O’Bryant’s Brian Donna had one last hurdle to clear with the finish line in sight on Monday afternoon at White Stadium. Ahead of the pack, the leader collided with the hurdle sending him to the ground.
He was barely down for a second.
With no hesitation, the sophomore jumped up and finished the 400-meter hurdles, making him the Boston City League outdoor track champion for the second straight year. Donna set the freshman record for the hurdles last year.
“As soon as I hit the hurdle and I was about to hit the ground, it felt like slow motion but I had to come back and get up and send a strong message,” Donna said.
After winning with a time of 1 minute and 4.5 seconds, the message was not only strong, it was clear.
“I won last year so I had to win again; keep winning until senior year,” said Donna, who also won the javelin with a throw of 125 feet, 7 inches.
Even though Donna had a cut on his arm to take home in addition to his gold medals, he had reason to be happy. After the first day of the outdoor city championship, O’Bryant's boys were leading the team standings with 68 points over Latin Academy’s 49 and East Boston’s 29.
However, according to coach Jose Ortega, the championship is far from decided.
“It will take everyone in the 800 to do something, a miracle in the 400, a miracle in the mile, places we don’t expect to score, we need to score,” Ortega said. “We may be in the lead today but tomorrow that could all change.”
Burke’s Kevin Facey also continued his success after placing fifth place in New England’s indoor meet this past winter. The senior came in first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.9 seconds after beating South Boston’s Bless Amedoadzi in a tight finish.
“It was really good but I got to do my best for my school. My mom helped me and my friends. I really enjoyed it,” Facey said.
The senior gave his coaches and mother a majority of the credit for their guidance in and out of team practices.
“Especially my mom, she practices with me every day after work,” Facey said. “She showed me how to get up and run up the hill. In the snow, I be doing it all the time.”
O’Bryant took the top two spots in the discus, with Duncan Malone winning the event (122-02) and Patrick Powell taking second (106-09.50) while East Boston’s Joseph Izzo finished third (100-09).
East Boston’s Sebastian Toro also won the 2 mile with a time of 11:17.10.
Dorchester’s Arrik Bell had a good day, winning the high jump with a leap of 5-10 and the long jump with a leap of 18-10.
The second and final day of the city championships will be at 3:30 pm on Tuesday at White Stadium.
Globe Correspodent Justin A. Rice contributed to this report.
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