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June 15, 2013

Beverly girls relay fourth at Nationals, Peabody boys also run strong

The Beverly girls 4x800 relay team was just happy to qualify for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, but the girls didn’t run like they were satisfied.

MaryCate Flaherty, Nicole Demars, Madison Shropshire and Keely Higgins ran their best time of the season — 9:37.46 — to take fourth place in the Emerging Elites in Greensboro, N.C. yesterday morning.

“Their best time of the season had been 9:43 going in, so this was a nice improvement,” veteran Beverly head coach Dave Jellerson said. “It’s kind of hard. You hope (the competition will push them), but it’s late in the season and after graduations. You hope for it, but you never know.”

The fourth-place finish meant the team earned medals, a great experience for one senior (Shropshire) and three juniors.

“They were just excited to qualify and go down and run,” Jellerson said. “They were hoping to improve on their time — and picking up medals was nice.”

The boys on the Peabody track team didn’t intend to go the Greensboro for just one race at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at North Carolina A&T University, with the majority of the athletes doubling and tripling in various events with success.

A day of competition that began at 9 a.m. and ended at 10 p.m. saw several highlights for the Tanners. The 4x100 relay of Zach Gross, Christian Cedullo, Steve Villani and Chris Cennami finished 12th in the Emerging Elite class in 44.14; Then, Gross, Cedullo, Villani and Scott Myers placed 21st in the Emerging Elite 4x200 with a time of 1:34.30. Cennami, meanwhile, placed 18th in the Emerging Elite 100 meter dash (11.06).

In the 1500 meter medley, Villani, Cennami, Myers and Ben Braz combined for a time of 3:40.6, good for 16th in the Emerging Elite class.

The Tanners also were top 15 in the Emerging Elite 800 medley, as Cennami, Cedullo, Myers and Tommy Drover ran 1:36.70 for 12th place.

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