Chicago AYF Olympics Summary Results 2019

(Photo: Tamar Kanarian)

Here are the results of the 86th annual AYF Olympics that were held in Chicago this past Labor Day Weekend. These summary results include the Chapter point totals, the high scorers, Pentathlon, the four events in which records were broken. We congratulate the Greater Boston “Nejdeh” Chapter on their overall victory. Congratulations to all Chapters and participants for their efforts and fraternalism. A special thanks to the Chicago community for planning and delivering a world class experience.

Look for extensive AYF Olympic coverage in the AYF Olympic Special Issue which will accompany the September 28 issue of the Armenian Weekly. It will be 16 pages packed with articles and photos of this year’s festivities. As in previous years, we are asking for page sponsors to defray the costs of this Special Issue. A page sponsorship is $100. Sponsors can mail a check to the Hairenik Association (80 Bigelow Avenue, Watertown, Mass., 02472) or donate online.

Final Chapter Standings
1 Greater Boston 177
2 Philadelphia 130.5
3 Detroit 74
4 New Jersey 65
5 Providence 38
6 Chicago 33
7 North Andover 25
8 Middlesex West 24
9 Glendale (West) 22
10 Orange County (West) 10
11 Washington 8
12 Racine 6
13 North Valley (West) 5
14 Worcester 3
15 Manhattan 2
16 West San Fernando (West) 1.5

Most Improved: Middlesex West

Softball Winner: Western Region

High Scorers Chapter Event 1 Event 2 Event 3
Lily Kernaghan Providence 50 yd. Freestyle 50 yd. Backstroke 100 yd. Freestyle
Melanie Sarafian Detroit 50 m. Dash 100 m. Dash 200 m. Dash
Anoush Krafian Greater Boston Shot Put Long Jump High Jump
Shant Mahrokhian Greater Boston 100 m. Dash 200 m. Dash Long Jump
Aram Barmakian New Jersey 50 yd. Butterfly 100 yd. Freestyle 50 yd. Breaststroke

Women’s Pentathlon Winner: Lori Ganjian (Greater Boston), 1840 points

Men’s Pentathlon Winner: Aram Keshgegian (Philadelphia), 2334 points

Outstanding Records
Melanie Sarafian Detroit 50 m. Dash 6.41 (Old record 6.60 set 1979 by Andrea Nranian, Detroit)
Anoush Krafian Greater Boston Long Jump 17’5.5″ (Old record 17’3.25″ set 2015 by Anoush Krafian, Greater Boston)
Swimming Relay Detroit 200 yd. Co-Ed Relay 1:58.10 (Old record 2:10.16 set 2018 by Greater Boston)
Running Relay Greater Boston 200 m. Co-Ed Relay 1:45.27 (Old record 1:47.15 set 2015 by Greater Boston)

Ernest Nahigian Sportsmanship Award: Daron Hamparian (Greater Boston)

Mark Gavoor
Mark Gavoor is Associate Professor of Operations Management in the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University in Chicago. He is an avid blogger and oud player.
Bob Tutunjian

Bob Tutunjian

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