key contenders in Andover’s upcoming rivalry meet with Exeter. Shehadeh took first place in the girls’ two mile run on Saturday, while Aly took first place in the 1000-yard run and second in the 600-yard run.

Johnny Chacon ’14 carried the boys, running as the top seed in the 300-yard dash. He had an amazing run against the stacked Chelmsford 300 yard squad, beating his own personal record by a whole second.

Lim said, “The most challenging part of yesterday’s meet was to hold a strong core amidst so many injuries and illnesses. In retrospect, the team did a brilliant job of doing so, stepping up to fill in the vacancies and delivering their absolute best.”

Although Lim and Michael Garai ’13 are still suffering from their injuries, Joe Kruy ’12 returned for the meet and placed second in both the shot put and the 50-yard high hurdles.

Izzy Davila ’12 continued his amazing improvements, posting his new personal record in the 600-yard run.

“He is a true wonder on the track, improving at an amazing pace. He will be a force to reckon at Exeter and at Inter-scholastics,” said Lim.

Lastly, in the boys’ mile, Michael Frasco ’12 and James Hamilton ’12 posted first and second place finishes, respectively.

Andover will next face archrival Exeter next Wednesday, February 14.