Andover Varsity Runners Race to a Win Against Choate
At home on October 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM
Basil Alfaro '18 and Holden Ringer '17 lead the way for Big Blue runners with brilliant races.
The Andover boys' cross country team welcomed a strong Choate squad to the Great Lawn on an idyllic fall day, and in two competitive races, athletes from both teams raced to great performances.
On the Varsity side, Basil Alfaro '18 and Holden Ringer '17 led the pack, running brilliantly together for the whole race and finishing shoulder-to-shoulder in 16:57 to take first and second overall. Henry Spritz '19 (17:29) and Colby Lapointe '16 (17:34) also ran most of the race together, with Spritz breaking ahead to pass a Choate runner to secure fourth place on the final stretch. Patrick Dolan '16 dropped more than a minute from his personal best on the home course to take eighth place in 17:46. The rest of the large PA Varsity, Nathan Goldthwaite '18 (18:14), Noah Belser '16 (18:23), Jacob Buehler '19 (18:27), Spencer Davis '18 (18:27), and Alex Emerson '17 (18:29), competed well against great competition. Andover Varsity wins, 21-34.
In the JV race, despite falling behind a strong Choate team, Andover runners continued the trend of setting PRs. They were led by Sebastian Bishop '17, who extended his PR streak to four consecutive weeks with a speedy 19:06. Close behind, Jake Zanazzi '18 charged to a strong finish in 19:15 while three Andover runners, Sam Tobin '18, Abdu Donka '18, and Harvey Zheng '19, worked together to finish in 19:23. Will Kantaros '18 (19:27), Ethan Brown '17 (19:33), David Cohen '18 (19:43), John Wu '17 (20:06), Brett Sawka '17 (20:08), Jack O'Neil '19 (20:56), Jongho Park '16 (20:59), William Locke '19 (21:02), Junping Tang '18 (21:31), Glib Stronov '16 (22:26), Sam Katz '19 (22:28), Will Ennis '19 (22:32), James Jusuf '17 (22:55), and Nick English (23:28) rounded out the Andover JV team. Andover JV lost, 43-15.
The Andover boys look forward to next Saturday (10/17) when they will travel to New Hampshire to compete against two teams on the beautiful St. Paul's course.