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May 24, 2013

Peabody's Cennami sprinting toward finish at states

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“I might have an easier time getting in and out of the blocks, and even with a bad start the 100 gives you time to recover,” he said. “You have to get out of the blocks, hit your acceleration and hold it. For me, it’s about knowing you’ve put in the time and you’ve built up the strength.”

Cennami won the NEC 100 title in 11.49 as a junior, then competed at Outdoor Nationals with a number of his Tanner teammates. He was inspired to work even harder in the summer, spending time lifting with assistant coach Steve Smyrnios.

“Chris’ work ethic and humility are the core reasons for his rise as a top sprinter in both the NEC and in the state,” Peabody head coach Fernando Braz said.

Coaches Pat Mayo and Dave Coleman helped the senior speedster with endurance workouts during the winter season, so that when the spring arrived he was ready for the 100.

“Being at Nationals shows you that if these kids can do it, anyone can. If you put in the work, that can be you someday,” Cennami said.

Coming back for his senior season, Cennami has taken better than a half-second off his 100 meter time from a year ago. That’s a hefty improvement in a race that doesn’t even last as long as the shot clock in basketball.

As for this weekend, Cennami will likely compete in the 4x100 relay with teammates Steve Villani, Christian Cedullo and Zach Gross. He’ll probably feel pretty good running on the track at Andover High, where he won the 100 meter title in the prestigious Andover Boosters meet two weeks ago.

“I’m just looking to go in and do my best, maybe set a personal record time,” said Cennami, who was sixth at All-States in the dash last winter. “Just having the chance to go there and compete will be fantastic.”

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