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January 11, 2013

Thursday's area sports roundup: Cennami ties 37-year-old Peabody track record in 45-yard dash


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.

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