Three for three.
On a perfect afternoon for cross country – a dank and dreary Tuesday, Oct. 9 – freshman harrier Leah Brams toed the start line at Belmont's Clay Pit Pond Cross Country and at the end of the five kilometer (3.1 mile) race, the 9th grader broke her own course record which was 20:04.
Running by herself from the start, Brams rocketed away from Belmont's opponent, Reading High School, and finished breaking the 20-minute barrier with a new record of 19:38.
Reading's Lucy Armstrong came in second at 20:39 followed by Belmont's Julia Lenef in 20:52 and the Rocket's Sandra Sgori in fourth at 21:19.
But the loss to illness of Belmont's solid scorers Lia Aftandilian and Madison Keits hurt the Marauders as Reading took the next five places with Brittany Reeves (21:26), Kate Mignosa (21:26), Jackie Paradis (22:02), and Sara Bond (22:09). Belmont's Madeleine Snyder broke up the Rocket-fest coming in 10th.
In the end, Reading (4-1) handed Belmont (3-2) its first home defeat, 23-36.