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February 28, 2014

DePlacido Column: Peabody's MacLean shines at UMass Amherst

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At one point in her high school career MacLean wasn’t sure she would continue running in college, but had such an outstanding senior year colleges sought her out.

“I didn’t know if I’d be running until the end of my cross country year,” said MacLean, whose uncle Dave also set many track records at Peabody High. “That’s when Division 1 schools started contacting me. I really like it here and think I’ve made a good transition from high school. The coaches are great, and I’ve made a lot of good friends.

“I’d like to be on the 4x800 relay outdoors. It’s a main event, and we have a New England title. We’ll see what happens because we have a lot of good 800 girls on the team.”

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The honors continue to pour in for Dartmouth College senior and former Masconomet star Abbey D’Agostino. She was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week – for the fourth time in her illustrious career. It marked the first during the indoor season after having been selected two times for cross country and once for spring track.

D’Agostino set the 3000 meter record and had the fourth fastest time ever by a collegiate woman (8:51.91) at the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York. That time is also the fastest in the country by almost nine seconds. She was one of only two collegiate women in the field of 14 that included 12 pros, and she finished fourth overall.

D’Agostino broke her own school record. She was named 2013 Division 1 Women’s National Scholar Athlete of the Year for the second straight time in cross country and fifth of her amazing career.

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Peabody track coach Fernando Braz will take an impressive group of athletes to the New Balance Scholastic Nationals at the Armory in New York on March 14-16. Junior Christian Cedullo qualified for the 60 meter dash, and senior Drew Fossa clocked a personal best 9:31 two mile time at All-States with a seventh place finish. Fossa will compete in the two mile at New England’s this weekend.

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