Coelho Leads Belmont Boys Harriers Into All-State Finals Top 20

Photo: The Belmont High Cross Country team that finished 17th in Division in the MIAA All-State meet (from left) Eli Meretta, Jason Kim, Jared Rife, Trevor Smith, Ronnie Rubenstein, George Pomer and Jackson Coelho.

It’s been a while since the last time the boys’ harriers from Belmont High have earned a spot in the MIAA All-States cross country finals – reportedly it’s “the first time in a while” said one Belmont elected official – so it was a notable performance by the team Saturday, Nov. 20, in the Division 1 championships held in Wreatham.

After finishing an impressive 7th in the Division 1B championships a week earlier, Belmont placed in the top 20 coming in 17th with 389 points in the D1 finals over that 5K course.

Leading Belmont to the line was senior stalwart Jackson Coelho who finished 37th in the 24th scoring position in 16 minutes,18.9 seconds. Fellow senior Trevor Smith came home in 56th in 16:39.6 while 9th grader Jared Rife (who finished 19th in the division round) impressed in the 68th slot in 16:47.1.

Rounding out the Marauders finishers were senior George Romer (17:08.4), juniors Jason Kim (17:40.6) and Ronnie Rubenstein (17:44.7) and 9th graders Eli Merrette (18:57.4).

Belmont High Runners Heading to Saturday’s All-State Meet

After coming off impressive placements and times at the Eastern Massachusetts Division 3 championships this past weekend, four Belmont High School runners and a girls’ relay team will be heading to Bridgewater on Saturday, June 7, to compete in the MIAA All-State Championships.

After finishing second in both events, Marauder freshman Julia Cella is ranked 14th in the 100 meters in 12.74 seconds and 17th in the 200 meters in 26.09 going into the meet in which the top athletes in all division levels will compete at Bridgewater State University.

She will also lead Belmont’s 4 x 100 meter relay team, made up almost exclusively by fellow freshmen and sophomores, which is ranked 15th.

Junior Max Jones, who also placed second in “the duce” in the divisional meet, is ranked 20th in the 200 meters in a time of 23.05 while fellow junior Ari Silverfine is pegged at 21 in the 800 meters having run the two lapper under two minutes with a best of 1:59.20.