There’s only one streak Jose Ortega and the O’Bryant girls’ track team can be sure of and that’s the fact that they won their 18th straight City Championship on Friday afternoon at White Stadium.
“We’re trying to figure out who has the longest winning streak in the state,” Ortega said. “We don’t know. Nobody knows.”
Winning every event but five, the Tigers scored 131 points to beat Latin Academy by 20 points. Jade Arnold-Scott won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.8 seconds. Nicolette Gordon won the 400 meters in 1:01.90 while her teammate, Lawal Odunmolorun, finished second (1:06.50). Gordon also took gold in the long jump with a leap of 16-05.50.
Melissa Jean won the 800 with a time of 2:46.50 and Emily Prado and Vuong Tran finished first and second in the two mile run with times of 16:01.10 and 16:02.20. The High jump was taken by Wendy Unaegba (4-10). Adrienne Thornton won the shot put (31-08).
Competing for the first time in any sport this season, Rachael White tossed a 62-02 in the discus to win the gold medal.
“She’s got guts,” Ortega said. “Not many kids can come out and do that.”
OB also won the 4×400-meter relay in 4:44.20 while Latin Academy took the 4×100-meter relay in a time of 54.30. Latin Academy was also led by Carliana Teixeire’s gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles (18.5).
“It’s exciting every year because you have a whole new group of kids coming back,” Ortega said.
NOTEWORTHY: Gabriela Cruzado, who was the subject of the very first BPSsports story two years ago, finished second in the javelin with a toss of 69-10. Her teammate, Daitannah Smith (72-08.5), won the gold medal. Gaby gave birth to a baby boy earlier this spring. Here’s a link to the story about her playing football for Southie.