Amidst ear-splitting cheers from onlookers, Ethan McIntosh ’15 closed in on Choate’s lead runner, overtaking him just behind the Chapel for a second place finish on Saturday. Coupled with a strong performance from Ian Whittall ’14, Andover snagged first and second place against Choate on Saturday. However, the wins were not enough to secure an overall victory, and the team fell 20-32. Andover also struggled to find its footing against St. Paul’s and Exeter on Wednesday, falling 22-33 and 20-36. “Although we were hoping for a different team score, many of our runners had strong individual performances that give us something to look forward as we move into the second half of the season,” said Captain Scott Diekema ’14. “The best part was that I felt really comfortable with the course, since it’s here at home and we run so many workouts here, and I knew every twist and corner, all the little tactics, and how to get ahead by little seconds,” said Whittall. Against Choate on Saturday, Choate’s top five slotted between 16:24, and Paul McGovern ’15, who finished in 17:22. Choate’s top five runners finished within 34 seconds of each other.