Boys Cross Country

Boys Cross Country Narrowly Beats Northfield Mount Hermon

Andover BXC awaits the start signal.

Captain Giacomo Marino ’18 ran past the finish line with a time of 16:17 minutes, finishing in second place in the meet against Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) last Saturday. Marino’s performance helped Andover Boys Cross Country secure a narrow 26-29 win to continue its undefeated season.

Marino said, “I thought the win against NMH this weekend was a great show of depth from our team once again. NMH has really emerged as a very talented team this year and clinching a win over them this weekend was a great sign.”

Coach Jeff Domina wrote in an email to The Phillipian, “NMH brought us even stronger competition than we had expected, but the team rose to the challenge and ran some fantastic races to pull off Varsity and JV wins. It was a fun day all around with lots of PR’s in spite of the heat, exciting finishes, and a great Family Weekend crowd.”

Alongside Marino, Alex Fleury ’20, Spencer Davis ’18, and Nathan Goldthwaite ’18 secured four out of the the top six finishes with respective times of 16:23, 16:59, and 17:04 minutes.

Strong pack-running and Andover’s familiarity to its home course helped the team beat NMH, according to Davis.

Davis said, “It was really hard actually, but I think we all did pretty well. I got separated from the pack early on, but I managed to stay in the race.”

Andover hopes to defeat NMH a second time in the upcoming Interschols meet.

Marino said, “They will want to beat us even more at Interschols, but we’ll be ready.”

Andover looks to uphold its undefeated record this Saturday in its meet against Deerfield.

Anthony Minickiello ’20 said, “The team is maintaining healthy and moderate eating habits, proper hydration, and active recovery. Although the team does these things on a regular basis, they are more important now that championship season looms just ahead. Workout intensity is nearing its peak around the time of the Deerfield meet, so having enough energy power to power through these last hard workouts will result in a good start to championship season.”