Urbanik Leads Andover to Victory
At Exeter on May 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Three wins from post-grad TJ Urbanik helped fuel Andover to a 21-point victory over their rivals, Exeter, closing out the 2017 on a winning note.
One week after winning the NEPSTA Division I title in dramatic fashion, the Andover boys were back in action at Phillips Exeter Academy, this time for their annual dual meet with the hosts. And once again, Andover would emerge victorious, ousting Exeter by a final margin of 82-63. Post-graduate TJ Urbanik (’17) led the way with three individual victories, while Noah Ward (’17) was also a double-winner in the Shot Put and the Discus, though it was undoubtedly a team effort. On that note, the meet itself got off to a good start for the Big Blue, as the much altered 4x100m relay team of Alex Apgar (’17), Josh Thomas (’19), Alex Ciccia (‘18), and Urbanik rebounded from last week’s DQ to claim the victory in 44.4 seconds. The 1500m would follow, which had traditionally been one of Exeter’s stronger events, but Giacomo Marino (’18) would supply a furious finish to break up Exeter’s top two runners and finish second, posting a career best time of 4:06.0, just 0.3 seconds behind the winner. Likewise, the 110m Hurdles would finish in a similarly close fashion, with Michael McCullom (’18) settling for second place, despite posting an identical time (15.7) as the winner. Despite the positive early signs, a 1-2-3 sweep of the Long Jump by Exeter meant Andover trailed 20-12 after four events, but then the throwing events started to score. The Discus supplied what was to be the first of two 1-2-3 sweeps of the throws, beginning with Ward, John Rex (’17), and Tyler Craigwell (’18), posting marks of 135-09, 127-07, and 127-03, respectively, but perhaps more importantly, allowing Andover to regain a one-point advantage. From there, Exeter would have no response, as the Big Blue went on to post victories in the next seven events, beginning with Owen Glover (’19) in the 400m (53.0 seconds), followed by a pair of wins from Urbanik in the 100m (11.2) and the High Jump (5-06.00). Thomas would chip in with a third place finish of his own in 100m (11.6), handing Andover a 37-31 point lead after eight events. The 800m was next on the track, which saw a closely contested race throughout, but a strong move by Sam Tobin (’18) with 200m to go saw him power down the stretch to claim the victory in 2:00.9, while Nathan Goldthwaite (’18) took third in 2:01.9. McCullom would then rebound from his earlier second place finish to win the 300m Hurdles by over two seconds, stopping the clock at 41.3 seconds, now stretching out Andover’s lead to ten points. And with the Shot Put coming in next, Andover’s lead would nearly double, as Ward, Rex, and Craigwell again combining for the 1-2-3 sweep, posting marks of 51-05.50, 43-05.00, and 39-09, respectively. Back on the track, Urbanik would claim his third and final individual victory, this time in the 200m, where he combined with Thomas to finish 1-2 with times of 23.0 and 23.5 seconds, the lead now at 65-39. A 1-2-3 sweep of the 3,000m by Exeter, however, would keep things interesting down the stretch, but a 2-3 finish the Pole Vault from Akesh Shah (’18) and Cole DeMeulemeester (’18) (both clearing 10-00.00), along with a 1-2 finish in the Javelin from Mike McGreal (’17) (155-05) and Alex Apgar (151-07) saw Andover cross the magical 73-point threshold, thus clinching the win. More points were to follow, as Dan Nakajima (’18) posted a personal best in the Triple Jump (39-02) to finish third, while the 4x400m relay team of McCullom, Goldthwaite, Tobin, and Glover ensured the season would end on a winning note, as they finished in 3:32.8 to claim the win.