BOSTON, Mass. – Earlier today, champions were crowned at the 2019 Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships. Hosted by the Boston Athletic Association at Franklin Park, more than 300 middle school student-athletes from the City of Boston competed over a 1.1-mile course. Since 1997, the B.A.A. has hosted the Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships in an effort to celebrate healthy lifestyles and promote physical fitness among Boston youths.
In the Boys competition, McCormack School swept the top two spots, as Lawrence Dotson and Garvy Gonzalez Marcano finished first and second in 5:37.21 and 5:46.13. Third went to John D. O’Bryant School’s Brandon Douglas (5:47.32). The John D. O’Bryant School won the Boys team title with 36 points, as four of their runners finished in the top ten. McCormack School (77 points) and Eliot K-8 School (88 points) were the second and third place teams.
John D. O’Bryant continued their winning ways in the Girls race, sweeping the individual and team titles. Tanisha Belizaire (6:56.37) and Arianna Anderson (7:04.67), both from John D. O’Bryant, finished first and second overall. Placing third to round out the podium was Amaya Hastings (Eliot K-8 School) in 7:15.05. Scoring only 28 points, John D. O’Bryant won the Girls team title over Eliot K-8 School (88 points) and Edison (93 points).
In the final race of the day, John D. O’Bryant School won the Co-Ed Relay in 2:01.96. Eliot K-8 School (2:07.34) and Edison (2:08.29) were second and third.
Today’s races not only served as the City’s cross country championship meet, but also as a qualifier event for April’s B.A.A. Middle School 1K. The B.A.A. Middle School 1K is held as part of the B.A.A. Invitational Mile, where athletes from each of the eight cities and towns along the Boston Marathon route compete on Boylston Street.
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