Chazen and Whittall Clinch Top 5

Coming down to the deciding sprint, Co-Captain Zoe Chazen ’14 was head to head with her Gould Academy archrival. In the Girls Group A Cycling race last Wednesday, Chazen fell to a last minute push from her opponent but still clinched second place in the highly competitive race.

“To be honest, the race was pretty boring until the final climb. A few girls and I tried to launch multiple attacks to separate from the pack, but each attempt failed, so it came down to the final climb. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to outsprint Melissa [Seib, Gould Academy ’15] at the top of the climb, but I am hoping to work more on my sprints as the season progresses,” said Chazen.

Chazen beat Seib in last week’s time trial and expects that she will be her toughest competition as the season continues.

Ian Whittall ’14 lead the Boys team, sprinting his way up the final hill to a fifth-place finish. He finished only five seconds behind the second place finisher with a time of 59:37 on the 20-mile track.

“If Ian had attacked earlier he could have finished with an even better time. We were very passive today, we did not do a lot of attacking,” said Nick Swenson ’15.

Andover Boys captured four of the top 15 spots as well in the Boys A Group in its race hosted by Holderness this Wednesday.

Logan Blaine ’14, Co-Captain Sean Burkitt ’14 and Swenson finished 10th, 13th and 14th, respectively.

“All four of us were in the pack for most of the race, and that is always a good sign,” added Swenson.

Andover will race at White Mountain School on May 7.