The girls track team was successful at the New England Championships this past Saturday, placing first and second in their specific events, and will now be attending Nationals this weekend.
The girls 4x200m and 4x400m were the sole events Andover competed in, but the expectations and the excitement were high. Both relays broke the school’s records. The 4×400 relay broke the record by two seconds, improving by eight seconds from last year, which is now the Massachusetts number 6 all time. Although they fell short to Wellesley, they are now number 2 in all of New England. The 4×200 relay broke their own record by almost half a second, running the Massachusetts number 4 all time and winning the New England title, placing in first.
This Friday-Sunday, the Andover High School track team will be attending nationals in New York. Competing at the competition will be the girls 4×200, the girls 4×400, and the girls and boys shuttle hurdles.
Prior to New England’s, head coach Peter Comeau said that they were looking to win both the 4×200 and the 4×400 relays with the girls, and part of that win and feeling of achievement would come with breaking both the school records.
Senior Hannah Lansberry, who runs the 300 individual in the winter and who is also on the 4×200 and the 4×400 relay, ran in the 4×200 and 4×400 on Saturday. She said that over her high school track career she’s definitely improved a lot in her running and in her team-spirit. “I’m definitely running faster times and I’m a lot stronger than I was freshman year and I have now figured out the technique on how to run the perfect 400,” she said. Lansberry currently holds the 400 individual indoor record, the 4×200 relay record, the 1600 SMR record, and is going for the 4×400 record this Saturday.
Junior Julianna Kennedy, who was expected to run in the 600 meter individual event at New Englands, was pulled out to only run the 4×400, improving the chance of the girls track team to come out with two New England Champions. Kennedy, who broke the 600m school record in January and then her own record in February, said, “Each year I have taken off a few seconds for the 600, and each year I am improving a little bit.”
A coach for 25 years, Comeau said, “I’ve been to so many New England championships, so it’s really not about me anymore, but for the success that they have. To see them win and the joy, that’s what I love the best, to see the parents’ excitement and their excitement of being part of a winning division.”
Prior to last week’s competition, Lansberry said, “I’m excited for the out of state competition because we’ve run so many times with the people in this state, and it’ll be nice to have different people to run against. I think it will really push us because we don’t get pushed that much in Massachusetts.”