The Andover Physical Education Department, with the assistance of the Andover High School cross-country teams, is sponsoring Cross Country Races for the three public middle schools as well as fourth and fifth-graders this fall.
The middle school race is set for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Andover High School and is open to all students in the Doherty, West and Wood Hill middle schools. The event is planned to promote school spirit and friendly competition among the schools as well as designed for the promotion of cardiovascular fitness, the enjoyment of running and the development of sportsmanship.
There will be separate boys and girls races, each a little over 1 mile in length, following the main parts of the high school cross-country course on the campus of Andover High. Team (school) scores will be kept. Students will receive their individual times at a later date. The boys and girls scores will be combined, and the winning school will be awarded the Warrior Cup.
Participants should report to the high school stadium at 3 p.m., with the first race scheduled to start at 3:15.
The 1-mile cross-country race for fourth- and fifth-graders at Bancroft, South, Sanborn, High Plain and West Elementary schools will be held Thursday, Nov. 7. The event is less about competition and more for promoting fitness, sportsmanship and the joy of running.
Four separate races will be held — fourth-grade boys, fourth-grade girls, fifth-grade boys and fifth-grade girls. Students must get parent information and permission forms from their physical education teachers.
Participants should be at the high school track by 4 p.m., with the first race starting at 4:15.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the races. Questions should be directed to students’ individual physical education teachers or to Brian McNally, the district’s program coordinator for physical education and health education, at 978-623-8670.