Belen Jesuit Boys Record Best Finish 14th At Team Nationals

Congrats to the Belen Jesuit boys competing under the club name of Miami Havana on their 14th place finish with 347 points and a 37 second top 5 spread at the Team Nationals on Saturday in Portland, Oregon.

This was the second time that a Belen Jesuit squad has qualified for nationals while bettering their 20th place showing from their first team nationals appearance in 2011.

The 6-time defending 3A state champions were led by an 8th grader too in Marcelo Mantecon (68th, 15:58) with a stellar individual race. Mantecon was followed in by teammates junior Joshua Ruiz (99th, 16:14), sophomore Tiago Socarras (109th, 16:19), senior Matthew Calero (133rd, 16:33), junior Joseph Ruiz (137th, 16:35), junior Evan Torres (157th, 16:46), and senior Alec Torricella (195th, 17:45) into finish.

With 5 of these runners back for 2023 plus much more depth left at home in Miami, expect a strong push to finish well inside the top 10 nationally next year from Belen Jesuit.

Brayden Seymour, a FHSAA 4A state champion last spring in the 1600 meter run while formerly running for Hagerty High School in Oviedo, won a national team title in Portland on his new squad in Newbury Park after moving to California for his senior year while finishing 24th overall in the race as their team's #3 runner with a time of 15:25.