PG County Girls XC Preview

Photo by John Roemer

In 2016, Flowers freshman Javon Watts ran away from her teammates Telicia Farmer and Dejah Grant to capture the Prince George's County individual title. The Jaguars went 1-2-3, capturing what would be the first of three consecutive titles behind Watts. In three years she has won three county and regional titles, and her sixth-place finish at last year's Howard County Invitational highlights her as a runner to watch at any race.

PG County Girls Preview: By The Numbers

Photo by Craig Amoss

The Roosevelt girls have two of the top ten returning runners from last year's county championship (the only other team beside Flowers). Along with Isabella Baker, who did not compete at the county meet but clocked a 22:46 5K earlier in the season - the Raiders have enough strength to make things interesting against Flowers this fall.

Photo by John Roemer

Other than winning the title for best picture while running up The Dip at Hereford, Erin Balma and fellow sophomore Amyra Turner both rank in the top ten in the county based on last year's 5K season best. Both qualified for the state meet last season, and if Suitland can field a full squad this fall, they could challenge for the second spot at the county meet. Balma was one of three Suitland girls to run 5:51 or faster in the 1600 this past spring

Photo by Harold Turk

Could the Flowers girls score 15 points at this year's county meet? It's not out of the question, especially as the depth behind senior leader Javon Watts has improved. The Deigh sisters, Manuela (above) and Manuelene, also provide senior leadership for Flowers, and the Jaguars feature seven of the top 15 returning runners by 5K season best.