Camille Little ‘16 could not be stopped on Saturday. Competing with the best in the NEPSAC league, 5’1” Little swept the short sprints, taking home first in the Girls 100-meter and Girls 200-meter at the 75th New England Prep School Track Association Class A meet on Saturday.
Little’s 22.5 points in her three events led to Andover Girls Track’s fourth place finish. The team finished with 70 points. Loomis, Hotchkiss and Northfield Mount Hermon took first, second and third with 83, 82 and 70 points, respectively.
Andover Boys Track, however, did not enjoy much success. The team tied for ninth place in a field of 12 teams with 22 points. Archrival Phillips Exeter Academy, who placed first, scored a whopping 121 points. Exeter was followed by Loomis and Hotchkiss, who scored 89 and 85 points, respectively.
“As a team, we knew the competition was going to be exceptionally tough, and it would take a miracle for us to be a factor among the top teams. Everyone performed at, or better than, their season bests; it’s just the league was that much better,” said Indoor Track Co-Captain Matt Fischetti ’14.
On the Girls side, Little scored around a quarter of Andover’s points. This year marks the second straight year that Little has finished first in the Girls 100-meter.
Little was also part part of 4×100 relay team that recorded first place and set a meet record. In addition to Little, Taryn Gangi ’16, Charlie Jarvis ’15 and Shanice Pimentel ’14 ran the race.
Jarvis also captured first in the 300-meter hurdles. Sarah Humes ’16 contributed to the team with a fourth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles and a fifth place finish in the 100-meter hurdles.
Peyton McGovern ’16 placed second in the 1500-meter with a time of 4:45.78, while Sharon Platt ’15 took sixth in the 800-meter in 2:25.56.
Megan Tao ’15, Evelyn Tackett ’15, Caroline Shipley ’16 and Jarvis capped off the day with a first place finish in the 4×400-meter relay.
“While individually I had a really tough day, the team was incredibly supportive. They literally picked me up and kept me going. I couldn’t ask for a better group of teammates,¨ said Shipley. ¨I was so happy to come back and run the 4x[400-meter relay], and so proud of each of the outstanding performances we saw on Saturday.”
On the Boys side, Fischetti recorded a record of four personal bests. Fischetti took second in the High Jump, fifth in the 110-meter hurdles, sixth in the 300-meter hurdles and was part of the 4×400-relay team that took fourth. Other members of the relay team were Christian Cruz ’16, Keton Kakkar ’15 and Edward Hartemink ’17.
Fischetti scored 12 points, representing more than half of Andover’s points on the day.
“Personally, I did pretty well, scoring in all of my events and high jumping six feet and running under 16 seconds in the hurdles to earn All-New England in both those events,” said Fischetti.
Co-Captain Rob Rush ’14 secured fifth place in the Boys Long Jump with a 20-foot leap, while Mike Moore ’14 took fourth in the Boys Shot Put. Ryder Stone ’14 also contributed to the team’s points with sixth in the Javelin Throw.
After losing to Exeter 191-38 earlier in the season and 121-22 at Interschols, Andover Boys and Girls Track will look to narrow the deficit when it caps of its season against Exeter on Saturday.
“It’s all about looking into the future. We have a lot of young guys on the team for next year, and giving Exeter a good run this weekend will be a big boost in terms of the team’s experience,¨ said Fischetti.