Belmont High School's sophomore sensation Leah Brams successfully defended her Middlesex League Championship individual title with a clear 40-yard victory over Woburn High junior Gina D'Addario in the race held at Woburn Country Club on Monday, Oct. 29.
Brams completed the 2.5 mile course in 15 minutes, 1.1 seconds, five seconds over D'Addario, who Brams defeated at Belmont's 3.1 mile Clay Pit Pond course.
Brams' fellow sophomore Sophia Klimasmith broke 17 minutes coming in 27th in 16:58.9 followed closely by senior Julia Lenef in 28th (17:01.3).
Freshman Elisabeth Siletto was Belmont's fourth, finishing 40th in 17:44.4, followed by seniors Lia Aftandilian (17:49, 42th), Alexis Kaihlanen (17:55, 46th) and sophomore Carly Tymm (18:47.3, 63rd).
Belmont Girls' finished with 139 points in fifth place out of 11 teams.
Over on the Boys' side, Belmont finished 6th with 155 points led by some strong team running by the Marauders' top three: senior Lewis Silletto in 17th (13:40.1), junior Tim Siracusa in 21nd (13:43.7) and senior James Stadler in 22nd (13:49.4).
Running together, seniors David Green finished in 47th and Peter Staub in 48th and junior Charles Smith was in 49th with fellow junior Seth Altman crossing the line in 61st.
Looking into the future of Marauders cross country, Belmont's Freshmen Girls', led by Madeleine Keaveney in 3rd and Charlotte Alexin in 4th, finished a close second to Lexington in the 9th grade race while Belmont Boys' Wilder Manion finished third in the two kilometer freshman race.