With the City Championship track meet getting postponed every day this week, East Boston’s coach was worried his team would overdo it in practice.
“At this point I didn’t want to get anyone hurt,” John Parziale said after his boys won their first city championship since 2002. “It was scary, they get competitive. I didn’t want to get anyone hurt.”
Originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday the meet was rained out every day before being crammed into one day on Friday.
“Usually they split it up so the kids get a chance to rest,” Parziale said. “It’s tough. Mentally they were ready on Monday and I told them don’t light the flame, lower it down and wait. It’s tough because you got young kids.
“They did it.”
Finishing the meet with 107 points, 34 points better than Brighton High, Eastie was led by its 4×100-meter relay team, which took gold in a time of 45.40. Sophomore Davonte Holloway, who was on the 4×100 team, also dominated the jumping events by finishing first in the long jump with a personal best (20-07) and first in the triple jump (40-03.5).
Holloway said the layoff didn’t end up hurting his conditioning.
“I’m feeling good,” he said. “[I thought I’d] just have a lousy day. Turns out it was great.”
Eastie also got a boost from Kelvin Martinez and Anthony Whitney, who finished second and third in the javelin with tosses of 123-01 and 117-04. The Event was won by Brighton’s Miguel Sabio (129-05), who also finished first in the 200-meter dash (22.80).
Brighton also got a boost from Andrew Maestre, who tossed a personal best in the shot put (39- 2.5) to win gold. He wasn’t fazed by the weather delay.
“We’ve been training all week,” he said. “I listened to [my coach] and followed his techniques. The result was good execution.”
Ernesto Figueroa had a great day for Eastie as well, winning the discus with a toss of 115-01 and finishing second in the shot put (38-11.50).
Latin Academy’s Tucker Gaye finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and won the high jump with a 6-foot leap.
“It felt like forever waiting for this event,” the junior said. “I caught the flu in the meantime.”
Evan Freedman contributed to this report