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Andover Falls to Exeter by 45 Points

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Alex Meyer ’20 pulled ahead at the end of the third leg of the 4×400-Meter Relay, setting anchor Alex Fleury ’20 up for a 3:35:13 finish and win against Phillips Exeter Academy, who finished with a time of 3:38:05. Despite the win, Andover Boys Indoor Track & Field lost the meet 32-77 on Wednesday. 

According to Zach Moynihan ’21, who placed sixth in the 55-Meter Sprint and set a personal record, this was one of the many strong races against Exeter on Wednesday.

Moynihan said, “I think that some of the most exciting parts of a meet are the ones where you are observing rather than competing. This was definitely true when it came to watching our 4×400 teams compete today. Both teams had incredible comebacks and showed a lot of heart. For these reasons, I think the relays were the perfect culmination of a really strong season.”

While the team did not win against Exeter, many of Andover’s runners secured personal records in their events, such as Timmer Verhaegh PG’19, who placed third in shot put with a personal record of 46-06.25 minutes.

Verhaegh said, “It was a tough meet for sure, Exeter has a lot of great athletes all around. We had a lot of great competition and a lot of great marks from our team. The final event [the 4×400 Relay] for both boys and girls was a huge win for us.”

Some races came down to hundreths of a second to separate first and second place. Fleury secured second place in the 1-Mile event with a time of 4:22.90 – just .17 seconds separated him from Exeter’s first place runner.

The first place 4×200-Meter Relay from Exeter and second place relay from Andover were separated by .65 seconds. Additionally, Fleury won the 2-Mile event with a time of 9:45.23 to Exeter’s 10:10.55.

The team’s final competition is the New England Track & Field championships on Sunday.