Brian Manning closed out his high school career in serious style, winning every individual event to lead Andover High to a state title with 164.5 points, well ahead of No. 2 Lowell (150.4). It marked Andover’s first state meet title since The Andover Townsman began keeping records in 1990, and since the 1970s according to coach Steve Sirois. The Golden Warriors placed second in 1995.
Manning set a state record in the vault (9.8) and placed first in the parallel bars (9.0), high bar, pommel horse, floor and rings. He won the all-around with a 55.0, far ahead of No. 2 Evan Burk of Burlington (40.5).
Christopher wins thriller
Kerry Christopher scored a thrilling victory in 21.55 — just .01 ahead of Alex Marshall of Manchester-Essex (21.56) for the crown — to lead Andover to the team victory at the Interscholastic Meet last Thursday with 270 points. Other Golden Warriors in the top five included Julia Ganley (third) and Sara Faigle (fifth) while Jessica Leung was 14th and Lauren Buhrer 15th as Andover well outdistanced Manchester-Essex (214).
Kerry Christopher continued to dominate, winning the Grade 11-12 race in 42.44 to lead Andover in the 21st Bove Memorial Race last Thursday.
Kobelski, relay second
Cassie Kobelski scored a second-place finish in the shot put with a 37-6 1/2, and the 4x800 relay of Cate Donovan, Sophie Draper, Leila Aruri and Sarah Rothman was runner-up in 9:40.01 as Andover placed fourth as a team in the Division 1 state meet with 37 points on Saturday. Courtney Comeau was second in the 55 hurdles (8.86) and the squad of Lily Puccia, Jill Gamache, Molly Lennon and Abbie Pustis finished fifth in the 4x400 for the Warriors.
Zhao takes gold
Eric Zhao won the 100 freestyle in 48.01 to pace Andover at the boys Division 1 state swim meet on Sunday. Zhao added a sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:48.14) while Alex Blake was third in the diving. The Golden Warriors finished seventh as a team.