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Championship week: Latin Academy leads after first day of track competition

Posted by Metro Desk  February 3, 2014 09:58 PM

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The Boston City League indoor track championship kicked off Monday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, and the three-time defending champion Latin Academy girls’ and boys’ indoor track teams stand in first place after the first day of competition.

The girls’ team racked up 80 points in Monday’s events. O’Bryant currently stands in second place with 33 points, and West Roxbury holds the third spot with 32 points.

Sophomore Ashley Lewis led the way for Latin Academy, winning the 300-meter dash in an impressive 41.52 seconds. She also finished fourth in the long jump.

“It feels great because last year I came in second and I got my best time today,” Lewis said of her 300 victory. “It feels really good.”

Latin Academy sophomore Imani Presley finished second in the 300, just behind Lewis in 44.52.

“This is my second time since eighth grade running it and this is my best time,” Presley said. “It was exhausting but I was glad I was able to push myself and get second.”

Latin Academy swept the 2-mile run. Kelly Dao took the top spot in 15:46.12.

O’Bryant’s Juleen Lewis won the 55-meter dash and the long jump. West Roxbury’s Hirmine Francois won the high jump and also finished fourth in the 300.

The Latin Academy boys’ squad earned 65 points Monday. Second-place O’Bryant scored 40 points, and Charlestown rounds out the top three with 22 points.

Senior Malik Anderson captured 20 points for the Dragons’ team total with wins in the 55-meter dash and the high jump.

Anderson edged East Boston’s Orlandino Gray to win the 55. Anderson finished in 6.69 seconds and Gray finished in 6.80.

“I’ve been working at the 55 all my track career and I've always been pretty good at it but I’ve gotten better this year,” Anderson said.

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O’Bryant senior Brian Donna defeated Latin Academy senior Xavier Hill in the 55-meter hurdles, but Hill topped Donna in the long jump with a 20-foot-1-inch leap.

Snowden's Joseph West won the 300-meter dash in 38.35 seconds, just barely topping South Boston freshman J'Saun Bastien's time of 38.64.

Anderson will be back on the track tomorrow as part of Latin Academy’s 4x400-meter relay team. He said he thinks his team is in good shape heading into the second day of competition.

“I think we stand pretty well,” he said. “Everyone’s been doing their best and getting good times and getting good heights. In long jumps and shot puts everyone’s been doing their best, so I think we have good standing.”

The second and final day of competition begins Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

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