In what has been a stellar school year for the Peabody High track and field program, the Tanner boys and girls continued their winning ways Saturday afternoon against the best competition in the Northeastern Conference.
The Peabody boys bested the field at Manning Field in Lynn, scoring 121 total points in the annual NEC Championship Meet. Their winning score was 40 points better than the next finisher, Gloucester.
Likewise, the Tanner girls held off all challengers and also prevailed, finishing with a team total of 96 points. They held off strong challenges from second place Marblehead (87 points) and third place Beverly (86).
The Peabody boys, who scored points in 15 of 17 events, got first place finishes from senior Chris Cennami in the 100 meters (11.1 seconds), senior Ben Martinez in the triple jump (43-6), junior Drew Fossa in the mile (4:27.6), sophomore Marcus Vieira in the discus (136-10) and the 4x100 relay team of Zachary Gross, Christian Cedullo, Steve Villani and Cennami (44.05).
”The combination of senior leadership and the majority of underclassmen stepping up gave us the push necessary to defend (our) title,” said Peabody head coach Fernando Braz. “The boys have won this meet since coming into the NEC, (and) the staff deserves tremendous credit for having the team focused and prepared to execute.”
The 4x400 relay of Justin Butler, Owen Brewster, Scotty Myers and Thomas Drover took second place (3:35), while sophomores Riley Dowd, Michael Ricci, Connor Wolff and Corey Jordan were third in the 4x800 relay (8:44). Cedullo (110 meter hurdles, 15.46) and Drover (400 hurdles, 58.05) were also second place finishers, while thirds went to Villani (long jump, 19-4) and Drover (javelin, 152.4). Brewster, a freshman, registered a fourth place finish in the 400 (53.62), as did Gross in the 100 (11.78), Tyler O’Shea in the discus (119-1), Ben Braz in the 2-mile (9:58) and Doug Connolly in the high jump (5-10). Scott Myers (400, 53.97), Justin Butler (400 hurdles, 59.61), Richie Fournier (2-mile, 10:08) and Kevin Guzman (triple jump, 39-11) were all fifth place finishers, and Erico Cordeiro was sixth in the 800 (2:03.81).