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February 1, 2014

Friday's area roundup: Marblehead girls edge out Beverly for NEC track title

GIRLS TRACK

The Marblehead girls track team won two of the three relays at the Northeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston yesterday.

It was a good thing, too, since the Magicians needed every point they could get, ultimately edging out Beverly, 99-98, to take home the NEC crown.

Marblehead claimed first place in eight different events including the 4x200 and 4x800 relays. The Magicians’ individual winners were Alyssa Nye in the 55 dash (7.68), Monica Thorne in the 300 (42.69), Paige Ferrucci in the 1000 (3:11.25), Janaya Randall in the mile (5:18.19), Sarah Oliver in the 2-mile (11:36.95) and Lily Cummings in the high jump (5-2).

Beverly, meanwhile, was first in the 4x400 relay and saw Kristen O’Connor take first place in the 55 hurdles (8.99) and Caitlin Harty win the 600 (1:38.66). Jessica Goodall (3:12.78) and Nora Monahan (3:15.58) were second and third, respectively, in the 1000 while Abby Walsh (5:21.21) and Julianna Wesley (5:21.72) took second and third in the mile.

Peabody was third overall with 54 points, Salem claimed fifth with 22 points, Swampscott was seventh with 19 points and Danvers was 10th with 10 points. The Tanners of Peabody took second and third in the shot put thanks to strong days from Katie Gallo (32-3) and Anna Church (30-7).

BOYS TRACK

Peabody scored in all 10 events and had two of its athletes finish in the top 10 of six events in taking home the NEC championship with a team total of 93 points. Salem was third with 56 points, followed by Swampscott in fourth with 42 and Beverly in fifth with 38. Marblehead was sixth with 36 points and Danvers finished seventh with 33.

Alexander Greco topped the 600 with a time of 1:23.83, missing the meet record by 12/100ths of a second. The Tanners also captured the 4x800 relay in a time of 8:33.12.

Danvers’ John Thomas (6.73) and Connor Rollins (6.87) placed first and second, respectively, in the 55 dash while Zach Persson (20-0-1/2) and Thomas (19-7) were first and second in the long jump.

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