Photo: Belmont’s Leah Brams in the lead pack early in the Div. 1 All-States meet.
Belmont High four-year star Leah Brams finished her brilliant high school cross-country career running to a 14th-place finish in a stacked field in the MIAA Division 1 All-States Cross Country Championships held at Stanley Park in Westfield on Saturday, Nov. 21.
The three-time Middlesex League champion led Belmont to a 14th place finish with 312 points, the first time Belmont has been in the championship in more than a dozen years.
Brams’ time, 18 minutes, 32.56 seconds over the 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) course, is a personal best in the state championships for the senior. The race was won by Lincoln-Sudbury senior Ariel Keklak in 17:25 with Needham taking the team title.
Following Brams in second was junior Sara Naumann (who also finished her career at Belmont High School with the championship race) who scored 41 points for Belmont racing in at 19:.37.8.
Running her strongest race of the year, senior Sophia Klimasmith once again scored top points for the Marauders with 64 points finishing in 20:10.3.
Finishing up Belmont’s scoring was freshman Audrey Christo in 20:23.8 (81 points) and senior Meredith Hughes in 21:15.8 (114). Sophomore Camilla Carere (21:44.2) and senior Emma Chambers (22:16.6) rounded out the effort.
Now the top runner in the state can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they don’t have to worry about Brams’ day-glo socks tracking them down as the Belmont resident transititions to her strongest sport, nordic skiing, and an opportunity to seek national recognition in cross country skiing.