Come-From-Behind 4×400 Victory Anchors Milton Sweep

In the final lap of the 4×400-meter relay, Andover was behind Milton Academy. With the crowd cheering alongside him, Matt Fischetti ’14 grabbed the baton, chased down Milton’s anchor and left him in the dust en-route to a 4×400-meter-relay victory and a near 50-second lap time.

Fischetti’s come-from-behind victory wrapped up Andover Boys Track and Field’s 106-96 win over Milton. The team also defeated St. Paul’s School and Lawrence Academy, which scored 28 and eight points, respectively. This Andover win comes on the heels of a crushing loss to Phillips Exeter Academy two weeks ago.

“Personally I thought the meet was a great success. Despite the less than ideal [weather] conditions, everyone got focused and performed exceptionally well,” said Fischetti, who also placed first in both the 110-meters hurdles and 300-meters hurdles.

Ralph Skinner ’16 added, “After being beat by Exeter, it was good to see myself and the team get back to our feet with a win on Saturday.”

Andover Girls Track and Field also took first place in the quad meet with an overpowering 133.33 points. Milton finished second with 89.33 points, followed by St. Paul’s and Lawrence 28 and 8, respectively.

Peyton McGovern ’16 won the Girls’ 1500-meter once again. McGovern set a personal record by once again breaking the five-minute mark. McGovern currently holds the fastest time among Merrimack Valley high school athletes this season.

Camille Little ’16 also continued her success. Little sprinted to victory in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes for the second week in a row.

Caroline Shipley ’16 placed first in the 400-meter for the second time this season. Shipley placed second when Andover raced Exeter on April 19.

Parker Tope ’16 won the 800-meter for the first time this season and rookie Deyana Marsh ’17 won the 100-meter hurdles.

On the Boys side, the meet had a dramatic flair. After bolting into first place duringr the 100-meter dash, Ryder Stone ’14 saw a silhouette of a St. Paul’s sprinter in his peripheral vision. Stone, however, using his 5’10” and 205-pound build, surged forward in the last ten meters to net first place for the Andover Boys Track and Field team last Saturday at Milton.

On the distance Boys events, Keton Kakkar ’15 won the 800-meter and Ralph Skinner ’16 won the 3000-meter.

After a dominating victory, Andover will head down to Loomis in order to take on Loomis Chaffee and Northfield Mount Hermon this Saturday.