After the first day of the Boston City League girls outdoor track championships Monday, O’Bryant put itself in position to reclaim the title it lost last year after a 16-year winning streak.
Despite posting 76 points compared to New Mission's 50 and Latin Academy’s 44 after the opening day at White Stadium, O’Bryant coach Jose Ortega doesn’t believe his team can come out on top on Tuesday.
“They're going to beat us tomorrow, they’re going to do a lot of damage tomorrow,” said Ortega before the final standings were released.
“Think about it, the 400, they got runners there, the 800, they’re going to place there, the mile, they’re going to place there, the relay, they’re going to place there. We’re just hanging on for dear life. All that’s going to change tomorrow real quick,” Ortega said.
Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler, however, did the math after the first day standings were released and had a different prediction.
“Forty-four-76, that’s going to be really tough tomorrow but I think we’ll get 62 points and they’ll get 32,” Leussler said. “[O’Bryant] girls could take this 104-108. That’d be tough, that would be tough, my kids would be upset then. We’ll see tomorrow.”
O’Bryant was led by freshman Juleen Lewis, who won the 100-meter dash in 12.6 seconds and won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet 8.25 inches. She also finished second in the triple jump by logging a jump of 33-10.
“All I saw was the finish line, I have to make it, they’re counting on me,” she said of the 100-meter dash.
In its first year of having it’s own program, New Mission/Boston Community Leadership Academy, had a good showing on Monday. Ambar Mateo won the 2 mile with a time of 14 minutes, 12.4 seconds. Her teammate, Esther Nkwah won the triple jump with a leap of 34-01.
As a member of the Brighton track team last year, Mateo finished fourth at the city championship in the 2 mile.
“It feels amazing because the team has been great and I’m proud to represent New Mission,” Mateo said.
The second and final day of the city championships will be at 3:30 pm Tuesday at White Stadium.
Zolan Kanno-Youngs contributed to this report.
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