Stepping into the 4×400-meter for the first time in his Andover Track career, Keton Kakkar ‘15 grabbed the baton from Christian Cruz ’16, sprinted ahead and passed first place Loomis at the 300-meter mark in the second leg.
Kakkar’s 400-meter leg, however, did not end without dramatics. As Kakkar handed off the baton to Will Hartemink ’17, Kakkar tripped over the track rails and fell to the ground. Hartemink, fortunately, grabbed the baton and did not give up Andover’s 4×400-meter lead. Matthew Fischetti ’14 anchored Andover’s 4×400-meter victory.
While Andover ended the meet on a strong note, Andover Boys Track fell 93-56 to Loomis. On the Girls side, Andover tied Loomis at 70 points in a heavily-contested matchup.
On Wednesday, Andover overwhelmingly swept its competitor in its lead up to the NEPSTA Division I Championships.
“Today’s meet was a great momentum builder heading into New England’s. With only two days to recover from a competitive meet against NMH and Loomis, we saw some peak performances and new personal bests!” said Boys Track Captain Rob Rush ’14, who did not compete due to injury.
Andover Boys Track scored 143 points, compared to 52 points from Cushing, 38 points from Concord, and seven points from Pingree.
Andover Girls Track racked up 156 points. Pingree, Cushing and Concord followed with 35, 28 and 26, respectively.
On the Boys side, Fischetti took home the victory in three events: the Boys 110-meter hurdles, the Boys 200-meter and the Boys Pole Vault.
Andover Football Running Back Ryder Stone ’14 secured two first place finishes in the Boys 100-meter and the Javelin Toss.
Will Hartemink ’17, Michael Moore ’14 and Noah Ward ’14 won the Boys 400-meter, Shot Put and Discus Toss, respectively.
Ralph Skinner ’16, Paul McGovern ’15 and Kailash Sundaram ’15 led the pack in the Boys 3000-meter.
Andover Girls’ Track took first place in both the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay.
Sarah Humes 16’ secured the victory in the Girls 100-meter Hurdles with a time of 17.51 seconds. University of Chicago Soccer recruit and Girls’ Track Captain Diana Tchadi ’14 came in a close second with a time of 17:54.
The Girls also swept the 300-meter Hurdles. Charlie Jarvis ’15, Humes and Tchadi took first, second and third place, respectively.
Caroline Shipley ’16 and Camille Little ’16 continued their season-long dominance. Shipley won the Girls 400-meter while Little won both the 100-meter and 200-meter race.
“My teammates and coaches have pushed and encouraged me a lot this season, and that inspires me to work even harder,” said Shipley.
In regards to Girls field events, Alexis Lefft ’16 took first place in the Shot-Put and Jenny Huang ’16 won the Pole Vault.
Shanice Pimentel ’14 and Jarvis took first and second, respectively, in the Girls Long Jump.
Andover also swept the Girls Triple Jump. Abena Asare-Bediako ’14, Taryn Gangi ’16, Humes ’16, Mikayla Schmidt ’17 and Nupur Neogi ’16 took first, second, third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.
Andover Track looks to use its momentum to capture a strong finish at the NEPSTA Interscholastic Championships next Saturday, May 17.