Belmont High School harrier Leah Brams ran away from the field as the freshman won the Middlesex League Cross Country Championships Thursday, Nov. 1, the first Belmont female runner to win the meet in 14 years.
Brams raced the 2.5 mile course in 14 minutes and 57 seconds, winning by a comfortable 100 meters over the Woburn High pair of senior Molly Persky (15:10) and sophomore Gina D’Addario who were running on their home course at the Woburn Country Club.
Brams, who is undefeated this fall, is the first Marauder to win the Girls League title since Marian Bihrle took the top spot in 1998 in a team record of 14:50.
The Belmont Girls' team also had a strong showing earning 163 points to finish seventh, behind Lexington whose 45 points gave the Minutemen the team title, easily topping second place Wakefield with 109 points.
Junior Lia Aftandilian was the second Marauder across the finish in 22nd place with a time of 16:31. Julia Jenef (32nd, 16:59), Maddie Synder (47th, 17:41), Alexis Kaihlanen (61st, 18:13), Cindy Yu (65th, 18:31) and freshman Sophia Klimasmith (69th, 18:42) completed the team scoring.
The Marauders will next compete in the Eastern Massachusetts Championships on Nov. 10 with the State Championships on Nov. 17 in Northfield.
With only one senior, the team can expect greater success at next year's meet.
Belmont's Lewis Silletto finished in 13:35 to finish in the top 20 as the junior led the Marauders in 10th place. Silletto with sophomores Tim Siracusa (28th, 13:52) and Seth Altman (55th, 14:42) were the Marauders top three, with juniors David Green (65th, 15:02) and Peter Staubs (69th, 15:30), sophomore Riley Grant (72nd, 15:52) and junior Owen Searls (76th, 16:41) finishing the scoring.