What do Peabody senior Christopher Cennami and ex-Tanner great Dave MacLean have in common?
They both have run the 45-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.
Cennami tied his school’s 37-year-old record in the event by taking first place in the Tanner track team’s 59-27 win over Salem last night.
“He was hovering around two-tenths of a second (from the record), but everything today was just right,” explained head coach Fernando Braz. “It had to be a perfect race to (tie) a legendary time, but he’s put in the work with his coaches.”
Dave Coleman and Pat Mayo, along with Braz, have worked with Cennami throughout his career. However, it was the infusion of some summer and fall work with Steve Smyrnios, coupled with the guidance of his other coaches, that really proved to be the difference.
Ironically enough, Smyrnios’ father George was the one who worked extensively with MacLean.
“Chris right now is so much stronger than he’s ever been,” said Braz.
Cennami’s race was certainly the biggest but it was far from the only Peabody highlight. Marcus Viera won the shot put (41-10), sophomore Christian Cedullo topped the 45 hurdles (6.1), Thomas Drover topped the 600 (1:27.8), Alexander Marcus grabbed the mile (5:17.4), Richie Fournier the 2-mile (11:51.4) and Benjamin Braz won the 1000 with an impressive time of 2:38 for the Tanners (now 4-0).
Ben Sattiewhite and Jon Crimble tied in the high jump (6-2) for Salem (1-3) while Crimble won again in the 300 and remains undefeated this season. In addition, Sattiewhite is yet to be beaten in the high jump.
Marblehead 67, Saugus 19: The Magicians (1-3) picked up their first win of the season thanks to a sweep in the 600 by Ian McIver (first), Matt DiCenso (second) and Teddy Camp (third), as well as a 1-2-3 finish in the 1000 by Nate Fowler (first), Bramm Watkin (second) and Mitch Norcross (third). Connor Green won the 55 dash (6.7) as well for the Magicians, while Josh Beloff (39.5) and Brett LeBlanc (40.4) took first and second, respectively, in the 300.
Danvers 75, Winthrop 11: The unbeaten Falcons (4-0) won eight of 10 events to cruise to victory. Winners included Thom Brennan (2-mile, 12:13.2), Kevin Hebert (mile, 5:04.5), Matt Hogan (1000, 3:01.5), Darien Thornell (600, 1:46.5), Matt Kidney (300, 42.3), Ryan Levesque (55 hurdles, 8.6), Joe Manson (shot put, 44-10) and Connor Rollins (high jump, 5-10).
Greater Lawrence 53, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 33: Despite the loss, Douglas Wilson (hurdles), Brednad Hurley (300), Dan Crowley (mile) and Nick LaClair (high jump) all had first place finishes for the Bulldogs (1-1).
North shore tech/Essex Aggie 59, greater Lawrence 26: Rose Crispin and Courtney Remson took first and second place, respectively, in the 50 dash for NST/EA (2-0) while Rosa Quiroz was first in the shot put with a total of 23-8. The 4x400 relay team of Hannah Marshall, Sarah Powers, Emily Crispin and Grace McNally also took first place.
PEABODY 66, SALEM 20: Depth was the key for the victorious Tanners (2-2), who got first place finishes from Pamela Zabala (shot put, 35-8 3/4), Sabrina D’Angelo (45 hurdles, 7.3), Hayley Dowd (45 dash, 5.5), Alex Butler (600, 1:43.5), MacKenzie Picardy (1000, 3:19.2), Julia Merchant (mile, 6:09.5) and Noelle Koch (2-mile, 14:52.1).
Sophomore Deema Hijleh was a double-winner for Salem (0-4), capturing the high jump (4-10) and the 300. Hijleh is undefeated in the 300 this season.
Marblehead 70 1/2, Saugus 11 1/2: Mimi Goetz was a double winner in the 55 dash (7.7) and shot put (31-6) as Marblehead improved to 3-0. Celina Variam (high jump, 5 feet), Olivia Vener (55 hurdles, 9.4), Corinne Mayle (300, 47.0), Paige Ferucci (600, 1:47.5), Kathleen Huber (1000, 3:26.3), Jess Cowan (mile, 6:28.4) and Anna Barrell (2-mile, 13:05.4) were the other winners for the Magicians.
Danvers 50, Winthrop 36: Meaghan McCarriston (6:00.4) and Jessica Driscoll (13:51.4) won the mile and 2-mile, respectively, allowing Danvers (2-1) to knock off the Vikings. The Falcons also got first place finishes from Lexy Bean (300, 47.3), Xanthi Pantazelos (55 dash, 7.4), Erin St. Pierre (55 hurdles, 10.6) and Meghan Kellard (shot put, 33-8 1/2).
Salem 91, Revere 77: The Witches (3-2) continue to come together nicely as a team in splashing past visiting Revere. Kevin Clyne was victorious in the 100 fly (59.63) as was Melissa Trainor in the 500 free (6:08). Eddie Ortiz also did a great job in the 100 free.
Marblehead 95, Lynn English 82: The Magicians improved to 5-0 behind three double-winners. Harrison Rodts earned first in the 200 freestyle (1:55.58) and the 500 freestyle (4:58.37); Hannah Verrette won the 50 freestyle (26.12) and the 100 freestyle (57.32); and Charlie Seltzer topped the 200 IM (2:05.67) and the 100 breaststroke (1:08.11).
PEABODY 97, DANVERS 83: Three double-winners propelled the Tanners (4-0-1) to victory. Alex Strakosha won the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke; Maria Strakosha topped the 100 free and 100 breaststroke; and Christine Shea earned first in the 200 free and 100 fly for Peabody. In addition, Paige Hayward and Corey Pierce took first and second, respectively, in the diving.
The Falcons (4-1) dropped their first meet of the season, but not without strong finished from captains Tori Gany and Chris Demirdogen who took first and second place in the 500 freestyle. Tom Giannino finished second in both the 50 free and 100 free, while Josh Mentzer placed second in the 200 IM and 100 fly.
Beverly 92, Swampscott 83: The Panthers improve to 4-1 on the season with a complete team effort victory. Beverly finished with many first place finishes and a handful of second and third place finishes, which really highlights its overall depth.
Bishop Fenwick 117.95, Medford 114.35: Erin Horgan was first in the all-around for Bishop Fenwick (2-1), capturing first on the vault and the bars. Kristen Kilcommons took first on the beam and the floor for the Crusaders while Morgan Camelo was second in the all-around and third on the floor.
Beverly 142.5, hamilton-wenham 118: For the second straight meet, sophomore Heather Gomes has taken first place in the all-around for the Panthers (2-0). Gomes finished with a 37.2 over all with first place wins on vault (9.45) and floor (9.35), and was second on bars (9.2) and beam (9.2). Adrianna Beatrice placed second in the all-around with a 36.9 and took first on bars (9.3) and beam (9.3). Loralee Smith finished third on vault (9.1) and Hannah Rennie place third on bars (8.75).
Danvers/Hamilton-Wenham 43, Marblehead/Swampscott 36: Jackson Leete (106 pounds), Chris Davis (113), Danny Papagelis (132), Chris Behen (138), John Papacostas (145), Sam Anderson (152) and Bobby Ingersoll (182) all won for Danvers/H-W (7-8).
Masconomet 48, Pentucket 28: Aaron Zackon (138 pounds), Dan Gregorio (145) and Andrew McCourt (182) all had big wins as Masconomet improved to 9-2 on the season.
Ipswich 52, Newburyport 40: Julie Davis (16 rebounds) scored all 14 of her points in the first half for the undefeated Tigers (8-0). In addition, sophomore point guard Masey Zegarowski (5 assists, 3 steals) scored all 14 of her points in the second half. Freshman Jenna Gagnon chipped in 11 points.
Endicott 57, WEntworth 34: The Gulls (9-3 overall) remained perfect in five Commonwealth Coast Conference contests and had four players hit double figures in last night’s road win in Boston. Freshman Kelsey Cuddy had a game-high 15 points, seven rebounds and six steals while coming off the bench to pace the win. Junior Julie Manning added a dozen points for Endicott while Jen McBrien had 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Jennifer White also scored 10 points.
Roger Williams 69, Gordon 41: Despite 11 points apiece from Brooke Kratche and teammate Clancey Adams, the Scots (2-11 overall, 0-6 CCC) fell behind early and couldn’t catch up. Lauren Kranyak added 10 points for Gordon.
GORDON 69, ROGER WILLIAMS 48: Sophomore Hans Miersma had 10 points and 11 rebounds to power the Scots (8-5 overall, 3-3 CCC) to a conference triumph at home. Luke Hamilton led all scorers with 14 points for Gordon, while teammates Taylor Bajema (11 points, 6 rebounds) and Park Thomas (10 points, 4 steals) also had big games. In addition, Shaun Roach came off the bench with five points, six assists, four rebounds and a pair of steals.
Wentworth 70, Endicott 66: The Gulls fall to 7-5 in their overtime loss on the road. John Henault had a game-high 24 points, while Lance Greene finished with 18 for Endicott. Andre Marki added 13 off the bench and Tell White contributed with 14 boards.