Records Fall at 2020 Opener
The Andover girls' track and field team returned to action this past Wednesday and hit the ground running (no pun intended), scoring 63 points to outdistance both North Reading High (56 points) and Tewksbury Memorial High (12).
Records fell in each of the first three track events, beginning with the mile. Charlotte Whitehurst (’22) combined with Tiffany Tang (’22), Isabella Alvarez Martinez (’23), and Ava Sullivan (’23) to lead a 1-2-3-4 sweep of the event, where Whitehurst’s time of 5:25.39 broke Michael’s Jones’ (’18) facility record. Myra Bhathena (’22) would quickly follow suit in the 55m Hurdles, stopping the clock at 8.96 seconds to take second place and lower her own school record by .04 seconds (as well as establish a new lower record). Moments later it was déjà vu, as Victoria Kadiri (’20) time of 7.41 seconds in the 55m also lowered her own school record by the same amount, combining with Emily Cain (’23) to lead a 1-2 finish in the event.
The success on the track would continue as the 4x200m relay team of Cain, Bhathena, Kendall Toth (’23), and Kadiri teamed up for the victory in 1:57.12, followed by Natasha Muromcew’s (’22) win in the 2 mile (12:02.94). Athalia Esty (’22) would then post a win of her own in the 300m with a time of 46.53, followed by Toth in second (48.10) and Isabel Tu (’22) in fourth (49.69). The final individual event, the 1000m, saw both Whitehurst and Esme Huh (’22) break the lower class record, with Whitehurst taking her second win of the day in 3:17.31 followed closely by her teammate in 3:17.77. Sadie Cheston-Harris claimed fourth place in 3:39.32.
Kadiri posted Andover’s lone win in the field events, taking the Shot Put with a throw of 31-11.00. Rory Haltmaier (’20) finished second in the Long Jump with a leap of 14-09.75, just ahead of Tu, whose jump of 14-07.00 was good for fourth, while Ridley Warner (’22) claimed fourth place in the Pole Vault with a personal best of 6-06.00
The final event of the afternoon, the 4x400m, saw a second place finish from the Big Blue, as Alvarez Martinez, Sullivan, Tang, and Huh teamed up to post a time of 4:52.17. Andover will be back in action this Sunday, as the team heads down to Harvard to compete in the GBTC Invitational.