The Roxbury Latin Track & Field team won a record 5th-straight New England Championship on Saturday, May 16, defeating its closest competitor, Moses Brown, by 18 points. In a true team effort, RL boys scored in 13 of the 17 events.
Team co-captain Kobe Redd and sophomore Tim McCarthy won individual New England titles in their events, with Redd capturing the 400m title and McCarthy winning the 110m hurdles (following in the footsteps of last year’s titlist, Bassil Bacare ’14).
With 17 seniors on this year’s squad, the team benefitted from the leadership of the Class of 2015. Co-captain Kobe Redd led the way, placing in all four of his events. In addition to winning the 400m, he finished 4th in the long jump and 200m and anchored the 4x400m team (which included Paul Kuechler, David Levitsky and Lucas Guzman) to a 3rd-place finish. Not to be outdone, co-captain Joey Mullen completed the “Iron Man Triple” (last attempted by Brendan O’Loughlin ’11) and scored in all three distance events: two 2nd-place finishes in the 1500m and 3000m, and a 5th-place showing in the 800m, in a new personal best of 2:02. Brendan Ng also rounded out his senior season in style, blazing his way to 3rd place in the 110m hurdles and improving his personal best by over half a second to 17.55. Also scoring was the team’s 4x100m relay, led off all year by Derek DaSilva. Danny Banks and Josh Racine both ran strong races in the 300m hurdles and 800m respectively, finishing just outside of the scoring in 7th. Sean Rose and Jason Lu provided team support in the throws, while Rohan Shukla showed his multisport versatility with a strong showing in the long jump.
Field event athletes provided critical points for Roxbury Latin all season, and Saturday was no exception. After winning the 110m high hurdles, McCarthy returned to the triple jump runway, where he unleashed his best attempt of the day, 40’ 5.25” to take the bronze. Connor Dante and Emmett Dalton teamed up to take 3rd and 4th in the javelin, with Dante launching the javelin 153’—a personal record by 20 feet, and reminiscent of school record-holder Greg Bunce’s 17-foot PR at the 2013 New Englands! Zach Lehan pole-vaulted 10’6”, good for 3rd place—his second consecutive bronze in two weeks, after he took 3rd at the ISL Championships. Under the tutelage of RL record-holder and co-captain Stephen Golden, Zach has improved from 8’ as a sophomore to a personal best of 11’ this year.
Despite the loss of key seniors, the future looks bright for RL Track & Field: Sophomore Jack Burton placed 6th in the 1500m, while classmate Hamilton Coiscou finished just outside the scoring in two races, taking 7th place in both the 100m and 200m dashes. Junior Rafael Brantley will also look to score next year after his 7th place finish in the 3000m. Freshman Paul Kuechler’s lead-off time for the 4x400m relay is 2nd on RL’s all-time freshman list (to Khalif Mitchell ’13), and with 3 of 4 legs returning on both our 4x100 and 4x400 relays, the squad is poised to improve on this year’s successful season.
Results can be found here.