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Greater Boston Stops Philly 3-Peat

Greater Boston Stops Philly 3-Peat

CHICAGO, Ailing—The final chapter to retire an Olympics Cup was the Philadelphia AYF in 2008. This yr the Sebouhs tried to repeat that feat however ran into a deeply gifted Larger Boston staff that racked up 177 factors to win by 46.5 points. After Friday’s events, the Nejdehs sat in third place with 27 points and trailed first place New Jersey by 14. But they piled up 41 factors within the Sunday morning occasions to seize a 24 point lead and by no means appeared again. When the mud cleared, Boston had taken 18 gold medals—more than half of the 34 Sunday events. The Nejdehs have been led by excessive scorers Anoush Krafian and Shant Mahrokhian, in addition to rookie pentathlon victor Lori Ganjian. Alongside the best way, Alexis Cormier scored 13 factors within the distance events while thrower Alex Avakian and rookie Knar Krafian chipped in 11 each.

Philadelphia’s complete of 130.5 points was considerably in need of the 158 they put up final yr. However they as soon as again featured a balanced medal complete of seven golds, 10 silvers and eight bronzes along with profitable three relays. The Keshgegian brothers once again led the best way as Aram gained the pentathlon, Anto scored 13 and Avi gained the hurdles for the third straight time. They have been helped by Mark Santerian’s 10 factors in addition to Mher Mardirosian and first time swimmer Kevork Zeibari, who each had 11. Detroit had their greatest end since they gained in 2014 as they placed third with 74 factors. Group Okay-T had high scorer Melanie Sarafian dominate the sprints and break a 40 year-old document in the 50 meter sprint. Shut behind with 65 points was New Jersey who had excessive scorer Aram Barmakian win three golds within the pool. The Arsens started robust on Friday as they gained the golf, tennis and swimming competitions. The only different workforce with a excessive scorer was fifth place Providence (38 factors) who had Lily Kernaghan win three swimming golds as she did final yr.

Host chapter Chicago was sixth once once more with 33 factors as Ally Devedjian rang up 13 factors within the pool. North Andover took seventh place scoring 25 factors, another than Most Improved Chapter Middlesex West. In ninth place with 22 points was Glendale, certainly one of 4 West Coast chapters that scored. Just behind was Orange County (10 points), also from California. Washington, DC had eight points for 11th place while Racine scored six. North Valley (West Coast) had 5 points and subsequent yr’s host Worcester was 14th with three points. Manhattan and West San Fernando rounded out the scoring with two and 1.5 points respectively. 


The first triple gold winner of the weekend was as soon as once more swimmer Lily Kernaghan from Windfall. She gained the 50 and 100 freestyles as well as the 50 backstroke, all in near report time. Kernaghan swims for the Westport Water Rats Club and has private bests of 24.12 and 52.37 within the 50 and 100 free, as well as 26.55 and 56.46 within the 50 and 100 back. Her 50 again time was recorded at YMCA Nationals the place she positioned 22nd earlier this yr. She is receiving recruiting letters from schools and will probably be weighing her choices this yr as a senior. Her mother Maya is a Varantian alum and studies that her daughter started going to Camp Haiastan when she was eight years previous. At camp, she used to get up at 5:30 to follow on her personal in the pool. She is grateful to the lifeguards who used to wake up together with her just for security protocol. Maya additionally talked about that a prior swim membership coach pressured Lily to skip camp so that she might continue working towards with the staff through the summer time. Lily selected to vary teams! 

New Jersey’s Aram Barmakian also gained three swimming events as a 23 year-old rookie. He started with the 50 breast and then gained the 100 free and 50 fly. Barmakian used to swim for Westfield Excessive Faculty in New Jersey and for the Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA. He had personal data of 58.10 in the 100 breast and a couple of:08.09 in the 200 breast on the 2014 YMCA Nationals. Barmakian positioned 30th and 41st in these events. He additionally took 13th place at the NJ State HS Championships in the 100 breast during his senior yr. Barmakian went on to swim and play water polo for Boston School, where he additionally served as President of the Armenian Club. He is presently a researcher in Saddle Brook, NJ, at CBRE.

Anoush Krafian elevates to set a brand new document in the long bounce

Anoush Krafian continued her undefeated streak as she was excessive scorer for the fifth straight yr. This yr she confirmed her versatility by profitable the shot put and excessive bounce in addition to breaking her own document in the lengthy leap. Krafian graduated from Belmont High Faculty last yr the place she set 12 faculty data and had 5 All State Championships. During her remaining indoor All State Meet, she gained both the pentathlon and 55 hurdles and in addition positioned second within the excessive bounce. At the outside All State Meet, she gained the 100 hurdles with a private better of 14.26 and placed second within the pentathlon. Two weeks later, she flew to North Carolina A&T College for the New Stability Outside Nationals. Krafian earned All-American honors for the third time by putting fifth within the heptathlon with a score of 4721 points, setting private bests within the excessive leap (5’6.25”) and the 200 (25.56). Krafian just accomplished her freshman yr at Dartmouth School the place she was additionally a member of the monitor staff. She placed fourth within the pentathlon on the indoor Ivy League Championships in February.

Krafian’s teammate Shant Mahrokhian recovered from final yr’s leg damage to turn into excessive scorer as he did in 2017. Mahrokhian gained the 100 and 200 meter dashes in addition to the lengthy bounce. Mahrokhian graduated from Tufts final yr with a degree in Biology. He was co-captain and Middlesex League All-Star for the soccer staff at Lexington Excessive Faculty however by no means was a member of their monitor workforce. At Tufts, Mahrokhian determined to hitch the monitor group after his successes at AYF Olympics. He recorded a number of long jumps over 21 ft and did nicely within the sprints. Mahrokhian is presently doing medical research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Middle in Boston.

Detroit’s Melanie Sarafian gained triple gold for her first time in her third Olympics. Sarafian swept the 50, 100 and 200 meter dashes in straightforward trend, setting a report in the 50. Final yr she gained the 100 but came up brief in the other two events. Melanie simply graduated from Northville Excessive Faculty where she had been a soccer participant before switching to trace in her junior yr. After committing to sprinting full time, she improved to the point where she qualified for the State Division 1 Championships within the 100. Through the off season, Sarafian continued to coach with an area monitor membership. This past season at the Michigan HS Area 6 Championship, she gained the 100 and took second within the 200 with private bests of 12.36 and 26.31. Melanie went on to put ninth in the 100 at the State Championships and helped her 4×100 relay group place fifth with a faculty document time. She is now a freshman at College of Michigan learning neuroscience and plans to run with their club group.

The pentathlon trophies went to 16 year-old Lori Ganjian from Higher Boston and 23 year-old Aram Keshgegian of Philadelphia. Ganjian gained the jumps and the sprint to score 1840 and edge defending champion Jessica Sarkisian of Philadelphia by 54 points. Keshgegian took the operating occasions and the shot put to put up 2334 factors and win his second pent title by over 700 factors.

Except for the data set by Sarafian and Krafian, two relay groups set new marks. Higher Boston broke their very own chapter document in the coed operating relay with a time of 1:45.27. The staff combined high scorers Krafian and Mahrokhian with Ganjian and Kebabjian. On Friday, Detroit swam the scholar relay in a document time of 1:58.10. Their staff was made up of two sisters and two brothers—Knar and Teny Topouzian with Armen and Berj Vartanian. Final but not least, the Ernest Nahigian Award for sportsmanship and fraternal spirit was introduced to Daron Hamparian from Larger Boston. 

Knar Topouzian (Detroit) wins the 400


The lads’s events once again showed much depth with solely three double winners. First was high scorer Shant Mahrokhian from Larger Boston, who gained each the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Mahrokhian had good margins of victory in both races with occasions of 11.41 and 23.82. Armen Almasian from North Andover took silver within the 100, whereas Boston’s Vasken Kebabjian did so within the 200. Philly’s Eric Papazian settled for bronze by a margin of only zero.01 seconds in each instances. Papazian was also edged out in the 400 as he finished right behind teammate Mher Mardirosian who had a time of 57.65. Larger Boston’s Greg Cormier placed third. Earlier that day, Mardirosian and Cormier had placed 2-Three within the 800 meter run where Anto Keshgegian gained in 2:19.87. That was Keshgegian’s second gold after profitable the 3200 meter run in the course of the morning session in 12:49.17. Boston’s Sam Chakmakjian and Raffi Sarrafian from Chicago gained the other medals in that event. In what may be a first, none of these three runners took medals in the other lengthy distance occasion—the 1600. Hampton Trout from Higher Boston gained that contest with a time of 5:40.00, ahead of David Bournazian (Washington) and Haig Kadian (Detroit). The only different monitor occasion, the 110 meter hurdles, noticed Avi Keshgegian three-peat as he out-leaned teammate Garno Khararjian in 18.05. Nejdeh Andre Kotikian took the bronze.

Shot Put Medalists (L-R) Zachary Semerjian (Windfall), Alex Avakian (Larger Boston), Mike Nercesian (Detroit)

In the subject occasions, Boston’s Alex Avakian was the one two-time victor, as he was last yr. Avakian first took the shot put with a toss of 47’6.25” to beat Providence’s Zach Semerjian and Detroit’s Michael Nercesian by about seven ft. Avakian then gained the discus with a heave of 149’1”, less than 3’ shy of his document within the event. Nercesian gained the silver and Philly’s Mark Santerian took third. The other throwing occasion, the javelin, was truly contested on Saturday as a result of restrictions on that occasion at Triton School. In that battle, Zach Semerjian upset five-time champion Mark Santerian with a toss of 149’7” whereas Nercesian gained the bronze. In the long leap, Shant Mahrokhian began his day by beating defending champ Armen Almasian and Masis Mardirosian from Philly. Mahrokhian and Almasian each recorded leaps of 20’7”, however Shant gained the gold with an extended second greatest bounce. Within the high bounce, Sam Chakmakjian turned the tables on Keshgegian clearing a peak of 5’6” and gained the event for the third time. Keshgegian’s teammate Paze Yeremian positioned third. Armand Keosian from North Valley, California defended his triple leap title. Keosian and Philadelphia’s Mardirosian both jumped 37’, but the medal was as soon as once more awarded based mostly on the second greatest distances. Boston’s Kotikian was solely 2” behind them.

Philadelphia and Larger Boston swapped first and second places in the two relays. The Nejdehs gained the 4 x 100 meter race in 46.39, while the Sebouhs took the 4 x 400 in 4:21.75. Windfall took third place within the sprint relay, while New Jersey did so within the 4 x 400.  


Araz Madenlian (Orange County) leaps to win the triple bounce

High scorer Anoush Krafian dominated the ladies’s subject occasions and stayed undefeated in her five years of Olympics competition. Anoush began her day by profitable the shot put for her first time with a toss of 34’2”, over 5’ additional than Araz Madenlian from Orange County, California. Lauren Billeh gained the bronze for the host Ararat chapter. Krafian then broke her personal report within the long bounce with a leap of 17’5.5”. Defending champ Meline Almasian from North Andover settled for second and was less than 1” forward of Madenlian. Anoush completed her particular person events by profitable the high leap for the 5th straight yr by clearing 5’. Knar Topouzian from Detroit and Grace Ezgilioglu from New Jersey completed second and third as they did final yr. Madenlian accomplished her numerous medal assortment by profitable gold within the triple bounce at 32’3.5”. Jacqueline Fales (NJ) and Ani Dardarian (PHIL) have been over 4’ behind that distance. Gasia Oknayan from Detroit threw the discus 71’4” to win that event over Boston’s Taline Guzelian and defending champion Haigan Tcholakian, also from Detroit. Rookie Tsoline Gevorkian gained the only individual gold for her Middlesex West chapter in the baseball throw. Tsoline threw 178’9” to beat final yr’s winner Sena Changelian of Boston and Rebecca Selverian from Philly. Changelian got here again to win the javelin throwing 86’2” which was virtually 24’ better than her toss last yr. Knar, the youngest Krafian, took second over Sevan Dulgarian from Middlesex.

Melanie Sarafian (Detroit) sets a new report in the 50

The story on the monitor was Melanie Sarafian in the sprints. Sarafian started her day by breaking Andrea Nranian’s 40 year-old report in the 50 meter sprint. She was clocked in 6.41 to show the tables on Almasian, who had crushed her the past two years. Almasian’s teammate Meline Markarian was third. The same pair went 1-2 again within the 100 meters the place Sarafian recorded a time of 12.52. Chicago’s Mariana Alexanian took the bronze. Melanie took the 200 in 26.45 which was nicely forward of Knar Krafian and Alexanian in third as soon as again. The space occasions have been dominated by Boston’s Alexis Cormier. She took the 1600 in 6:31.0 over Tsoline Gevorkian and Jersey’s Shayna McCarthy. Cormier then gained the 800 with a time of two:54.zero with Aren Dardarian and Sevan Dulgarian trailing behind. Alexis’ triple gold effort was then damaged up by Knar Topouzian within the 400. Knar gained the event for the third yr in a row in 1:07.35 while Aren Dardarian took third. The primary monitor occasion of the afternoon was truly the hurdles where Knar Krafian and Anahis Kechejian went 1-2 for Larger Boston. Knar’s time was 16.57, about two seconds behind her sister’s document.

1600 medalists (L-R) Tsoline Gevorkian (Middlesex West), Alexis Cormier (Higher Boston), Shayna McCarthy (New Jersey)

The ladies’s relays have been battles between Larger Boston and Detroit. In both occasions, the Nejdeh group was made up of the four Krafian sisters—Anoush, Knar, Nairi and Araxi. Within the four x 100, this quartet brought the baton around in 54.90, nicely forward of Staff Okay-T and North Andover.  In accordance with this writer’s info, it marked the primary time in AYF historical past that a profitable relay was made up of 4 siblings. New Jersey’s Sarajian brothers ran a relay in 2012 however placed fourth. Nevertheless, in the 4 x 200 meter race, Detroit built up a 10 meter lead over the primary three legs and Melanie Sarafian was capable of maintain off a tough charging Anoush Krafian. The profitable time was 2:01.31 with Philadelphia properly behind these two. The ultimate event of the day was the 4 x 200 coed relay; Higher Boston broke their own chapter report with a time of 1:45.27, whereas Detroit and Philly took the other locations.

The profitable Larger Boston four x 100 Relay Group Krafian (L-R) Araxi, Nairi, Coach Ara, Anoush, Knar

Bob Tutunjian

Bob Tutunjian is President of Vivaproducts, a medical system company in Massachusetts. He has been actively involved with the AYF and the Olympics since 1967 and has written many articles overlaying this event.

Bob Tutunjian

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