He was forced to sit for an hour, waiting for the lightning to subside. But once he hit the track, Nick Schumacher delivered a career performance.
The Andover High senior flew to victory in the mile with an outstanding 4:28.97, a half second faster than Newton South's Xhulio Uruci. Behind Schumacher's efforts, the host Golden Warriors took home the boys' title and the combined team title at the 50th annual Collins-McIntyre Andover Boosters meet on Saturday with 99 points. Reading was second for the boys with 69 points.
"That was huge for Nick," said Andover coach Peter Comeau. "It was his coming out party. That was great."
The Golden Warriors once again dominated the relays, with the 4x400 (Kerrick Stevens, Connor O'Neill, Brian Knapp, Troy Cayon) and the 4x800 (Scott Waller, Adam Vetere, Simon Voorhees, Chris Goodwin) each taking first. Star Christopher McConnell (10.97) added Andover's other first, edging archrival Francis Nova of Lawrence (11.0).
The Golden Warriors received valuable second-place finishes from Stevens in the 400 (51.09), Vetere in the 800 (1:56.30), Chris Chu in the 110 hurdles (15.60) and Osborne in the long jump (21-2 1/4). The 4x100 relay was also second.
Andover was without injured All-Scholastic Mark Vetere.
Girls take second
Moira Cronin won the pole vault and teammate Jess Salley took second in the event — both with a 5-6 — as the Andover girls took second at the 50th annual Collins-McIntyre Andover Boosters meet with 66 points, just behind Newton South (70).
The 4x100 relay team of Tara Organsciak, Kayla Baldwin, Chelsea Angelosanto and Vanessa Singleton recorded the Warriors' other first in 50.40.
Emily Belluche added seconds in the 100 hurdles (15.83) and triple jump (38-7 1/2) while Baldwin was runner-up in the 100 (12.95). Also adding a second was the 4x400 relay team of Rae Brokenkant, Cronin, Salley and Singleton (4:08.47).
The Golden Warriors managed the finish without star sprinter Eve Bishop, who was hit in the head with a barbell during the rain delay and was scratched as a precaution, Comeau said.
"We could have had the sweep with Eve," said Comeau. "But the girls still ran an excellent meet."