Coming off an undefeated 2011 season, Andover Girls Indoor Track hopes to continue its strong performance this year despite the loss of many athletes from the Class of 2012.
Andover Boys Indoor Track is looking to overcome a disappointing season last year.
Co-Captains Becca Wagman ’13 and Demetri Papageorgiou ’13, both sprinters, will lead the girls and boys, respectively.
“We had a strong season last year, but we lost a lot of people this year,” Wagman said. “We now have a really young team, but I know that we can be just as successful. We plan to keep up our strong record, and I look forward to having a fantastic season. I know we can compete with any team out there if we work hard and have a positive attitude,” she continued.
Along with the newcomers, there are many key returners that look to use their experience to help the team, especially in the individual events.
Aly Wayne ’14 and Anoush Shehadeh ’15 will lead the distance squad. Shehadeh is coming off a historic cross country season, during which she shattered multiple course records and only placed first.
Cassie Narenjo ’15 and Victoria Narenjo ’15, both high jumpers, will lead the field events, while Diana Tchadi ’14 will lead the hurdlers. Charlie Jarvis ’15 also returns as a sprinter and hurdler.
“[Tchadi] had a strong season last year and hopes to shave off some seconds in the upcoming season,” said Wagman.
Many experienced runners and hurdlers will contribute for the boys, including Matt Fischetti ’14, John Arone ’14 and Tyler Marshall ’14.
J.D. Schink ’13 and Kailash Sundaram ’15 will lead the distance team, as Papageorgiou is a sprinter. Babatunde Bello ’13, Topher Hedley ’13 and Josiah Legaspi ’14 will be key members of the field events, according to Papageorgiou.
“The Boys Indoor Track team is poised to have a strong season. While there is no team championship at the end of the winter, the team has always looked toward the Exeter meet as the culmination of the season’s hard work. By then, I’m confident that our runners, throwers and jumpers will have put up some great marks,” said Papageorgiou.
“New to the school and to the Boys Track team is Brandon Girard [’16], who will contribute in the sprints and the jumps. There is already a great sense of solidarity within the team, and barring injuries and other setbacks, Boys Indoor Track should have a dominant winter season,” said Papageorgiou.
Both teams seek a strong start to the season in their first meet when they host Wilbraham and Monson Academy after Winter Break.