Boys and Girls compete at East Coast Invitational

Published in the January 18, 2018 edition

ANDOVER — The girls’ track and field team moved to 2-1 on the season with a decisive victory over Masconomet, 59 to 27 on Wednesday, January 10 at Andover High School.

In the first two events (55 meter hurdles and 55 meter dash), the Hornets outscored Masco 17 to 1 with a 1-2 finish in the hurdles and a sweep in the dash. Winning the hurdles was Maggie McCarthy (9.4) followed closely by Jerlin Kaithamattam (9.6). In the dash, it was Juliette Nadeau (7.7), Sophia Casciano (7.7) and Katelyn Gorgenyi (7.8) winning by nearly 10 meters over their opponents.

THE HORNETS’ 4×400 meter relay team ran an impressive 4:36.8 on the Andover track to take first place during the girls’ track and field team’s victory over Masco on Jan. 10. Pictured from left to right are Olivia Esposito, Meredith Griffin, Lauren Keough, and Grace Hadley. (John Friberg Photo)

In the high jump, Kerry O’Brien (4’ 9”) finished 3rd to two strong jumpers.

In the shot put, Ryan Hunter (28’ 11”) and Kelly Bratton (28’ 6”) went 1-2 to bring the score to 26 to 10.

In the one mile run, Meredith Griffin (5:30) and Julia Tatone (6:44) went 1-3. In the 300 meters, Emily Davis (44.9) took down a previously undefeated Masco sprinter to bring the score to 37 to 17.

With only seven points needed to win the meet, the 600 meters sealed the deal as the Hornets swept with Grace Hadley (1:46.6), Olivia Esposito (1:51.9), and Lauren Keough (1:57.8) to bring the score to 46 to 17.

With three events remaining, the team was on cruise control with Meghan Griffin taking 2nd in the 1000 meters (3:36.8) and Lindsay MacLellan taking first in the two mile run (12:12.9). In the 4×400 meter relay, the team of Meredith Griffin, Olivia Esposito, Lauren Keough and Grace Hadley ran a stunning 4:36.8 on the Andover track due in large part to a 64-second anchor split by Hadley who ran down the Masco anchor from a 30-yard deficit.

“Hadley’s performance solidifies her as one of the best mid-distance runners in the league if not the state,” said Head Coach Sotirios Pintzopoulos.

The Hornets next regular season meet is scheduled for Monday, January 29 against Triton at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury at 5:30 p.m.

East Coast Invitational

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the Hornets competed at the East Coast Invitational in Providence against some of the top athletes from throughout New England and New York. Competing at the meet were the teams’ sprinters and field events while the distance runners used the weekend to get some extra mileage in.

Making the podium by finishing in the top 8 spots for their respective events were Megan Lawlor, Billy Lord, Ryan Hunter, Sophia Casciano, Rachel Hill and Emily Davis.

Megan Lawlor won the long jump with an impressive new personal best mark of 17’ 7.25”. Megan was in 3rd place leading into her final jump with a mark of 16’ 11”. Another jumper went 17’ to move Megan make to 4th. She knew she needed a 17’ 1” to move back into 3rd place and she did just that and then some stretching out to that 1st place mark. Megan is now currently ranked 1st in Massachusetts with one month to go to the state championship.

Billy Lord took 2nd in the 55 meter hurdles with a new school-record setting time of 7.88 seconds. Billy is now currently tied for third in the state.

Ryan Hunter had nearly a 3’ personal best toss in the shot put with a mark of 31’ 6.75” for 3rd place. In the pole vault, the Hornets took 3 of 8 spots on the medal stand with Sophia Casciano (10’ 6”), Rachel Hill (9’ 6”) and Emily Davis (8’ 6”) going 2-3-8. Although the pole vault is not an event contested at the state championship, the girls’ performances so far this indoor season bodes well for the upcoming spring season.