The Latin Academy boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams recorded 15 combined first-place finishes en route to victories over the John D. O’Bryant school Tuesday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
The boys’ team topped O’Bryant, 72-26. Freshman Kenneth Holman won the boys’ mile and 2-mile run for the Dragons. He ran the mile in 5:16.60 and the 2-mile in a speedy 12:33.40.
“I feel really good that I won two events,” Holman said. “Really glad about the mile because that was my main goal. The 2-mile, I’m just glad I finished it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do because it was my first time.”
Holman won the mile by 16.3 seconds and the 2-mile by over 35 seconds, despite never running it before.
“He did a few road races over the summer, he’s been getting significantly better, really doing a good job,” Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler said. “Today in the mile we were just going to try to beat five minutes, so we were trying to be at 75 seconds for the first two laps and 2:30 for the half. And then he was just trying to hang on after that.”
Holman said one of his primary goals is to improve his mile time.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to do it this season, but maybe my next season, for the mile to get under five minutes,” Holman said. “Because you know that’s a really good time and my coach said that’s the gold standard.”
Malik Anderson won the 300-meter run, the 55-meter dash, and the high jump for the Dragons. Damian Cruz won the shot put.
The Latin Academy girls’ squad defeated O’Bryant by a 61-35 score. Seven different Dragons recorded individual victories, and the 4 x 200-meter relay team captured a first-place finish.
The Latin Academy track teams have dominated the Boston City League in recent years. The three-time defending indoor champions are looking to take home the City League title once again this season.
“I think we’ve had a couple years of really good kids,” Leussler said. “The kids see great results, either in the paper or they get acknowledgement at school, and then we get a lot more kids coming up. Because the team wasn’t always this good. Like 10 years ago there were very few kids on the team. It was hard getting kids to fill the events but right now they’re doing really well.”
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