Who's the fastest runner in Boston? We'll find out this week as the Boston City League holds the city track championships at 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at White Stadium.
Monday’s lineup will include the field events (javelin, shot put, discus, and high jump) along with the hurdle races and the 2 mile. Tuesday will feature the standard running events.
In the girls’ action, O’Bryant will look to defend its 18 consecutive titles, but it will have to fend off Latin Academy, which won the indoor championships the past two years after a long O’Bryant run.
“I think my girls' team has a really good chance,” Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler said. “O’Bryant consistently does very well. Brighton girls have looked very good this year as well as New Mission, English.”
In the field events, look for O’Bryant’s Adrienne Thornton to dominate the discus and shot put.
While Leussler expects the girls’ competition to be tight, he notes that the boys’ competition won’t be as close.
East Boston typically dominates the boys’ competition. The defending champion Jets take control in the field events, and a good showing would allow them to come out of Monday’s competition with the title locked up.
“The only strategy is to try and limit the points East Boston can get in the field events,” Leussler said.
The Jets have the strength to take top two in the discus and javelin, which would give them 36 points in just two events -- a margin that will be hard for any team to overcome.
Brighton and O’Bryant will be the toughest competition for Eastie.
Each of the Boston City League teams will try to put forth their best in hopes of winning some hardware.
“They’ve been preparing all season,” Leussler said. “There is nothing extra to really do.”
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