Mocorunning's All-Time Rankings updated after New Balance Nationals: Boys | Girls
Day 3: Darnell Pratt of OLGC clocked all-time Montgomery County record, 20.94 200m Ty Mason of Blake HS earned All-American with new PR 23-10.25 Bullis girls earned All-American in 4x1 (46.69) and 4x4 (3:44.54) Paint Branch girls DMR won EE (12:01.32) and clocked 4:11.84 SMR & 3:56.96 4x400
Day 2: Taylor Wright Won Second National Title - 38-03.50 Freshman TJ Bullis girls, Northwest boys clocked MoCo #2 All-Time 4x1's - 46.76 & 41.98 Shyheim Wright clocked 13.93 in 110m hurdles but appeared to injure himself in 4x1 relay prior to hurdle finals Jabari Bennett of Blake - 56-10.75 Shot Put - 3rd Emerging Elite
Northwest's Shyheim Wright threw down the fastest 300m hurdles ever recorded by a Montgomery County athlete - 37.36 - at the 4A West Regional Meet, but as you can see from the photo above, Wright didn't even lead for most of the race! Andrew Daniels set the table with a hard first 200 meters. Wright crushed the final 50 meters to break the all-time Montgomery County record while Daniels recorded a MoCo top-5 all-time performance from any meet in history with a time of 38.06.
Jack Wavering of Good Counsel High School is fresh off his 11th place performance at the Penn Relays 3k where he ran a time of 8:29.73 (similar to a 9:07 3200m). He has been absolutely on fire since cross country season when he won his second consecutive WCAC title and ran a 15:22.3 5k at NXN Southeast. Indoors, he ran a 4:23.33 1600m at Virginia Tech and a 9:13.52 two mile at New Balance Indoor Nationals. In this interview, the future Virginia Tech Hokie describes some of his best races, favorite places to run, and hardest workouts.
Penn Relays Live Results Saturday Bullis boys set all-time Montgomery County record in boys 4x1 - 41.46 Good Counsel recorded top-10 all-time Montgomery Co. perf. in boys 4x4 - 3:19.53 Daniels of Northwest ran 55.45 in 400mH, 3rd best by MoCo athlete in last 15 years Friday Bullis boys clocked #2 all-time Montgomery County boys 4x100 - 42.16 Bullis girls took 5th in 4x4 Championship of America (3:46.31), 3rd in small school 4x1 (47.50) Bennett of Blake improved personal best and county lead in shot put to 54-01 Wavering of Good Counsel clocked 8:29.73 (11th) in 3k. Asfaw of RM 8:50.15 Thursday Bullis topped all comers in girls 4x4 (3:46.31) heading into Championship of America Damascus girls broke school records and set MCPS-leading relay times of 4:00.07/9:31.95 Paint Branch girls recorded 12:18.37 in DMR with 5:04 anchor split by Taye Bullis 47.89 girls 4x100; Northwest 48.99 Abigail Green of WJ 9:59.99 in 3k
In January, she broke a twenty-year-old indoor county championship meet record in the 3200m (10:53.70), and in March she won her section of the two mile at New Balance Indoor Nationals in 10:35.04 which ranks her among the top three Montgomery County runners all-time in that event. In four days she will anchor the first Montgomery County girls team to compete in the Penn Relays DMR since 2008 (she split 5:06 in the 1600m to help her team qualify). As we are expecting many more exciting accomplishments in the coming weeks, Mocorunning checks in with two-time 3200m state champion Bethlehem Taye of Paint Branch High School.
The boisterous and beloved Montgomery County coach of more than 20 years passed away suddenly due to a heart attack on the weekend of the outdoor state championship meet in 2014. Fittingly, one of Vollmer's last cross country pupils, Andrew Lent of Poolesville, won the 1600-meter race that was named in Jim's honor.
Hometown jumping star Donovan Beckett-Simms of Seneca Valley doubled in long/triple jump Bullis hurdlers Alexis Postell and Eric Allen recorded 14.51 and 14.55 respectively Damascus girls dropped a 9:44 4x800 Churchill boys nipped Blair in 4x800, 8:18.42 to 8:18.50 Good Counsel swept boys & girls 1600's with Jack Wavering and Megan Crilly
Donovan Beckett-Simms is a triple jump and long jump specialist from Seneca Valley who this season broke the indoor county championship meet record in the triple jump with a mark of 45-09.00. It was the top indoor triple jump performance by a Montgomery County athlete in at least a decade. While the Maryland state meet does not contest the triple jump, he will compete at New Balance Nationals and carry his momentum into the outdoor season where he hopes that he can improve to become one of Montgomery County's all-time greatest jumpers. Read on to get to know Donovan Beckett-Simms.
Not only is he Montgomery County's best-ever indoor hurdler, but he has also risen to the top of the county in both the sprints and jumps. He has been a member of a Northwest boys team that is seeking its third straight indoor title this year. Here's Mocorunning with Northwest's own Shyheim Wright.
Masai Russell of Bullis clocked 1:13.72 500m, an all-time Montgomery County record. Shyheim Wright of Northwest lowered season best 55-meter hurdles to 7.39, a new meet record.
Mocorunning is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Fred Joyce, a true Montgomery County coaching legend. Just this past year, Joyce was inducted into the Gaithersburg High School Athletics Hall of Fame for his coaching contributions to football and track & field between 1964 and 2010. He coached seven state championship track teams and four state finalists (runners-up). He coached all aspects of track but specialized in field events and throwing events in particular. In the jumps and throws alone, he coached more than 40 individual state champions. In 2009, he was voted by his peers as a Mocorunning.com coach of the decade, but it just as easily could have been called a lifetime achievement recognition. He is also in the Maryland High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. This Article was published on Mocorunning in 2007 when Joyce stepped away from teaching physical education and away from a leading roll with the track team, but he continued to volunteer his expertise for a number of years. Joyce's coaching career influenced an enormous number of people, and indeed his coaching influenced the creator of this website. May he rest in peace and always be remembered as one of the greats.
Giant leaps from Ty Mason of Blake (22-06.25 LJ) and Donovan Beckett-Simms of Seneca Valley (45-01.00 TJ) are among the best ever indoors in Montgomery County. Mason's long jump was the best in at least a decade by a MoCo junior. Einstein's Ciciely Davy recorded the fastest 3200m (11:10.2) in MoCo in the month of December in at least 20 years. Fast 4x200 relays by Northwest boys (1:32.83) and Clarksburg girls (1:46.22) concluded the meet.
Many of the expected top returning athletes were in action including Shyheim Wright of Northwest in the 55-meter hurdles (7.49) and Alexus Pyles in the triple jump (38-01) and 55m (7.3h). Wright's hurdle time is the best mark in MoCo in 16 years (excluding his own marks from last year).
Other big marks included 17-07.00 Long Jump from Cierra Pyles (Clarksburg), 36-03.75 Shot Put from Anelle Tarke (Gaithersburg), 6.3h 55m and 21-02.75 LJ from Josh Netterville (Northwest), 1:08.7 500m from William Ryba (Whitman), and 4:33.7 1600m from Liam Walsh (QO).
Good Counsel placed fifth with five guys under 16:16! Probably the best MoCo team performance ever.
RM's Rohann Asfaw missed qualifying for nationals by one spot: sixth in 15:21.1, #5 fastest MoCo 5k of past decade.
Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye took home 5k PR: 18:08.1, #8 fastest MoCo 5k of past decade.
Walter Johnson girls took 8th in championship race, five positions better than last year.
Footlocker Northeast Highlights:
Poolesville freshman Nandini Satsangi was 49th in 19:40.6 in championship race
Blake's James Newport took 98th in 17:12.4 in championship race
~Part of an ongoing effort to put the history of the sport online~
Pascal Dobert of Whitman (pictured left) and Sally Glynn of Walter Johnson (pictured right) qualified for cross country nationals in the 90's, setting them apart from all the rest. Read on to learn more about MoCo cross country in the 1990's.
Northwood's Michael Abebe and Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye are heavily favored. Can they be toppled on Northwood's challenging course?
Northwood will recognize the 40th anniversary of the first girls cross country state championship meet in Maryland
which took place in 1975. Northwood won that first girls state title with 73 points by taking
three of the first four positions. The first individual female state champion was Mary Walsh of Northwood who completed the 2.5 mile
course at the Naval Academy in 15:07, a victory by 53 seconds over the second place runner. The coach of that team was Dan Reeks, who
remains a track and cross country coach in Montgomery County to this day.