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Friday, November 14, 2014

The Annual Middle School Cross Country Race

The Andover Physical Education Department, in cooperation with the Andover High School cross country team, conducted the 10th Annual Andover Public Schools Middle School Cross Country Run on Tuesday, October 28.  All boys and girls at the Doherty Middle School, West Middle School and Wood Hill Middle School were invited to participate. This year sixty-three students completed the race, which was originally scheduled for October 23 but was rescheduled due to the weather. The course started and ended on the track at Andover High School’s Eugene V. Lovely Field and included a combination of field running and road running. The event was held to bring students from the three public middle schools together in an environment promoting physical fitness, friendly athletic competition, school spirit and sportsmanship.

Andover High School cross country coach Leo Lafond, his assistant coaches, and dozens of his team members laid out the course and conducted the event. Team members were spread out on the course to act as guides and assist runners and they timed the race and recorded race results.

Separate boys and girls races were held. The finishing places for the first five male and female runners from each school were added for a race score. The results from the boys and girls races were combined to crown a middle school team champion. The team from the Doherty Middle School retained the championship that they have won each year.  The Wood Hill Middle School team finished second and the West Middle School team was third. The Doherty Middle School team was awarded the “Golden Warriors Cup” which they will proudly display at their school. All runners should be proud of their accomplishment.
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