Belmont’s Krafian Takes Three State D2 Track Titles; Perkins Runs Away with 600 Crown

Photo: Belmont’s Anoush Krafian after winning the 55-meter hurdles in the Division 2 State Championships.

Belmont High’s track star Anoush Krafian is finishing her high school indoor track career with a bang by winning three events at the MIAA Division 2 state championships held at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston on Saturday morning, Feb. 17.

The Dartmouth bound senior easily took her specialty, the 55-meter hurdles, finishing by more than half a second over Chelmsford’s Meghan Stagnone, 8.49 seconds to 9.04. 

The defending state outdoor pentathlon champion then showed her versatility in the field events, winning the high jump by two inches over pre-meet favorites the Jordahl-Henry twins from Wellesley with an outstanding 5 foot, 6-inch effort before heading to the jumping pit where she uncorked a 17 foot, 6-inch leap to place first by 3/4 of an inch over Woburn’s Brooklyn Manna.

Krafian’s three titles provided 30 points of Belmont’s 37 total securing fourth place in the team competition. 

Joining Krafian on the top of the podium was fellow senior Calvin Perkins who ran away with the 600 meters crown, taking the title in 1 minute, 22.51 seconds, a full half-second over Mansfield’s Mike Shannon. 

The girls’ 4×400 meters relay made up of seniors Emily Duffy and Carey Allard, freshman Rachel November and sophomore Soleil Tseng broke the school’s indoor record with 4:05.33 to take third.

Belmont finished fourth in the D2 state championships: Belmont’s relay team (top left, clockwise) Cary Allard, Rachel November, Soleil Tseng (also 8th in the 600) and Emily Duffy. Anoush Krafian is in the background running to get into the photo.

The boys’ 4×400 meters relay – seniors Max Serrano-Wu, Mel Nagashima, Bryan Huang and Perkins – did the girls’ one better by taking second place by the slimmest of margins, one-one hundredth of a second, 3:27.46 to 3:27.47, as Perkins outleaned North Andover’s Trevor Nassar at the tape.

Securing a point for the Marauders was 10th grader Tseng who finished 8th in the Girls’ 600 meters in 1:40.87.

The boys’ team took 11th place with 18 points.

Belmont’s top performers will now be heading to the MIAA Auerbach All-State Meet at the Reggie Lewis on Saturday, Feb 24.

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