Montgomery County Championships
Abigail Green might have stolen the show with her third straight county title, but senior Janet Scott turned in a runner-up effort; performances like that make the Wildcats clear favorites heading into the 4A state meet. (Photo by Brandon Miles)
Walt Whitman Boys Pull Out A Close Win
Heading into Saturday's race at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg there was no favorite in either the boys individual or team competitions. Both played out as expected; the individual champion was only decided in the final quarter mile of the race, and five teams finished within 26 points of each other in the team scores. Coming out on top with 125 points were the Whitman boys, who used the tightest 1-5 spread (59 seconds) of any of the top five teams in the mix.
Abigail Green, Walter Johnson Girls Keep The Ball Rolling
The Walter Johnson girls cemented their status as one of the true dynasties in county history on Saturday by winning their fourth consecutive Montgomery County title. At the forefront was senior Abigail Green who won her third straight individual county title as well, dipping under 18 minutes in back-to-back years. Perhaps a bit more unexpected was the runner-up effort by senior Janet Scott, whose time of 18:44 was a personal best by nearly 25 seconds. With five girls coming in under 20 minutes the Wildcats once again look like the team to beat at the state championship in a few weeks.
The boys varsity race went down to the wire, with the lead pack staying together for well over two miles. (Photo by Brandon Miles)
Deepest Field In County Meet History?
The boys varsity race on Saturday saw an unprecedented nine boys crack the 16 minute mark, with a ridiculous 34 more under 17 minutes. On the same exact course in 2011, Quince Orchard's Evan Laratta won the boys' race with a time of 16:00.82; that time would have barely cracked the top ten at this year's race. One of the biggest surprised was Northwood junior Obsaa Feda hanging around in the lead until the final quarter mile and finishing in fourth; the performance puts him in the 4A state conversation along with Adam Nakasaka (second) and Mark Unger (third).