Braz pointed to hurdler Christian Cedullo, sprinter Chris Cennami, middle distance Thomas Drover, 300/relays participant Scott Myers and high jumper/hurdler Justin Butler as having had the biggest impact. The Tanners are also blessed with tremendous depth, which helped them topple Revere in a battle of unbeatens.
“Depth is a result of athletes participating, and that’s always a good thing,” said Braz. “The depth has to be developed, and if we’re successful developing the young athletes it has a tremendous impact in the program’s ability to be competitive.
“I believe the same is true for a program with less depth; it’s all about developing what you have. I’ve been on both ends, and the same philosophy applies.”
Braz said because the city doesn’t have a youth program, it’s a struggle to attract freshmen. As a result, the sophomore class lacks experience and knowledge for the most part.
“This is a challenge for staff and athletes who want to experience long term success at Peabody High and the college level,” said Braz. “This current team is young in experience, (so) having the ability to be competitive this year in the NEC says a lot for the staff, student-athletes and parents. I am humbled and proud to be part of this track family.”
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.