Girls Track & Field: Victoria Kadiri ’20

Holding the school record in the 55-Meter Dash with 7.25 seconds, Captain Victoria Kadiri ’20 leads Andover primarily in sprints and field events. Despite the cancellation of the spring season, she is still trying to do her part as Captain by staying in contact with her teammates and coaches.

How are you trying to connect your team despite being off-campus?

We’re trying a lot of different things to keep the team connected. As of right now, we’re having weekly group Zoom calls as well as smaller team challenges to get everyone involved. Something that’s also been cool is the series of virtual meets organized by our league. It’s been fun to see what people are up to while at home.

What’s your favorite memory from Andover Track?

As a personal thing, I think my favorite memory was the [4×100-Meter Relay] at Interschols last year. When I got the baton, I was a few steps behind, but ended up catching up and winning. It was amazing to celebrate with my team afterwards, not just that race but the work we’d been putting in all season and [it] was made even sweeter when we ended up winning the title.

Did you have any role models throughout your track career? (This could be a past teammate, a coach, or a pro runner)

One person I admire was our old coach, Coach Johnson.[a][b] When I first met her [Junior] year, I was really intimidated by her, but as I got to know her, it became really clear that she…had a lot of experience as a runner herself, and…knew exactly what she was talking about. She was someone that I knew was always looking out for me and my success as a runner and a person. I was sad to see her leave the coaching staff after my [Junior] year, but I look back on my time with her fondly and she’s one of the reasons that I’ve stuck with track at Andover.