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Top Place Finishes End Great Year

Zoe Chazen ’14 and Captain Rachel Wittenberg ’13 both placed in the top five for Andover Cycling in the Profile School Road Race. Chazen took fourth, while Wittenberg was right behind her in fifth. On the boys side, Ian Whittal ’14 took fourth and Co-Captain Sean Burkitt ’14 took eighth in the Boys A Division. In the Boys B Division, Nick Swenson ’15 finished in tenth place with a time of 1:13:15. Swenson finished just three seconds behind the eighth place rider. Felix Liu ’15 finished in 17th place in the Boys B Division. In the Boys C Division, Scott Macdonald ’15 finished in seventh place. Gardner Wilson ’16, the only Junior on the team, finished in tenth place, continuing his upward trajectory this season. In the Girls C Division, Amanda Reichenbach ’14 finished in seventh place on the challenging Profile course. The conditions made this 12-lap circuit race very challenging for the riders. “It made a lot of the descents on the dirt road dangerous,” said Wilson. “You had to have your hands on the brakes at all times, or else you would crash.” Wilson had a first-hand encounter with the effects of the weather when a racer ahead of him crashed, causing him to fall behind. This year Proctor, KMS and Gould have consistently been Andover’s biggest competition, and riders from these schools have been taking first place. Coach Thayer Zaeder said, “The team has been good, given the number of new riders and the relatively small squad that we bring to each race. They have performed well [and there are] always a lot of variables […] like injuries, mechanical issues during the race, etc.” Andover Cycling prepares to face Exeter at the time trials this Saturday.