Andover Boys Cross Country maintained its record with a 17-45 win over St. Paul’s. The return of previously-injured Captain Giacomo Marino ’18 contributed to Andover’s success this past Saturday. The team has been undefeated this season.
Andover secured the top seven slots at Saturday’s meet, with the exception of third place. Led by Marino, a pack consisting of Alex Fleury ’20, Spencer Davis ’18, Nathan Goldthwaite ’18, Sam Tobin ’18, and Harrison Wilson ’20 finished with times of 17:05, 17:05, 17:10, 17:46, 17:46, and 18:03, respectively.
Andover was optimistic heading into the race, as it did not expect strong competition from the St. Paul’s team, according to Wilson.
“Heading into the St. Paul’s match, we knew our previous opponent, Choate, whom we secured a [24-36] victory over, was a great deal stronger than that of St. Paul’s, so there was definitely less pressure,” said Wilson.
Nick Demetroulakos ’19 said, “Choate has a great squad of runners that gave us a run for our money with Giacomo out front, where St. Paul’s is building more of a foundation. It’s definitely a recovery year for them. They have a lot of strength around the middle, but their tops and bottoms are a little flimsier. It was a nice race to get into our stride and get a good win on the board.”
Although the team has found success this season, it will still concentrate on improving its techniques before its last meet.
“As we look toward the meets ahead, we’re going to keep our focus on strength, speed, and effective pack running,” wrote Head Coach Jeffrey Domina in an email to The Phillipian.
Andover will race Northfield Mount Hermon this weekend.