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February 18, 2013

State track: Rocha, MacLean earn first place finishes for Peabody


Catarina Rocha already knew what it was like to cross the finish line first at the MIAA Division 1 indoor track and field championships.

Saturday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, her Tanner teammate, Heather MacLean, got to experience the same feeling.

MacLean took home first place honors in the 600 meter race in 1:34.27 while Rocha cruised to yet another victory in the mile (4:52.34), propelling the Tanners to an eighth place finish out of 28 teams.

Rocha, who won her second straight indoor mile crown, blew away the field by a whopping 17 seconds and came within three seconds of the all-time meet record, set by former Peabody High great Lisa Welch (4:49.80) back in 1981. MacLean's victory was much closer; she nipped Newton North's Meghan Bellerose by 5/100ths of a second.

Peabody's 4x800 relay team of Sam Allen, Lauren Barrett, MacLean and Rocha placed third overall (9:40.71). Pamela Zabala also had a third place finish in the shot put (36-9 3/4).

DIVISION 2: Beverly's 4x800 relay team set a school record by taking third place as Caitlin Harty, Madison Shropshire, Julianna Wesley and Nicole Demars blazed to a time of 9:43.46 yesterday afternoon.

Kristen O'Connor took fourth for the Panthers in the high jump (5-2) and also medaled in the 55 hurdles (9.0, eighth place).

DIVISION 4: Sarah Keiran took fourth in the 1000 (3:02.83) while her sister, Tina Keiran, was fourth in the 2-mile (11:41.36) to power Ipswich, which placed seventh overall with 24 points on Friday night. The Tigers' 4x400 relay team of Devin Smith, Shey Coughlan, Jill Calvani and Michaela Hedderman placed third (4:17.80) while Katie Monahan was sixth in the 55 hurdles (9.36) and Hedderman placed seventh in the 300 (43.60),

Hamilton-Wenham saw its 4x800 relay team of Emily Horgan, Sarah Duffy, Meghan Stone and Emily Weigand placed fourth (10:08.91). Weigand was also fifth in the mile (5:14.25), as did Kerry Hull in the high jump (5 feet).

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