Photo: Belmont’s Calvin Perkins crossing the finish line at Clay Pit Pond.
Up against some scary good teams – Lexington, Wakefield and Reading to name three – Belmont High’s Cross Country Harriers ran hard and finished 10th in the Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity races in the season ending Middlesex League Championship meet held Monday, Halloween, Oct. 31, at Woburn Country Club.
Both Marauder squads came through the dual meet regular season at 2-5, with a winning record of 2 and 1 on its home course of Clay Pit Pond.
Leading the Marauders this season was sophomore Audrey Christo who set personal bests at Clay Pit and continued the streak, now in its fifth year, of a Belmont female runner finishing first in each of the individual dual meet raced in Belmont.
Christo, who came a mere six seconds short of breaking 20 minutes on Belmont’s five kilometer (3.1 mile) layout, said “the home races were my favorite because being on this team was so much fun.”
The boys squad was paced by junior Zach Tseng who broke 17 minutes on his home course.
On Monday, Christo continued her outstanding running finishing 19th in the 2.5 mile varsity race just missing out on going below 16 minutes (16 minutes, 1.5 seconds) as she was the sixth fastest freshman/sophomore in the race.
Over on the boys’ side, Tseng finished 23rd in 13:23.9 with Calvin Perkins in 38th in 13:51.7.
And for those looking to the future, Belmont saw two girls finish in the top 10 in the freshman race with Catherine Cunningham in 8th (8:33.8) and Isabella Meserejian in 10th (8:57) over two kilometers (1.2 miles) and Stephen Carvahlho coming in 8th in the boys’ freshman dash (6:57.8).
Complete results of the Middlesex League meet can be found at MileSplitMa.