Led by freshman J’Saun Bastien, the South Boston boys’ track team earned a win Wednesday over Brighton at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.
Bastien won the boys’ 300m and anchored South Boston’s winning 4x200m relay team. Although he is just a freshman, he leads like a veteran.
“He’s a freshman. He’s a baby,” South Boston coach Said Ahmed said. “He has quite a career ahead of him. I’m so proud of him. I’m so lucky to have him on my team and you know, he’s not even the team captain. He’s just leading by action. He’s just great.”
Bastien said he enjoys being the Knights’ leader despite his age and has no problem being in the spotlight.
“I actually like it,” he said. “People be like, ‘Oh you’re a freshman?’ and I’m like, ‘Yep. I’m a freshman and I won.’ So when it comes to stuff like that I don’t look at it as ‘I’m a freshman so no one’s thinking about me.’ I look at it as I’m about to shock them.”
South Boston ran a strong race through the first three legs of the 4x200m relay, but the opposing squads were close behind. But once Bastien got the baton on the final leg, there was no hope of catching him. South Boston won the relay in a time of 1:37.92, more than 5 seconds faster than second-place Brighton.
“I depended on my team to give me a lead,” Bastien said. “They gave me a nice lead so I just decided to build off from that. It’s all I could do. But the most important thing is when you run anchor and you realize you got all that pressure on you, all you gotta do is zone out. And that’s what I did. I just zoned out. I told myself ‘J’Saun, leave it all on the field.’ I got my head into it and I did what I came here to do.”
Bastien also dominated the boys’ 300m dash, finishing in 38.89 seconds. He was the only runner in the meet to finish in less than 40 seconds, but he thought he could have run a better race.
“Not my proudest race but as long as I brought home the ‘W’ for the team I’m OK with it,” he said.
On the girls’ side, West Roxbury won the 4x200m relay in 1:59.36, led by sisters Michelle and Monique McPherson.
“Their sister was on the relay team last year and she graduated so they’ve been running together for a long time,” West Roxbury girls’ coach Erin Pels said. “It’s just such good chemistry between the team. They’re doing great.”
Monique and Michelle finished first and second, respectively, in the long jump. West Roxbury also won the 55m dash, the 55m hurdles, the 600m run, and the high jump.
“They’re doing so well this year," Pels said. “We’ve lost two meets but overall we’ve been doing phenomenal.”
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