Editor’s Note: Throughout the summer, The Andover Townsman will take a look back at Andover High stars from the past 20 years through pictures. This week, we look at girls track.
Andover High girls track is, without question, a powerhouse.
Over the past 20 years, under the watchful eye of a pair of Hall of Famers — head coach Peter Comeau and his predecessor, then longtime assistant coach, the late Art Iworsley — the Golden Warriors long ago established themselves as perhaps the top girls track program in the state, and among the best in New England and even nationally.
Perhaps the most dominant individual was Moira Cronin, who set a school record by high jumping at stunning 5-foot-10, and went on to star at track power University of Virgina.
Felicia Thompson set a school record in the discus (132-11) in 2005 that still stands. Two years later, Colleen Shannon set the school mark in the 800 (2:13.79) that has not been broken. Shannon also teamed with Melissa Knapp, Kayley Pettoruto and Vanessa Singleton to set a record in 4x400 in 2008 (3:54.05).
Delia Barbanti, a 2019 graduate, owns Andover records in the 100 dash (12.36) and 200 (24.85). The latter is just ahead of Eve Bishop (25.14 in 2010), who broke the record of another star sprinter, Christina Muccio (12.53 in 2008).
Local distance legend Maggie Mullin set Andover records in the 2-mile (10:51.04) and mile (5:05.89), both in 2012.
Track fans are thrilled to see what Jodi Parrot can do whenever track resumes. As a freshman in 2019, she set school records in the long jump (20-3), triple jump (38-10.5) and is second in school history in the 100 hurdles (14.80).
Contact David Willis at @DWillisET or DWillis@eagletribune.com.