Girls Dominate with First-Place Finishes

Cayla Hatton ’12 broke yet another school record in the 1500m race at Andover Track’s meet on Saturday. Aly Wayne ’14 and Anoush Shehadeh ’15 followed closely behind and rounded out a 1-2-3 finish for Andover. Andover faced off against Deerfield and Taft on Saturday. The girls pulled away with a strong victory over Taft and Deerfield by 22 and 27 points, respectively, while the boys lost to both opposing schools. Andover had to make up for much missing talent with most of its key Seniors on college visits. Diana Tchadi ’14 said, “We were really able to come together, step up and pull through with the win.” The girls won the 4x100m, 4x400m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and the 3000m. Along with the record-breaking Hatton, they saw strong performances from Tchadi, Kinsey Yost ’15 and Captain Alexis Walker ’12. Though Andover captured first place in several events, the girls’ main weakness was their inability to get the second through fourth place finishes. Tchadi said, “Our depth will come with time and work. We will also have the return of our missing Seniors. We are not worried as for the rest of the season because we will only keep improving from this point on.” The boys won the 1500m, 3000m, Discus and Shot Put. They had especially strong performances from Jack Ward ’13 and Michael Frasco ’12. Ward said, “We had a rough day on Saturday, but it’s nothing to hang our heads about. We worked hard and did the best we could. We were also missing some Seniors to college visits. As the season goes on, we will only get better.” Andover also faced off this Wednesday against Exeter, Milton and St. Paul’s. The girls were again victorious in a close win. Unfortunately, the boys did not have the same luck as the girls and lost again. The girls won the long jump, 200m, 100m, 300m hurdles, 400m and the 4×400 relay. The boys fought hard but could not pull out the victory. They won the 1500m, Shot Put, Discus and 4×100 relay. Ward kept up his winning streak, dominating in all of his events. The boys also had strong showings from Frasco and Captain James Lim ’12, who came back from an injury from the first meet of the season. The girls look to keep their streak alive, while the boys will work to end their drought in Andover’s meet against Northfield Mount Hermon on Saturday.