Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 25, 2012

55 middle-schoolers accept cross country challenge

Doherty Middle School runners continue to win the town’s middle school cross-country running competition to claim the “Golden Warriors Cup.”

The Andover Physical Education Department, in cooperation with the Andover High School cross country team, conducted the eighth annual Andover Public Schools Middle School Cross Country Run on Tuesday, Oct. 16. All boys and girls at the Doherty Middle School, West Middle School and Wood Hill Middle School were invited to participate.

This year, 55 students completed the race. The course started and ended on the track at Andover High School’s Eugene V. Lovely Field and included a combination of field running and road running.

“The event was held to bring students from the three public middle schools together in an environment promoting physical fitness, friendly athletic competition, school spirit and sportsmanship,” according to a release from Brian McNally, program coordinator. “All runners should be proud of their accomplishment.”

Andover High School cross country coach Leo Lafond and dozens of his team members laid out the course and conducted the event. Team members were spread out on the course to act as guides and assist runners and they timed the race and recorded race results.

Separate boys and girls races were held. The finishing places for the first five runners from each school in each race were added for a race score. The results from the boys and girls races were combined to crown a middle school team champion.

The team from the Doherty Middle School retained the championship that they have won each year. The Wood Hill Middle School team finished second and the West Middle School team was third.


Name Middle school time

Grace O’Hara Wood Hill 10:16

Juliana Kennedy Doherty 10:17

Maddie Rhodes Wood Hill 10:20

Julie Barbanti Wood Hill 10:46

Hope Joel Doherty 10:54

Sarah Cain West 11:00

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