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June 5, 2014

Andover jumpers exceed expectations at EMass. States

The Andover high jump duo of Drea Grieco and Brianna Deloury — seeded sixth and seventh respectively heading into the Eastern Mass. Division 1 meet — each had their eyes set on exceeding expectations over the weekend.

“We came in and said that we wanted this more than anything,” Grieco said. “We both came in knowing that we could do better than that.”

Both delivered, tying for third in the high jump with career-bests 5-2 and helping the Andover girls take fourth as a team at Sunday’s division championships at Andover High School’s Eugene V. Lovely Field.

“It was kind of unexpected, but this is what we wanted to do for the team,” Grieco said. “We wanted to score points and jump our best.”

Deloury said she embraces competing against her teammate.

“When it gets down to the high heights during the season, it’s a lot of times just us,” she said. “So we go against each other and compete, but we also cheer for one another.”

Also setting a personal best for the Golden Warriors was pole vaulter Courtney Carver, who took third in the event with a 9-3. Teammate Shannon Manuel also vaulted 9-3, finishing in fourth due to the number of tries she made.

“This was a perfect day for the pole vault,” Carver said. “As soon as I started warm-ups, I knew it was going to be a great day. It was sunny, warm and no wind. It was my third jump at that height and I was so excited to hit it.”

Taking on the top spot for her injured teammates, Micaela Soucy placed fourth in the triple jump (35-8.25). Senior co-captain Courtney Comeau delivered a solid performance, taking seventh in the 100 hurdles in 16.20, while Erin Longee was fifth in the discus (104-4). Hannah Ameen added a sixth in the 100 (12.67) and Jillian Gamache was fourth in the 400 hurdles (1:06.15).

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