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).
Swampscott, which took third place (77 points), got a 1-2 finish in the 2-mile from winner Peter Hale (9:44.28) and runner-up Matthew Mahoney (9:49.63). Two other Big Blue winners included Aidan Brawley (javelin, 174-11) and Robert Seymour (shot put, 52-1 1/4). Zachary Blonder placed second in the 100 (11.49), as did Declan McClung in the 400 (51.40) while Maleek Newsome was third in the 200 (23.44).
Jerry Canada set a new school record with a first place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.42) and a third place showing by Aaron Palmer in the same event (16.02) highlighted the day for Salem (59 points). Ben Sattiewhite finished the season undefeated in the high jump (6-4) for the Witches, while Emilio Beato was second in the javelin (160-6), Davont’e Halloway was third in the triple jump (40-11 1/2), Jared Louf-Woods took third in the shot put (49-1 1/2), Taran Wigfall was fourth in the 200 (23.49) and Canada was sixth in the triple jump (38-8 3/4).
Josh Beloff of Marblehead had a fantastic day, taking first in both the 200 meter dash (22.60) and the long jump (21-4). The Magicians (54 points) got another first place finish from Conrad Rousseau in the 400 hurdles (57.55), who also placed fourth in the triple jump (40-9 1/2).
A second place showing in the triple jump by Kyle Sullivan (42-1) and by Joe Manson in the shot put (51-2 1/4) led the way for Danvers (41 points). Third place finishes by Connor Rollins in 100 (3rd, 11.77) and high jump (6 feet) were also highlights, as were Kyle Sullivan in the 110 hurdles (4th, 16.03), Drew Piazza in the 800 (4th, 2:01.56), Ryan Levesque in the high jump (5th, 5-8), James Bailey in the mile (5th, 4:46.50) and Chris Behen was in the 200 (6th, 23.95).
Michael Black finished third in the 400 (53.56) and sixth in the long jump (19-2) for Beverly (23 points), while both Dylan Perry (3rd, 4:38.39) and Ross Wahl (6th, 4:47.88) placed in the mile. Matt Heckman was fourth in the long jump (19-4).
NEC GIRLS MEET
The Peabody girls got to the top by virtue of four first place finishes, coming from Catarina Rocha in the mile (4:55.45), Heather MacLean in the 800 (2:18), Lauren Barrett in the 2-mile (11:20.24) and Pam Zabala in the shot put (35-6 1/4). The also got a pair of second place finishes from Cynthia Aroke in the 400 hurdles (68.39) and MacLean in the high jump (17-1), while Sam Allen (mile, 5:21.87), Macayla Lachance (400, 62.22) and Sara Hosman (triple jump, 32-4) all placed third. In addition, Katie Gallo was fourth in the shot (31-9 1/2) and Carrera Dean was fourth in the 400 hurdles (71.11) while both Antonia Pagliuca (2-mile, 12:04.56) and Kat Pence (discus, 81-7) finished sixth.
Close behind the Tanners was Marblehead, which got a first place finish from Lily Cummings in the high jump (5-2) and a 1-2 placement in the javelin from Kelly Rowland (117-6) and Mimi Goetz (107-9). Anna Barrell added a second in the mile (5:21.30) while four Magicians placed third: Carlyn McGrath in the 400 hurdles (70.99) and long jump (16-7), Monica Thorne in the 200 (26.80) and Paige Ferrucci in the 800 (2:24.70).
In addition to capturing both the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, Beverly also got a first place finish from Kendal Davy in the 100 hurdles (15.70). Julianna Devitt took second in the same event (16.49) while Mary Cate Flaherty (800, 2:21.63), Davy (high jump, 5 feet) and Nicole Kirsch (discus, 102-6) were other second place finishers. In addition, Madison Shropeshire (mile, 5:29.47), Nicole Demars (2-mile, 11:47.96), Kyra Richardson (high jump, 4-10) and Katie Wheatley (javelin, 93-2) took fourth place finishes.
Danvers, which placed fourth with 80 points, got first place finishes from Angela Caldarone in the triple jump (33-4), Lexy Bean in the 200 (26.42), Corinne Previte in the 400 (59.85) and its 4x100 relay team (52.15). Catalina Dominick also had a fine second place showing in the 2-mile (11:21.27), as did Meghan Kellard in the shot put (34-10 1/2), while Erin St. Pierre was third in the 100 hurdles (16.63), as was Ashley Brooks in the high jump (5 feet) and Devan Walsh in the javelin (102-1).
Melinda Wilson won both the 400 hurdles (68.24) and discus (118 feet) to power Swampscott (69 points). Aisling Dennehy (400, 61.46) and Hailey Irwin (triple jump, 32-9) took seconds while Tiara Smith-Matthews (shot put, 32-3 3/4) added a third for the Big Blue.
Salem got a first place finish from Joy Lima, who won the 100 dash in 12.89 seconds.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL LEAGUE GIRLS
Bishop Fenwick capped off its undefeated (9-0) season with the CCL championship. The Crusaders finished in first with 160 points, in front of St. Mary’s (103) and Spellman (89). Senior captain Rose Fantozzi won the long jump (14-10 3/4), was second in the 100 (12.9) and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team of Colleen Corcoran, Kaleigh Price and Nicole Lizotte (season best 53.2). Freshman Sydney Packard took the 800 (2:23) and ran a leg of the 4x800, which included Hannah Smith, Jen Jordan and Arianna Maida (first, 10:35). Andrea Klos placed first in the 400 (63.0), Carolyn Claveau had a personal best in the discus (97-7) and Maggie Lepley had a pair of second place finishes(shot and javelin).
”It was a great day and a perfect way for the girls to end their season,” said head coach Jay Smith. “The last time they were undefeated was 2009, so it’s been a few years.”
CATHOLIC CENTRAL LEAGUE BOYS
Senior Patrick Corcoran doubled in the shot (47-0) and discus (126-3) to lead Fenwick to a second place finish (98 points). Senior Matt O’Brien became the first person at Fenwick to qualify for the pole vault (10-0) since 1974. Senior Bryan Mendes won the mile (4:38) and anchored the winning 4x800 relay team (9:14). Nick Tambini rounded out the day with a second place finish in the 110 high hurdles (16.9).
CATHOLIC CONFERENCE MEET
St. John’s Prep finished second with 104 points, behind B.C. High (130). The Eagles finished third during the duel meet season, but jumped over Xaverian this weekend.
Evan Dombrowski had a big day for St. John’s, winning the shot put (53-3), taking second in the discus (141-4) and being named the Outstanding Performer for the Conference. As of Saturday, Dombrowski’s shot put throw of 57-2 earlier this spring was still the top throw in the state. Tim Loehner also won the 2-mile for the Eagles in 9:52.31.
CAPE ANN LEAGUE GIRLS
Ipswich coach Marty Binette realized that his team had a shot at winning as the final events took place. With a team total of 94 points, the Tigers scored three points higher than second place Masco (91) and six points ahead of third place Hamilton-Wenham (88).
”The girls and I were shocked, because it was pretty close the whole way,” noted Binette. “We knew we had a good shot, but it was such a great day and the girls were really happy.”
Michaela Hedderman was first in the 100 (13.15) and 200 (26.43), while Sarah Kerian took the mile (5:09.67). Marissa Cain won the javelin (101-1), while Hannah Steele (high jump), Tina Kieran (2 mile) and Devin Smith (triple jump) all finished second in their respective events. Smith took fourth in the 400 (61.74) and was also was a member of the winning 4x400 relay team along with Jill Calvani, Emily Brengle and Shey Coughlin (4:24.89). Celia Zampitella rounded out the top finishers taking third in the shot (31-4)
Emily Weigand won the 2-mile (11:47), as did the 4x800 relay team of Emily Horgan, Sarah Duffy, Claire Pacione and Meg Blatchford (10:18) as Hamilton-Wenham placed third with 88 points. Five different Generals had third place finishes, including Vanessa Morris (100, 13.4), Anna Murphy (100 hurdles, 16.7), Kerry Hull (high jump, 4-10), Emma Beane (200, 26.8) and Blatchford (800, 2:25), as well as the 4x400 (4:28) and 4x100 (53.2) relay teams. Leslie Bynum (discus, 92-1), Maggie Abbott (pole vault, 8-6), Addison Shearer (400 hurdles, 69.5, Horgan (mile, 5:27) and Weigand (400, 2:27) earned fourth place finishes as well.
CAPE ANN LEAGUE BOYS
Junior David Drigo’s performance for Masconomet was the individual highlight as the Chieftains captured the Cape Ann League boys meet for the first time since 2001. Drigo won the javelin and broke the school record with a throw of 173-7. The previous record was 166 feet held by Jacob Muetterties . Drigo also anchored the winning 4x100 relay team (45.1) along with Ryan Katz, Simon Tardiff and Regan Charie, and ran a leg of the second-place 4x400 relay team.
Charie took first in the 200 (22.58), Tristan Cluster was first in the 400 hurdles (57.82), and the 4x800 relay team (Jake Moorman, Alex Gikas, Ryan Raphael, Harry Kent) also won in 8:32.
For Hamilton-Wenham, Sean Koch was second in the 110 hurdles (15.9) and third in the 200 (23.61). Bobby Grinnell, Kevin Rutigliano, Michael Allard and John Blatchford placed second in the 4x800 relay (8:32), while the 4x100 unit of Wyatt Howell, Riley Frackleton, John Dyer and J.J. Thisstle were fourth (47.1).
Ipswich finished in fourth overall with a team score of 70.5 points. Alex Jean-Charles led the way with a first place finish in the 100 (11.81), as well as second place finished in both the triple (40-11) and long jump (20-10). Ryan Bahar won the 110 hurdles (15.85), Matt Jaeger was third in the long jump (19-6 1/2), Nate Glaster finished fourth in the 400 (51.97) and Cole Martens was fourth in the 400 hurdles (60.09).