Phillips Academy had the privilege of hosting this year's New England Division 1 Cross-Country Championships (NEPSTA/NEPSAC) which included fourteen girls teams and fifteen boys teams from nineteen different schools combining for approximately five-hundred total runners. The Phillips Academy Girls Cross Country took advantage of running on their home course, earning third place in the varsity race and second place in the junior varsity race.
In the days leading up to the race, bad weather, including a nor'easter, had the hosts concerned about their course. Head coach, Keri Lambert shared the work that went into having things ready, "Although just the day before, heavy rains and winds had pelted campus, the course was in terrific shape by the time the Girls Varsity race began at 1:15pm. The Academy’s Grounds Crew spent the morning clearing away a downed tree and leveling out the deep ruts in the tough outer loop of the course, which runs through the Cochran Sanctuary on the P.A. campus."
Leading Andover to its podium finish was Charlotte Whitehurst ‘22 (Annapolis, MD), who capped off her brilliant senior season with a 4th place finish in the Girls Varsity Race. Whitehurst's finish earned her All-New England honors. Teammates Tiffany Tang ‘22 (Spring, TX) and Caroline Empey ‘22 (Andover, MA) likewise claimed All-New England honors by placing amongst the top twenty runners (17th and 18th respectively). Rounding out Andover’s top five finishers were Emma Hagstrom ‘25 (Reading, MA) at 31st and Izzy Alvarez Martinez ‘23 (Lexington, MA) at 32nd.
Read Coach Lambert's full recap here.
Andover's varsity team won the Division I title in 1992, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2005-2010, 2014, and 2015. Moreover, the team has finished in a top-three podium position in ten of the previous eleven seasons. The JV team has finished 1st or 2nd place every year since 1999.