Taking on many of the country’s top track athletes, Andover showed it belonged among the elite company, and one foursome took its spot at the top of the heap.
The boys 800 sprint medley relay captured an outstanding first-place finish in the emerging elite division of its event at New Balance Nationals over the weekend. The win was one of many highlights for the Golden Warriors at the meet in Greensboro, N.C.
The team of senior Dylan Epstein, juniors Hamza Naveed and Kevin Chen and sophomore Ray Gorzela ran to victory in an outstanding 1:33.60, finishing just short of the meet record of 1:33.06 set in 2010.
“They killed it,” Warriors coach Peter Comeau said by text message.
Three of those athletes weren’t done there. Epstein, Naveed and Gorzela teamed with Sean Caveney to place sixth in the 4x200 in 1:30.80.
Junior hurdler Sebastian Silveira continued his torrid junior season. Silveira took seventh in the 110 hurdles emerging elite division in 14.85, on the heels of the Andover (automatic-timed) school record of 14.62 run by Jason McCue in 1991. He also placed 20th in the 400 hurdles.
Silveira then teamed with his trio of close friends juniors Andrew Matteucci and Caveney and freshman Justin Mantrana to take seventh in the championship division of the 4x110 hurdles in 1:01.03.
Already with an MVC title under its belt, the Andover girls 4x100 team added another stellar honor, grabbing fourth in the emerging elite division at the New Balance Nationals.
The group of juniors Hannah Ameen and Michelle Gencorelli and freshmen Miranda Lawrence and Audrey Adam ran a blazing 49.22.
Lawrence added a fifth in the freshman long jump (16-05.75) while Mackenzie Gray took seventh in the long jump (17-06.25) in emerging elite. Erin Longee thew a 103-07 to take 12th in the javelin.
Scott Allan pitched a complete-game no-hitter to lead Andover Legion to a 4-0 win over Newburyport on Sunday. Christopher Nicholas led the offense with a double and two RBIs, Tim Awiszus had an RBI triple and Allan added two hits for Post 8.