Latin sets relay record

By Justin A. Rice

ROXBURY— Setting a meet record in the 4 x 200-meter relay, Boston Latin School’s girls’ track team tore up the track at the Reggie Lewis Center on Saturday morning at the MIAA Division 1 Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Senior Alexandra Williams, junior Emma Rice, senior Tamika Reid and senior Meisha Brooks clocked a time of 1 minute, 43.57 seconds in the relay, beating the previous record (1:44.23) set by Cambridge Rindge & Latin in 2006.

“We came in knowing we had the first [seeded] time but before you run every meet it’s about that meet, not the time you have so going into it we still had to push ourselves,” Rice said.  “Coming in we knew we had competition.”

Brooks and Rice also finished first and second in the 300-meter dash with times of 40.51 and 41.06 respectively as Boston Latin finished third in the team standings with 38 points, behind Newton North (46 points) and Wachusett Regional-Holden (38.3333).

“I told both of them just go out there and do what you know to do,” Latin coach Dacia Taylor said.  “They push each other.”

Taylor said she didn’t expect to do so well in the team standings or to set the 4 x 200 record.

“Not necessarily,” she said. “For us I just get them ready and put them out there. We never really look for records. Once we put the work in the results will come.”

Latin also qualified for Friday’s All-State meet in the 1000 meters thanks to junior Kathy Mello’s fourth place finish in a time of 3:04.57. At the All-States meet Latin will have an opportunity to qualify for the New England meet but Taylor said the team’s real goal is to qualify for the high school nationals.

“So these meets right now are just a stepping stone toward what we’re trying to do,” she said, adding that this season is not only the best in her six-year tenure as the Latin coach but it will also be a building block. “Oh definitely but next year we’re losing a lot of kids so we’re going to have to start over but it’s definitely on the right track right now.”

On the boys’ side of the meet Brighton High sophomore Luis Nunez finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet. Nunez will have to wait to see if he qualified for All-States as the top five finishers in each event autimatically qualify along with the next top four finishers reguardless of division.

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