Even though Dorchester’s 4x400 meter boys relay team was technically favored to win in the Boston City League track and field championships Tuesday at White Stadium, they thought of themselves as the dark horse.
“We were a huge underdog, and we kind of came out of nowhere,” Arrik Bell said after his team -- including Nicholas Ford, Pete Walker, and Christopher Ford -- won the event with a time of 3 minutes 46 seconds.
Dorchester held the best seed time in the event but only by a half-second over Latin Academy and almost a full second over South Boston.
So after it won, more than a few spectators were surprised to see the Bears heading to the top of the podium. South Boston finished second with a time of 3:46.90 and O’Bryant was third with a time of 3:47.20.
Latin Academy, whose boys team won the overall meet with 98 points, came in fourth with a time of 3:47.80.
“They ran their hearts out,” said Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler. “The problem is, my kid who did the second leg, Tayo Stuppard, he just ran his heart out and did a 2:20 and came in fourth place in the 800. Sekou [Stuppard] just won the 400 in 52 seconds.
“Dorchester was going to be a hard team in there. I think when you are 15 or 18 years old and run really hard for 800 or 400 [meters] you need more than 20 minutes to recover.”
Still, Dorchester was worried about Sekou Stuppard, who is known for surging from behind in the last leg, After South Boston briefly took the lead from Dorchester in the third leg, Nicholas Ford grabbed the baton and the victory.
“Last week I already beat him, it was like the same position, so I knew I could pass him again so that’s what I did,” Ford said of South Boston anchor Hakine Walcott. “In the last 100, I just went full out. I just tried my hardest because I already knew I was in the lead. I just pushed myself to get to the finish line.”
Bell said all the hard work in the regular season paid off.
“It’s just hard work and determination,” he said. “Getting to practice every day on time, staying a couple minutes after gets our endurance where it should be.”
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