Beverly had a tremendous start to the event, winning the first two golds handed out. Kristen O’Connor claimed the hurdles in 9.11 and sophomore Julianna Wesley won the mile in 5:27. Junior Caitlin Harty had an exciting kick to win the 300 in 42.38.
“There were so many good races. It was a great day overall,” said Beverly coach Dave Jellerson. “We’ve sort of been the little team that could this year and the girls gave 100 percent effort. You could see that they’re learning how to run.”
The Panthers also won two of the three relays, with Harty anchoring the 4x400 victory and Keely Higgins barely edging out Marblehead at the end of the 4x800. Jess Goodall also gave Beverly come crucial points in the mile (third) and Madison Shropeshire was second in the 600 (1:42). Nicole Demars added a third in the 1000.
Marblehead made an impressive late charge to finish third. The Magicians amassed nearly 40 points in the last four events. Lily Cummings won her second straight high jump title (5-2) and the Magicians grabbed seconds from Paige Ferrucci (1000, 3:09), Janaya Randall (2-mile) and the 4x200 and 4x800 relays. Mimi Goetz was third in the shot and Olivia Vener won the long jump (a non-scoring event) and was third in hurdles.
The Peabody boys have lost just one meet in their six years in the NEC, but the Tanners certainly sweated out last night’s victory. Peabody trailed Gloucester at the midway point and earned 22 points from the relays to pull away with 63 total points.
Gloucester was second with 52 points, followed by Swampscott (46), Revere (43) and Danvers (42).
The 4x800 team of Ben Braz, James Christopher, Connor Wolf and Drew Fossa won one of two golds for the Tanners. Chris Cedullo won the hurdles for the other.
“The kids are excited,” said Peabody head coach Fernando Braz. “We have a young team and they matured quite a bit tonight. They came through.”