Seventeen schools from the City of Boston competed at today’s Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships, hosted by the Boston Athletic Association with adidas at Franklin Park, and in conjunction with Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department . Under clear skies and with conditions ideal for racing, Boys Championship and Girls Championship races covering 1200 meters were held, as well as a co-ed relay.
Running out front for a majority of the boys championship race was TechBoston Academy’s Anthony Rosado, who won with a time of 3:50.46. Rosado narrowly edged teammate Laguon Jilkes, second in 3:53.39. It was a very close race in the team competition, with O’Bryant scoring 91 points for the victory. In second was Edison (95 points), followed by McKay (102).
On the girls side, O’Bryant’s D’Anique Briggs took the pace out hard and never looked back, going on to win in 4:40.56. Second place went to King School’s Alissa King (4:49.38). Edison was the only girls team to dip under 60 points, winning the city championship with a score of 59 points. Rounding out the podium was O’Bryant, second with 67 points, and Hernandez with 68 points.
Timilty came out on top in the always exciting co-ed relay, which saw two boys and two girls compete for each team. Timilty finished in 2:03.09, with McKay hot on their heels in 2:05.24. Rogers was third in 2:08.36.
The Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships saw nearly 300 competitors, with students in grades five through eight competing.
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Current Boston City Council President Bill Linehan and legendary U.S. distance coach Bill Squires founded the meet in the Fall of 1996, and four teams competed indoors at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center due to inclement weather. In Autumn 1997, the B.A.A. and adidas became involved with the program.