Winter Track & Field

Boys Indoor Track Dominate Distance Events and Relay

In its second home meet in the new Snyder Center, Andover Boys Indoor Track & Field beat Lawrence High School and Governor’s Academy 75-46-15, in a tri-meet on Wednesday. Earlier in the week on Sunday, Andover competed in the non-scoring Greater Boston Track Club Invitational at Harvard University.

On Wednesday, Andover took the lead early on in the distance events but was faced with tougher competition in the sprinting events. However, the depth and talent of the team allowed Andover to prevail towards the end of the meet, according to Owen Glover ’19.

“On Wednesday, we got off to a great start by sweeping the mile. We cooled down a little after that and both Lawrence and Governors had some fast sprinters. The depth of our team really showed in the later events, and we placed 1 and 2 in almost every distance event. Depth was definitely the most important factor in our confident win,” said Glover.

In both the One-Mile and Two-Mile Run, Andover took the top four scoring places. Alex Fleury ’20 finished first in the Two-Mile Run with a time of 9:53.01 minutes, setting a new personal record for the event. Andover also saw strong performances from Max Yang ’20, David Cohen ’18, and Eric Wu ’18, who all finished in the top four behind Fleury. Captain Giacomo Marino ’18 finished first in the One-Mile Run and set the season record for the event with a time of 4:43.90 minutes. Similarly to the Two-Mile Run, Basil Alfaro ’18, Sam Tobin ’18, and Will Leggat ’20 all finished in the top four.

In the 4×400-Meter Relay, Andover took first and kept its undefeated record in the event by finishing 14.15 seconds ahead of second place finisher, Lawrence High School. Looking forward, the relay team could improve their handoffs in order to shave time off more time, according to Harrison Wilson ’20.

“Though both the boys and girls teams are looking amazing, I know the relay teams need to spend a little more time working on handoffs to take off a couple seconds there. Overall, the teams are very strong and will hopefully continue our strong momentum into our next few meets,” said Wilson.

In the Long Jump, Myers Hogan ’19 finished first with a jump of 19 feet and four inches, beating his second place competitor by six inches. In the Pole Vault, Akesh Shah ’18 finished first and set a new personal record.

In the upcoming meets, Andover hopes to build off of the strength of in the distance events and improve its performances in the sprints, especially the 55-Meter Dash, according to Glover.

“Either the mile or our 4×400 was the strongest event. Our 4×400 is unbeaten so far, but we haven’t really faced any competition with enough depth to challenge us yet. I think our worst even was probably the 55-meter sprint, but that was because of a few injuries and hopefully will be better next time,” said Glover.

Andover will host a meet at home next Wednesday against Governor’s, Wilbraham, MPrep and Landmark.