Seconds after crossing the finish line of the girls’ 100-meter final at the Boston City League outdoor track championship on Wednesday at White Stadium, O’Bryant’s Meryl Bantefa quickly spun her head. When she realized she was the first to finish, she broke into a celebration.
As she made her way to the winner’s podium, Bantefa held three fingers in the air — representing each of Bantefa’s three victories on the day. She took first in the 100 meters (12.70 seconds), 200 meters (26.80 seconds), and 400 meters (1:01.60).
“My coach told me that I had to run the 200, the 100 and the 400,” Bantefa said. “I didn’t think I had enough time. They’re all sprinting events, and I was really stressing over it. All I had to do was listen to the people telling me, ‘Meryl, you’ve got this.’ ”
As a junior last year, Bantefa fought through injuries, and didn’t post times she would have liked. Her clean sweep in the sprint events as a senior was an ideal way to rebound.
“I told myself, ‘It’s senior year, Meryl, you’ve got to go all out. It’s your last chance to do it, and you’ve just got to fight hard and work hard.’ And that’s what I did.”
Bantefa helped lead O’Bryant to a Boston City League title, but she had help. Katherine Keating and Destaunia Perry each picked up a pair of first-place victories for O’Bryant, which recorded 162 points. Latin Academy finished second with 88 points.
Perry won the high jump (4 feet, 4 inches) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.00). Keating swept the distance events, winning the mile (6:24.00) and 2 miles (12:56.10).
For Keating, a 12-year-old seventh-grader racing for O’Bryant’s high school team, her impressive victories set her up for for a promising future with the Tigers.
“It’s really great. I have five more years,” Keating said. “So I can prepare a lot. I’m happy.”
On the boys’ side, Latin Academy’s Kenneth Holman swept the mile and two-mile using the mind-set of get out front early, and hold onto the lead.
“That’s how I usually start,” Holman said. “I used to kick toward the end. Now I try and go out strong and try and maintain. So that was the goal from the beginning.”
He won the 2 mile in 10:59.20 and the mile in 4:50.60, running by himself the majority of the race in the 2-miler. However, in the mile, Holman had East Boston’s Micah Huntley in close pursuit from start to finish.
“I could hear him, I knew he was right there,” Holman said. “I honestly thought he was going to pass me. I just tried to hold out as best I could.”
Holman helped Latin Academu (81 points) finish runner-up to East Boston (124 points), which was propelled by Elvis Navarro’s first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.70) and Huntley’s second in the mile (5:04.30).
Rivers 12, Nobles 5 — Princeton-bound senior goalkeeper Ben Churchill of Wellesley stopped 12 of 17 shots to propel the visiting Red Wings (14-4, 12-3 ISL) to the program’s first victory at Nobles (15-4, 12-3 ISL).
Natick’s Peter Burnes (3 goals), Weston’s Matt Paul (2 goals, 2 assists), and Lexington’s Thomas Benjes (2 goals, 1 assist) paced the attack for Rivers (14-4, 12-3 ISL), which tied for third place in the Independent School League with Nobles and Roxbury Latin.
“We didn’t practice like we were out of [ISL] title contention,’’ said Churchill, who played through the season with a thumb injury. “All week, we said, ‘Who cares if we’re out of it, we’re going to go out and win this game and cement our legacy,’ and that’s exactly what we did.”
East Bridgewater 6, Norwell 0 — Liam LeVangie fired a three-hitter and struck out nine for the Vikings (14-6), who clinched a share of the South Shore League Sullivan title.
Dighton-Rehoboth 5, Apponequet 0 — Senior Tom Roache tossed a two-hitter, striking out three and walking one as the Falcons (14-4) clinched the South Coast Conference title.
Norton 1, Acton-Boxborough 0 — Senior Taylor Cibotti knocked in the lone run in the second inning and junior Kelly Nelson fired a 17-strikeout two-hitter for the seventh-ranked Lancers (20-1).
Latin Academy 4, Boston Latin 0 — Senior Olivia McGrath tossed a four-hitter, notching 11 strikeouts and scoring the winning run as the Dragons (18-2) set a program record for wins in a season. McGrath’s younger sister, Kate, struck out 10 for the Wolfpack.
Waltham 22, Boston Latin 16 — Senior Taylor Pinzone scored a single-game school record 17 goals to bring her season total to 150, shattering her own school record of 141 set last season. The Northwestern commit has totaled 520 goals in her career.
Westwood 12, Cohasset 9 — Trailing, 9-8, with five minutes to play, the third-ranked Wolverines (14-4) charged back against the fourth-ranked Skippers behind a four-goal, two-assist performance from senior Haley Connaughton.Nate Weitzer reported from Dedham. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.