The East Boston High School boys track team came out on top during the City League Championship held at White Stadium on May 17 and were crowned City Champs after beating 10 other teams.
As reigning champs the Jets kept their streak alive during last week’s meet and have now been City Champs every year since 2017.
EBHS Track Coach John Parziale said he was proud of the boys team for another champion year.
“It was great,” said Coach Parziale. “We had some great performances from Mike Portillo who was our discus and shot put gold medalist and silver medalist in the javil–overall it was just a great effort by all the boys and a big day for the team. We scored a ton of points with 147 a lot of points to score during the meet.”
As defending champs, Parziale said a lot of the players from last year were still on the team and put in a tremendous amount of work this year to defend their title.
Parziale said the girls team also put up a great effort with track star Diana Melgar giving a great performance during the meet. She was 1st place in the triple jump, 2nd place in the 400m low hurdles as well as the 100m high hurdles.
“The girls had a great year despite having a lower number of players than last year,” said Parziale. “We finished fourth overall out of 10 teams, which wasn’t bad for us. Diana Melgar was our star on the girl’s side and had a great season. It was really a nice group of girls and they worked hard. It went from freezing cold days in March to the hot days in May but they all trained hard.”
All in all Parziale said both the boys and girls teams are, “just a great group of kids”.
“It’s a positive thing for the school and the city coming out of the pandemic,” he said, mentioning the canceled season in 2020. “It’s been a good run for the boys who have been City Champs every year since 2017 despite that one year of no sports.”