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June 15, 2013

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


“We had a very good day. We had many strong performances, and to have five top-20 finishes in eight events is pretty cool,” Peabody coach Fernando Braz said. “There were a lot of impressive splits and personal bests. The guys saved the best for last.”

Peabody’s only Championship level competitor was junior Drew Fossa, who ran the 5000 and finished 37th with a time of 15:24. It was the second fastest outdoor 5K time ever run by a Peabody athlete.

“That was the race of the meet so far. The kid who won, a kid from Illinois, scorched the national record by about 20 seconds and I believe there were 12 kids who ran under 15 minutes,” said Braz. “Drew got the 2-mile mark in what would have been a PR, and finished with a great resume for this year.”

In the open class, Drover was 22nd in the javelin, throwing 144-4 and Doug Connolly was 19th in the high jump, clearing 6-foot-2.

Fossa may run the 2-mile today, depending on his recovery from the 5K, and Peabody’s girls compete today and tomorrow. Senior Catarina Rocha runs in the championship 2-mile tonight while Heather MacLean competes in the 800 tomorrow, along with the 4xMile relay and shot putter Pam Zabala.

Kelly Roland finished third in the javelin at 118-feet for Marblehead.




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