LAMBERT defended the Marist Brothers' High School (MBHS) inter-house athletics meet yesterday at the school grounds in Flagstaff, Suva.
The team accumulated 5662 points followed by Alphonsus in second with 5379.
Team Augustine managed 5358 points while Claudius amassed 4701 points to be placed third and fourth, respectively.
MBHS PEMAC head of department Asish Prasad was impressed with the competition level.
He said the talent shown by the athletes yesterday was a good sign for their Coca-Cola Games boys title defence.
"Like other schools, our aim is to go out there and win the competition (Coca-Cola Games). Our aim is to defend the title we won last year and we have started working on achieving that," Prasad said.
"The inter-house was really competitive and challenging."
Prasad said some 800 students were divided into four teams for the day-long competition.
"We plan our season properly and that's one of the reasons why we organised the inter-house at this time of the year," he said.
Prasad said this would also give them enough time to select the best athletes and prepare for the Coca-Cola Games.
MBHS won the Fiji Finals last year after scooping 15 gold, seven silver and three bronze medals.
Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro skippered the team but did not participate after sustaining injury in the eleventh hour last year.