By Jean DePlacido
---- — Josh Beloff is having a fantastic spring track season and is a major reason why the Marblehead High boys are the Northeastern Conference South champions this spring.
The senior captain, who received a track scholarship to Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, is undefeated in five different events for the 7-0 Magicians as he and his teammates get ready for tomorrow’s NEC outdoor championships in Lynn.
“What surprised me the most about our season is seeing a 2-5 winter track team go 7-0 outdoors,” said Beloff, who also captained the Magicians’ indoor track team as well as the soccer team. “It’s a great feeling to get those results. It is a privilege for me to work with these guys and be their captain.”
A versatile, multi-talented athlete, Beloff was a Salem News indoor track all-star this past winter, competing in the 300 meters, long jump, high jump and relay, going unbeaten in the 300. He broke his own school record in the 300 (set last year) in a time of 36.56 seconds. He finished third at the Division 3 state meet in both the 300 and long jump, and anchored the 4x200 relay team that went on to place 29th at the New Balance Nationals.
“He has been terrific for us, and I’m going to miss him next year both from an athletic standpoint and a personal one,” said Marblehead coach Brian Crowley.
“Josh is really a great kid. He hasn’t been beaten in the triple jump, 100, 200, long jump or as a key member of our 4x100 relay. He’s been scoring 20 points a meet for us and was a big reason why we won the championship.”
Beloff won the 200 (22.4 seconds), triple jump (41 feet 5 inches), long jump (20 feet) and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team in the Magicians’ big meet with Gloucester, which wrapped up the conference title.
Last weekend he placed second in the long jump at the State Coaches Invitational (20-11).
“I think the triple jump is his best event,” said Crowley. “He is a great captain and is like a cheerleader the way he inspires everybody. He does it mainly by his actions, and the kids respect him.”
Beloff did not go out for indoor track as a freshman, but began his outdoor career the following spring and has done both winter and spring track ever since. He thinks his best event is the 200, but says the triple jump is his favorite.
Because he is so versatile, Beloff will compete in the state decathlon at the end of the year.
“Soccer is my favorite sport, but from now on I’ll be pursuing track,” Beloff, a center midfielder on the pitch, said. “I love soccer and have been playing since I was four. I’ll probably play intramural in college if that’s all right with my track coaches.”
Owner of 3.3 grade point average, Beloff is currently doing an internship with the Salem Police Department and plans to major in criminal justice. He has his goals firmly established both for career plans and the rest of the track season.
“In Marblehead we have a senior project that involves an internship during the month of May,” Beloff said. “I’m working in the detectives’ office, and it’s very interesting. I’ve learned a lot. (Athletically) we’ve still got the big track meets ahead, and I would like to make it to All-States and New Englands.
“I’m hoping our 4x100 relay team can qualify for the outdoor nationals in North Carolina. This winter was my first time going to New York, and my first time running in the Armory on that great track, which has so much history. Nothing would be better than to end my high school career than by going to nationals.”