Both girls and boys teams finished the season with solid showings at the GBL Championship last Saturday at Reggie Lewis in Boston.
The girls team had an outstanding performance finishing 3rd behind only division 1 powerhouses Somerville and Malden. Senior Katherine Cabral had an amazing day finishing first in the long jump (15’3″), second in the 300m (43.59), and anchoring the first place 4x400m team (4:29.1). Sophomore Martine Simon also had a great day finishing 2nd in the long jump (14’8″), 7th in the 55m (7.88), and leading off the winning 4x400m team. Also part of the 4x400m relay team was Sophomore Awa Bajinka and Freshman Jocelyn Poste. It was in Poste’s third leg of the relay that we took control of the race. Jocelyn also had a great performance in the 1000m finishing 2nd in a close race. Senior Wendy Becerra was the Iron-woman of the day competing in the 2 mile (2nd place, 13:36.78), 1 mile (7th, 6:35.21), and anchored the 5th place 4×800 relay. Senior Mariama Kamara competed injured and finished 3rd in the 55m dash (7.54). Had Mariama run the time that she ran in trials in the final race she would have won. Freshman Masireh Ceesay finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 27’4″. Freshman Yarid Deras ran a tough race in the mile finishing sixth with a personal best time of 6:32.23. Just about every girl who ran had a personal best. Great way to finish the GBL season.
The boys had a good day finishing 4th behind Somerville, Malden, and Everett. Just like the girls, almost every competitor had a personal best. The long jump was the best event for the boys with three of the six places going to Chelsea athletes. Junior Adriel Cedano finished second with a jump of 19’3″, Junior Leonardo DeAlmedia came out of nowhere to finish fourth with a jump of 18’9″. Senior Alezio DaSilva finished 6th with a jump of 18′. Other point winners included: Jose Aguar in the 600 (3rd, 1:30.44), Adriel Cedano in the 55m (5th, 7.01), DeAlmedia in the 300 (6th, 39.66), and Johnny Gomez in the two mile (6th, 12:16.65). We were able to pick up more points in the relays with the 4x400m finishing 3rd (Cedano, DaSliva, DeAlmedia, Aguiar) in a time of 3:44.15. The 4x200m team (Nick Ieng, Isaac Colcord, Luis Jimenez, Bryan Rivas) finished fourth. The boys fought for every point they got. As coaches we could not be prouder of the performance they had.
What makes our team performances, girls and boys, even more impressive is that the teams that we compete against teams all have over 100 athletes, combined girls and boys. This season we finished with just under forty athletes. Every member of our team is a major contributor. We are so proud of the team that we finished the season with. To be a part of this team means pushing yourself every day to be better than you were the day before. Not everyone is built to be part of this.
Moving on to the state meet on February 10th for the girls are: Cabral in the 300m and long jump, Kamara and Simon in the 55m, and the 4x200m relay team of Kamara, Simon, Bajinka, and Cabral. The boys are sending two relay teams: the 4×200 (Ieng, Cedano, DeSilva, Aguiar) and the 4x400m relay of (Cedano, DeSilva, DeAlmedia, Aguiar).
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