- Faces in the Crowd Evan Laratta


Courtesy of Seann Pelkey (Laratta)

Gaithersburg, Md. > Cross-Country

Evan, a senior and co-captain at Quince Orchard High, ran a 16:00.82 to win the Montgomery County Championship 5K at Gaithersburg Farm Park for a personal record and his first-ever major varsity win. He dedicated his race to his mother, Judy, who is fighting cancer that has spread to her bones. She watched from the finish line as Evan pulled away from the race leaders with about 1,000 meters left after he heard his coach yell out, "Do it for your mother," and won by nearly nine seconds.

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