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    East Boston boys’ track three-peats as City League champions

    02/07/2018 Boston Ma-- Douglas Alvarado (cq) left battles Sean Dykens (cq) right in the Boys Mile race , at the City League Track &Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center. Dykens, won the race in a photofinish. Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff Reporter:Topic.
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    In the 1 mile, one of the more thrilling City League championship races, O’Bryant’s Sean Dykens (817) defeated Charlestown’s Douglas Alvarado (692) in a photo finish by the scant margin of two one-thousandths of a second.

    The East Boston boys’ track and field team took their victory jog around the track with coach Garcia Dalzon swarmed in the middle of the pack and a smile on his face almost as wide as the Reggie Lewis Center itself, chanting “Three-peat!” along with his athletes.

    For the third year in a row, the Jets stood alone atop the podium at the Boston City League championship on Wednesday after totaling 93 points over a two-day event.

    “This year was kind of just putting everything together,” Dalzon said. “The team worked really hard. It was a team effort, and it was a long season. But I feel like we did everything we could to come out on top in the end.”


    It wasn’t a handful of first-place finishes that propelled East Boston to the title, but a collective effort across all events in securing team points. In the end, it was the Jets’ winning 4 x 200-meter relay team that put the icing on the cake with a resounding victory in 1 minute, 34.71 seconds.

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    “We were trying to focus on the relay all year,” Dalzon said.

    “It just showed this year that we put in a lot of work, and a lot of effort.”

    Even if the Jets stole the main event, it was O’Bryant’s Sean Dykens who took center stage during the opening act of the afternoon. Coming off his 2-mile run on Tuesday, Dykens took home the mile, defeating Charlestown’s Douglas Alvarado by the slimmest of margins — two one-thousandths of a second — after meet officials reviewed video of the finish to resolve the virtual tie (5:00.26).

    O’Bryant finished third with 54 points as the Townies placed second with 79.


    Snowden’s Joel Lara was recognized as the meet’s Most Valuable performer, winning the long jump (19 feet 09 inches), 300 meter (37.02 seconds), and the 600 meter (1:26.74) to help his team to fourth with 30 points.

    On the girls’ side, O’Bryant won the team title in a runaway (112 points). The Tigers’ Courtney Lambright won Most Valuable performer with first-place finishes in the 55-meter hurdles (10.27), 300 meter (44.95) and ran a leg on O’Bryant’s winning 4 x 400 relay (4:43.40.)

    Snowden’s Sarah Lawton won the 1,000 meter (3:29.91) and received the award for the most outstanding performer over the course of the season.

    East Boston (72), Latin Academy (67), Snowden (51), and New Mission (17) rounded out the top five.

    Boys’ basketball

    O’Bryant 80, East Boston 31 — Rivaldo Soares (19 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists) and Tim Lambright (13 points, 5 steals) powered the Tigers to the blowout victory.


    Blue Hills 59, Diman 56 — Senior guard Marcus Mompoint helped the Warriors eke out the narrow win.

    Nauset 78, Monomoy 22 — Sophomore Skyler Sandison (20 points) and freshman Avery Burns (16 points) paced the Warriors (12-1).

    Girls’ basketball

    Latin Academy 47, Boston United 37 — Fiona Mannion (16 points) and Jordan Bellott (11 points) helped the Dragons cruise to victory.

    Notre Dame (Hingham) 54, Abington 43 — The Cougars avenged a loss from earlier this season behind 15 points and six assists from Kristin Barrett and 12 points and eight rebounds from Haley Roberts.

    Blue Hills 42, Diman 33 — Jamillia Ross (Randolph) led the way for the Warriors with 14 points, and teammate Ariel Carter (Milton) chipped in 11 points from the frontcourt.

    MIAA meeting

    There has been no thornier issue to the collective MIAA than litigation. And the biggest headache, acknowledged executive director Bill Gaine after a two-plus hour meeting of the MIAA’s Board of Directors, “is parents taking us to court . . . not the schools” over student eligibility and the transfer waiver process.

    Wednesday’s session in Franklin was a follow-up to a spirited discussion at the December meeting featuring Cohasset boys’ basketball coach Bo Ruggiero, past president of the state basketball coaches’ association, and Dick Baker, who oversees the MIAA’s eligibility/waiver process. Ruggiero argued that students were circumventing the waiver process under the guise of “school choice.” The issue, he said, will only get worse. Baker would like to see the process amended.

    Currently, a transfer student-athlete only gains immediate eligibility if the principal of the “sending” school signs off on the process (Form 200).

    In December, Peabody High did not sign off on a pair of transfers, Chibuikem Onwuogu and Sammy Batista, who wanted to play basketball at St. Mary’s of Lynn. Peabody alleged there was recruitment. Onwuogo got a court injunction to become eligible this season.

    “Part of our internal discussion,” said Gaine, “is the fruitfulness of that mechanism [Form 200, et al], because there is evidence of breakdown, and what happens between [two schools].”

    “We need to sensitize the membership about their individual and collective responsibilities,” said Gaine. “We have to stand tall.”

    Two other items of note:

     The national federation (NFHS) recently formed a partnership with eSports and is eyeing a fall launch for state associations with an interest. “There is an extraordinary amount of young people involved in this and we will explore it,” said Gaine.

     The board unanimously approved the membership of Roxbury Prep, which opened its doors in the fall of 2015 and has an enrollment of 335 in grades 9-11. The school will field a football team in the fall.

    Boston City League track results


    55 meter — 1. Nasiar Rivera, West Roxbury, 6.80; 2. Marcus Heard, East Boston, 6.86; 3. Khorey James, Charlestown, 6.87.

    300 meter — 1. Joel Lara, Snowden, 37.02; 2. Rodney George, O’Bryant, 37.50; 3. Adly Francois, East Boston, 37.51.

    600 meter - 1. Joel Lara, Snowden, 1:26.74; 2. George Rodney, O’Bryant, 1:26.96; 3. Roberto Duno, East Boston, 1:32.11.

    1,000 meter — 1. Victor Baez, Charlestown, 2:45.40; 2. Flevor Green, West Roxbury, 2:54.43; 3. Gelson DeBarros, East Boston, 2:54.48.

    1 mile — 1. Sean Dykens, O’Bryant, 5:00.26; 2. Douglas Alvarado, Charlestown, 5:00.26; 3. Jordan Mejia, East Boston, 5:08.64.

    2 mile — 1. Sean Dykens, O’Bryant, 10:56.98; 2. Victor Baez, Charlestown, 10:59.48; 3. Douglas Alvarado, Charlestown, 11:04.56.

    55 meter hurdles — 1. Nathaniel Nelson, Madison Park, 8.97; 2. Chris Michel, Charlestown, 9.21; 3. Brandon Ortega, East Boston, 9.45.

    4x200 relay — 1. East Boston, 1:58.64; 2. Latin Academy, 2:04.39; 3. New Mission, 2:07.69.

    4x400 relay — 1. Charlestown, 3:41.80; 2. East Boston, 3:45.05; 3. O’Bryant, 3:51.51.

    High jump — Pedro Decius, Madison Park, 5-06.00; 2. Ricardo Balbuena, Charlestown, J5-06.00; 3. Gelson DeBarros, East Boston, 5-02.00.

    Long jump - 1. Joel Lara, Snowden, 19-09.00; 2. Abel Fuentes, East Boston, 19-00.50; 3. Kishan McCray, Charlestown, 18-08.50.

    Shot put - 1. Francis Sosa-Baez, Brighton, 47-09.50; 2. Shean Smith, New Mission, 39-06.00; 3. Javier Arruda, East Boston, 36-10.50.

    Points —1. East Boston, 93; 2. Charlestown, 79; 3. O’Bryant, 54; 4. Snowden, 30; 5. Latin Academy, 27.


    55 meter — 1. Maleah Ferguson, South Boston, 7.74; 2. Lia Van der Linde, Latin Academy, 8.03; 3. Akia Kippins, O’Bryant, 8.08.

    300 meter — 1. Courtney Lambright, O’Bryant, 44.95; 2. Maris Moffat, Snowden, 47.03; 3. Ahria Ilyas, Latin Academy, 47.18.

    600 meter — 1. Maris Moffat, Snowden, 1:52.63; 2. Ketelyn Maguire, Latin Academy, 1:56.95; 3. Theresa Piard, O’Bryant, 1:58.96.

    1,000 meter — 1. Sarah Lawton, Snowden, 3:29.91; 2. Katherine Keating, O’Bryant, 3:34.10; 3. Alicia Alejandro, East Boston, 3:46.19.

    1 mile — 1. Sarah Lawton, Snowden, 5:56.59; 2. Katherine Keating, O’Bryant, 6:04.05; 3. Kelly Cryts, O’Bryant, 6:40.55.

    2 mile —1. Katherine Keating, O’Bryant, 12:47.06; 2. Sarah Lawton, Snowden, 13:36.62; 3. Kamila Abdi, West Roxbury, 14:43.00.

    55 meter hurdles —1. Courtney Lambright, O’Bryant, 10.27; 2. Alicia Alejandro, East Boston, 10.50; 3. Nell Asbrand, Latin Academy, 10:59.

    4x200 relay — 1. East Boston, 1:58.64; 2. Latin Academy, 2:04.39; 3. New Mission, 2:07.69.

    4x400 relay — 1. O’Bryant, 4:43.40; 2. East Boston, 4:49.47; 3. Latin Academy, 5:05.62.

    High jump — 1. Theresa Piard, O’Bryant, 4-06.00; 2. Zaira Garcia, East Boston, 4-00.00; 3. Zaineb Kamoune, Latin Academy, 4-00.00.

    Long jump — 1. Stephanie Faiella, East Boston, 14-09.00; 2. Akia Kippins, O’Bryant, 14-05.50; 3. Claritza Vasquez, West Roxbury, 13-11.50.

    Shot put — 1. Aminata Sesay, O’Bryant, 27-02.50; 2. Juliana Vazquez, East Boston, 25-03.00; 3. Kelly Exilus, Latin Academy, 22-11.25.

    Points — 1. O’Bryant, 112; 2. East Boston, 72; 3. Latin Academy, 67; 4. Snowden, 51; 5. New Mission, 17.

    Craig Larson of the Globe staff reported from Franklin.