Boston city track championships

It’s a repeat for Latin Academy

Dragons sweep both titles again

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff
Barbara Okafor heads for the finish line in the girls’ 4 x 200 relay, won by the Dragons in 1:51.60. Okafor also won the 55-meter run.

Latin Academy swept the Boston City indoor track championship for the second straight year, taking home the girls’ and boys’ titles yesterday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

“This was big for our team, especially after last year,’’ said Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler. “This is the first time we’ve won twice in a row.’’

Last year, the Latin Academy girls broke a 16-year win streak held by O’Bryant. The boys’ team broke a seven-year streak, also held by O’Bryant. Now, the Dragons are cementing their dominance in the Boston City League.


Latin Academy entered the favorites, but Leussler didn’t place extra pressure on his team. He said his athletes see the kids they will be competing against throughout the season, and know what they’ll have to do long before the championship meet.

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The girls’ squad finished with 140 points, 71 points ahead of O’Bryant (69). Brighton had 40 points and English was fourth with 32. East Boston (20 points) rounded out the top five.

The Dragons won nine events on the girls’ side, and earned points in 11 of the 12 events. Monique Cox won the 300 and long jump for Latin Academy. The Dragons took the top two spots in the 55, 300 and 600-meter runs.

“We have a lot of great girls who put a lot of effort in, competing in indoor and outdoor track,’’ Leussler said. “Many of our girls have been running since they were in seventh grade.’’

The Dragons had 12 athletes qualify for the state tournament, the most the school has had in 10 years. One is Britney Firmin, who qualified in the 600 with a time of 1 minute, 48.38 seconds. She finished ahead of teammate Leigha Mills (1:52.69) yesterday.


The Latin Academy boys also dominated their field, finishing with 90 points to top South Boston’s 58. Charlestown (47) squeaked past Brighton (43) for third and Dorchester (32) finished out the top five.

The boys’ squad won four events, including Robert Finch’s victory in the mile. Finch finished in 4:56.19, the second time he has finished the mile in under five minutes in his career. He also qualified for the state tournament in the event.

The Dragons’ Tucker Gaye won the long jump at 20 feet 0.5 inches, 3 1/2 inches better than South Boston’s William Arrington, setting a league record and qualifying him for states.

Second-place South Boston won two events. Arrington took the 300, finishing at 36.40. Arrington also ran on the winning 4 x 400 relay team, with a time of 3:49.68, almost 10 seconds ahead of second-place Dorchester (3:59.51).