Sprinting down the last stretch, Michael Turner ’20 edged out his opponent by 2.22 seconds to secure first place in the mile race with a time of 4:52.44. His effort contributed to the 90-37-16 victory Andover Boys Track and Field won over Landmark and Chase Collegiate in the 11th and 12th grade meet on Wednesday. The 9th and 10th grade members traveled away for a tri-meet against Phillips Exeter Academy and Governor’s, where they placed second with 48 points.
Leading up to the meets, the team focused on staying healthy through warming up properly, according to Kareem Hill ’19.
Hill said, “A lot of the things we’ve been working on different from last year is that we wanted to maintain everybody’s health… One of the things we do in practice is an elongated warm up because the warmup is as important as the race itself, because if you’re not healthy then you can’t run to your full potential.”
Despite having a smaller team and less recovery time in between events, Andover was able to perform well, according to Captain Owen Glover ’19.
Glover said, “I think the most challenging aspect of today’s meet was how quickly the events occurred after one another because there was only one heat of every race. There was no Girl’s Mile, no girls in the Two Mile, so everything went by so quickly that there wasn’t nearly enough time to recover between races.”
In the 9th and 10th grade meet, team chemistry stood out in the 4×100 Meter and 4×400 Meter relays, according to Zach Moynihan ’21.
Moynihan said, “It’s always tough to lose, but I think that our team showed a really strong performance this meet, it was a lot of fun. It’s really great to see the camaraderie among the 9th and 10th graders… the support that everybody gave each other, that’s something that really stood out for me this meet.”
Andover will race at Exeter on Wednesday.