There could not have been any better conditions to run a cross-country meet then what greeted the runners assembled for the Middlesex League Meet on Monday, Oct 27; a brilliant, clear sky, temperatures in the low 60s and a note of crispness in the air.
And Belmont High runners excelled individually and as teams against many much larger enrollment schools at the meet held in Woburn.
In the feature Girls’ Varsity race, the two heavy favorites, hometown senior Gina D’addario and two-time defending champion, Belmont junior Leah Brams, did not disappoint the crowd as they battled for all but the final 400 meters of the 2.5 mile course.
D’addario stalked Brams, staying off her left shoulder from the start of the race until the final downhill on the hills of Woburn Country Club.
Just as she did previously in a duel meet in Woburn last month, D ‘addario – who is a standout 800 meter runner indoors and out – used her finishing speed to run away from Brams, who claimed second in 15 minutes, 2.8 seconds.
Belmont High’s Varsity Girls’ sixth place finish was notable as all their points were scored by underclassmen, five juniors and a freshman – Brams, Sophia Klimasmith, 19th (16:22.9), Emma Chambers, 44th (17:52), Carly Tymm, 53rd (18:04.3), freshman Camilla Carere, 64th (18:42.8) and Madison Kelts, 72nd (19:06.1) – the only team to make that distinction.
On the Boys’ side, senior Ari Silverfine stayed within the top 20 for the entire route to finish 15th in 13:23.9 with fellow 12th grader Seth Altman coming in 27th in 14:03.8.
Freshmen Boys’, led by a 7th place from Calvin Perkins, finished 4th while the Boys’ JV captured 7th. Another impressive showing came from the Freshmen Girls’ who placed 4th with Seneca Hart finishing 13th in 8:45.3.
All the runner’s and team results can be found on the MileSplit Massachusetts website.