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January 22, 2013

Monday's area roundup: Peabody boys capture NEC track championship


The Peabody High boys track team locked up the Northeastern Conference North championship with a 61-25 win over Revere yesterday.

The two teams came into the contest unbeaten, but wins from Christian Cedullo in the 45-yard hurdles (6.0), Chris Cennami in the 45-yard dash (5.0), Thomas Drover in the 600 (1:21.4), Drew Fossa in the 1,000 (2:28.4), Riley Dowd in the mile (4:53), and Richie Fournier in the 2-mile (10:48) helped Peabody (6-0) prevail.

“The score looks lopsided, but that’s not an indication of the two teams. They’re better than the score indicates,” Peabody coach Fernando Braz said. “The staff did an outstanding job preparing for this. Revere is an extremely well-coached team and they had run the gamut in the league and won by large margins. It took a lot of luck, but execution and preparation was just as important. It’s a privilege to work with this staff and these kids.”

Peabody’s first-place finishers produced 30 points, while the team’s second and third-place finishers accumulated 31 points, which speaks to the Tanners’ balance.

Danvers 59, Saugus 27: The Falcons (6-0) clinched the NEC Small title with their victory over Saugus yesterday. Connor Rollins (high jump), Joe Manson (shot), Ryan Levesque (hurdles), John Thomas (dash), Brandon Hyde (300) and Drew Piazza (600) all had first place finishes for Danvers. Thom Brennan won the mile, while Stelio Vatousios placed first in the two mile.


Peabody 74, Revere 12: The Tanners move to 4-2 as Heather MacLean doubled in the high jump (4-8) and 600 (1:32). Catarina Rocha tied a school record in the 1000 with a time of 2:43.5, which is also held by Lesley Welch (1980). Other first place finishers for Peabody include, Pam Zabala (shot), Rachel Barrett (45 hurdles), Hayley Dowd (45), Sydney May (mile) and Julia Merchant (2 mile).

Danvers 67, Saugus 18: The Falcons (4-2) took first in every event yesterday, except the 600. Ashley Brooks (high jump), Meghan Kellard (shot), Erin St. Pierre (hurdles) and Xanthi Pantazelos (55 dash) all had wins for Danvers. Lexy Bean (300), Meahgan McCarriston (1000), Jessica Driscoll (mile) and Rebecca Godfrey (2 mile) also had victories.

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