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June 22, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Salem javelin standout Beaulieu should be even better next year

Rebecca Beaulieu set a new Salem High javelin record this spring, then went on to break her own mark a couple of times.

Now, even bigger things are expected from the junior next season.

“Rebecca has been on the team since her freshman year when she threw the javelin between 44 feet 9 inches and 56 feet,” said head coach Rich Stafford. “A year ago she improved to a range of 63-2 to 76-4 and was just short of the school record. Each of her competitions exceeded her best throw of freshman year.

“This year she broke that record in the first meet (80-7), then broke her own record two more times with 85-4 and 86-3 (at the Peabody meet). Once again, each of her competitions exceeded her best of her sophomore year. This kind of improvement is a tribute to her hard work, practice and positive belief in herself.”

Stafford said the goal for Beaulieu next year is to qualify for the state meet, which she probably would have done this season but missed the final two meets. She also runs cross-country and is an indoor track captain. She has taken a full minute off her best mile time as a freshman and two-and-a-half minutes off her 2-mile through hard work and dedication to the sport, said her coach.

“She has excellent form in the javelin and is a great team member who always helps newcomers to the event,” said Stafford. “Rebecca was just selected one of Salem High’s three drum majors for the band, too, so she is clearly multi-talented.”

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Two outstanding young soccer players, Caitlin Harty of Beverly and Kerri Zerfoss of Peabody, have been selected to play for Boston Aztec in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. They are on a roster comprised of top college athletes from Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, UConn and Boston University, among others.

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