Winter Track & Field

Boys Indoor Track Dominates First Snyder Center Meet

Co-Captain Giacomo Marino ’18 leads the pack during Andover Indoor Track & Field’s victory in the inaugural meet in the new Snyder Center.

In its first meet in the Snyder Center on Wednesday, Andover Boys Indoor Track & Field won in a tri-meet at against Governor’s and Wilbraham & Monson, with a score of 92-16-10, respectively. Andover’s record now stands at 1-0.

Despite losing many Seniors, Andover’s returning athletes and new talent shined.

Tulio Marchetti ’21 said, “The coaches said before the game that Andover is ‘the team to beat,’ whether that’s in the conference, or at the USATF regionals. We continue to strive for first place.”

Andover placed first in every event, from the 55-Meter Dash to the 2-Mile Run, and also earned six second place finishes.

Josh Thomas ’19 finished first in the 55-Meter Dash, in 6.96 seconds. In the 55-Meter Hurdles, Michael McCullom ’18 dominated the race with a time of 8.24 seconds, followed by teammates Andrew Wang ’18 and Neel Desai ’19, posting times of 9.29 seconds and 10.50 seconds, respectively.

In the last individual event of the day, the 1000-Meter Run, Andover swept all of the point-scoring places, with Sam Tobin ’18, David Cohen ’18, Cedric Elkouh ’18, and Will Leggat ’20 finishing with times of 2:51.93, 3:05.89, 3:09.36, and 3:21.20 minutes, respectively.

In the 4×400-Meter Relay, Andover finished nearly nine seconds ahead of its nearest competition, in 3:38.95 minutes, wrapping up the meet with a commanding victory.

According to Ayana Alemayehu ’21, the new track is a far and above improvement from the Case Memorial Cage.

Alemayehu said, “The track is really easy on your knees because of the rubber… all of it is completely new, no potholes [unlike the track in the Cage]… and there are tons of lanes, too, so tons of people can run on it.”

While this win will be one to savor, according to teammates, Andover is already looking ahead.

Kameron Saalfrank ’21 said, “This meet was a baseline. The coaches will take a look at the results, and we will look at what we need to do to improve better for the next meet.”

Andover will host a meet against Andover High School next Wednesday