The fans at Tuesday’s Boston City League indoor track championship were on their feet, clapping and cheering during every race. Members of the competing teams lined up against the metal fences surrounding the track at the Reggie Lewis Track, telling teammates to keep pushing every lap.
But for the boys’ and girls’ teams from Latin Academy, the most exciting run of the two-day competition was the victory lap they took with their championship trophies.
The boys’ team earned 65 points Monday and finished with a winning total of 87. South Boston finished second (66), and O’Bryant took third (56).
The Latin Academy girls earned 80 points Monday and finished with an impressive total of 139 points. Runner-up O’Bryant scored 72, and West Roxbury finished with 40.
It was the fourth straight indoor championship for the Dragons’ boys and girls.
“There were a lot of individual fantastic performances,’’ Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler said. “We put enough distance between us and the competition on the first day that this second day was a little bit easier, but there were some incredible performances.”
Latin Academy freshman Kenneth Holman kicked off the Dragons’ scoring Tuesday with a win in the mile. Holman finished in 5 minutes 13.43 seconds, taking a close race with South Boston’s Quayshawn Owens.
“I’m just psyched,” Holman said with a smile, sporting his first-place medal.
Owens got off to a strong start and held a sizable lead halfway through the race, but Holman caught up to him and they battled for the top position.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to catch [Owens] at the beginning, but I’m really glad I did,” Holman said. “It was a really good race.”
With two laps to go, the bell that typically signals the final lap was prematurely rung, but Holman was not fazed by the miscue and ran a strong final 400 meters to close out the victory.
“I looked at the time and it was 4:20, and I just thought, ‘No way,’ because there’s no way I can run 30 seconds faster,” he said. “I knew I had another lap.”
Senior Malik Anderson, who won the 55-meter dash and the high jump Monday, led the Dragons to a victory in the 4 x 400-meter relay with a fast first leg.
Youth led the way for the Latin Academy girls as sophomore Leigha Mills won the 1,000 in 3:35.46. Sophomore Britney Firmin took first in the 600 in a speedy 1:45.47. Sophomores Ashley Lewis and Imani Presley finished first and second, respectively, in the 300 Monday.
“My girl in the 600 I thought was great, Britney Firmin,” Leussler said. “And then my girl in the 1,000 has only run it once before, Leigha Mills, so she was real excited to win that.”
The Dragons also dominated the relays, winning the 4 x 200 (1:54.17) and the 4 x 400 (4:29.06).
“They did well,” Leussler said. “I think that, coming in, we kind of peaked just at the right time for this meet.”