Andover Delivers Emphatic Performance at NEPSTA Championships
At Loomis on May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM
The Andover Girl's Track and Field team claimed their third consecutive NEPSTA Division I title, scoring 154 points to outdistance Exeter (62.5) and Loomis (52) for the win.
Despite cold and rainy conditions at the Loomis Chaffee School, the Andover girls track and field team delivered an emphatic performance at the 2018 NEPSTA Division I Championship meet, racking up an astonishing 154 points to outdistance closest rivals Exeter (62.5) and Loomis (52) to claim their third consecutive New England title. Senior captain Fredericka Lucas (2018) was named the meet’s most outstanding performer for her individual victories in the 100m and 200m, in addition to running the anchor leg on the winning 4x100m relay team. With sixteen different athletes contributing points in sixteen out of seventeen events, however, it was undoubtedly a team effort.
The competition got underway at 10:30 AM with the field events, a light rain making for challenging conditions. But that didn’t stop Sophia Slovenski (2018) from setting a new facility, school, and NEPSTA record in the Pole Vault, clearing 10-10.00 to win the first event of the day. Silvia Alonso Cirbian (2018) quickly followed suit with a second place victory in the Long Jump with a leap of 16-01, followed by a fifth place finish in the Discus from Serena Liu (2019), whose throw of 94-10 was just shy of a personal best. This collectively put Andover in second after three events with 20 points, trailing only Northfield Mt. Hermon’s 28.
From there, however, attention would turn to the track, where the 4x100m relay team of Rachel Chang (2020), Victoria Kadiri (2020), Isobel Glass (2021), and Lucas executed three flawless handoffs to circle the oval in a season best time of 49.66 seconds to claim their third consecutive victory in the event, putting Andover back into the lead. The trials of the 100m Hurdles and the 100m Dash would follow, which signaled some good omens for the Big Blue. Maddy Silveira (2020) was first to book her spot in the finals, posting a season best time of 16.67, quickly followed by Tessa Conrardy (2020), whose time of 15.88 broke her own Lower Record by 0.21 seconds. Once the hurdles were cleared, Fredericka Lucas wasted no time in winning her preliminary heat in 12.98 seconds, again quickly followed by Victoria Kadiri, who was a surprise winner of the third prelim in 13.14 seconds.
With the finals of the dash and hurdles now set, attention shifted to the 1500m. Michaela Jones (2018) and Isabella Morzano (2018) quickly separated from the pack with runners from Deerfield and St. Paul’s, with Jones eventually pulling away for second (4:49.52) and Morzano taking fourth (4:54.58), both in season best times. Lillie Cooper (2021) would follow up that effort with a fourth place finish of her own in the 400m (1:00.23), while a third place finish from Lucas in the High Jump (4-10.00) meant that Andover now held a twenty-two point lead in the team race, leading NMH 52-30.
Back to the straightaway, the 100m final saw Andover really begin to assert control. Fredericka Lucas dominated the race from start to finish, taking the win in a season best 12.68 seconds, but teammate Victoria Kadiri again surprised the field to cross the line in second place (13.02 seconds), ensuring a 1-2 finish for the Big Blue. The 100m Hurdle final saw even more points headed Andover’s way, as Tessa Conrardy again lowered her class record to a blazing 15.69 to second place, followed by Maddy Silveira in fifth (16.68 seconds), altogether giving Andover an astonishing forty-eight point lead after nine events.
But the Big Blue were by no means done. Another 1-2 sweep, this time in the Javelin, saw Andover collect eighteen more points, with Sophia Slovenski claiming her second win of the day with a toss of 115-00, followed by Serena Liu in second (92-00). A sixth place finish from Melanie Cheung (2020) in the Triple Jump (32-05.25) brought Andover’s total haul to 99 points, with NMH (40) and Exeter (31.5) a distant second and third.
Back on the track, Lucas and Isobel Glass would secure spots in the 200m finals, while Sadie-Cheston Harris (2020) and Lindsey Rosenberg quickly followed-up with a fifth and sixth finish in the 800m, posting times of 2:24.53 and 2:27.99, respectively. Tessa Conrardy would then avenge her close defeat in the 100m Hurdles, this time battling with Exeter’s runner down the down stretch of the 300m Hurdles, ultimately taking the win at the line in a time of 46.44 seconds – good for her second lower record of the day, and for ten more points.
At the point the rain was really starting to come down, but that didn’t stop the points from coming in. Lucas would step up to claim her third win of the day, this time in the 200m, pulling away from the field in 26.21 seconds, while Isobel Glass finished fourth in 27.51, pushing Andover’s total to an astonishing 126, some 75.5 points ahead of second place Exeter. But when it rains, it pours, and Michaela Jones and Molly MacQueen (2021) teamed up for Andover’s third 1-2 finish of the day, both posting season best times of 10:32.70 and 10:36.00 in the 3000m. And with 144 points, it was left to the 4x400m team of Cheston-Harris, Cooper, Rosenberg, and Jones to put the cherry on top. And they did not disappoint, running a season best of 4:08.78 to win Andover’s eighth event of the day, leaving the team with massive haul of 154 points – but, more importantly, their third consecutive NEPSTA title.
Further more detailed results.