Andover Boys Finish 2nd in Close Interschols Race
At Hotchkiss on November 9, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Andover JV team takes first!
On a beautiful Sunday morning at Hotchkiss, the Andover cross-country team took the line for the 2014 NEPSTA Division I Cross Country championship, racing very well in competitive fields at both the varsity and JV levels. On the varsity side, captain Ethan McIntosh '15 closed his prep cross-country career with a brilliant race, taking third in 15:58 after battling with the top two finishers for the duration of the race. McIntosh, along with the top two finishers, raced faster than the course record of 16:23, which had stood for ten years. Running well together as they have all season, Ralph Skinner '16 (16:57) and Paul McGovern '15 (17:00) moved up several spots in the final half-mile, finishing 9th and 11th, respectively. Fighting through the last mile to cap a successful season, John Gorton '15 was Andover's fourth finisher and the 20th overall with a time of 17:16. Another pair of Andover runners, Colby LaPointe '16 (17:32) and Tom Burnett '15 (17:33), pushed each other to great races, and Arthur Doran '15 rounded out the varsity seven in 18:07. In an incredibly close race, Andover finished second of fifteen teams, just nine points behind an excellent Exeter team.
The JV runners continued the success for Andover, paced by Kailash Sundaram '15, who ran his fastest time of the season in the biggest race, finishing in 5th place with a time of 18:10. Following closely, Basil Alfaro '18 returned to racing after several weeks of battling injury with a brilliant 7th-place finish in 18:12. Jacob Peffer '17, recovering from early season injuries of his own, came in next for Andover in 18:22, taking 9th place. Max Lee '15 (18:28) and BrianPaul Robert '16 (18:30) rounded out the scoring five with great races, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively. Also running for the JV, Abhinav Venigalla '15 (18:43), Holden Ringer '17 (18:51), Noah Belser '16 (19:12), and Keton Kakkar '15 (19:28) ran well to cap successful seasons and help the JV Andover squad finish first of fifteen teams.
Both races featured outstanding performances and show promise for next year and beyond. The Andover runners and coaches thank all their supporters for their contribution to a wonderful season of cross country.