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January 24 Updates

The Bullis girls continue to rewrite Mocorunning's record books at the Kevin Dare Invitational with a 1:40.67 4x200, 3:59.16 4x400, 24.79 200m by Kyla Lewis, and 57.42 400m by freshman Masai Russell. But hold up...the Bullis boys just dropped the fastest indoor 4x200 (1:31.72) by a Montgomery County team since 2008 with three freshman! Freshmen Bryce Watson and Eric Allen recorded open 200m times of 22.71 and 22.88, respectively. Bullis boys are taking over Mocorunning's "Since 2006" Indoor Freshman Leaderboard

At the Last Track to Philly, the Walter Johnson girls dropped the fastest DMR (12:31.42) indoors or outdoors by a Montgomery County team since 2008. Good Counsel girls clocked the fastest indoor SMR (4:19.99) by a Montgomery County team since 2011 and second fastest since Mocorunning's creation in 2006. The Northwest boys became the fastest Montgomery County indoor SMR (3:38.67) since 2010 and indoor DMR (10:42.53) since 2011. Montgomery County hurdling extroadinaire Shyheim Wright triple jumped a county-leading mark of 45-03.25.

Alexus Pyles of Clarksburg took third place in 8.18 55m hurdles at the New Balance Games in New York City



Montgomey County Championship Table of Winners

Event Name, School Result Name, School Result
55m Dash Jaron Woodyard, Wootton 6.54 Stephanie Davis, Magruder 7.20
55m Hurdles Shyheim Wright, Northwest 7.52, 7.50q Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg 8.22
300m Jalen Walker, Northwest 35.35 Stephanie Davis, Magruder 40.20
500m Oliver Lloyd, Paint Branch 1:07.23 Sarah Moore, Blake 1:17.16
800m Diego Zarate, Northwest 1:57.72 R Gaby Go, Northwest 2:22.92
1600m Diego Zarate, Northwest 4:20.09 R Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson 5:16.46
3200m Amir Khaghani, Whitman 9:34.8 Bethlehem Taye, Paint Branch 11:20.1
4x200 Northwest 1:32.81 Paint Branch 1:46.27
4x400 Northwest 3:33.64 Watkins Mill 4:07.77
4x800 Paint Branch 8:14.72 Walter Johnson 9:47.69
High Jump Aaron Beidleman, Northwest 6-00 Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg 5-04
Long Jump Justin Leonard, R. Montgomery 21-02.50 Leondra Correia, Northwest 18-01
Triple Jump Dorian Jones, Quince Orchard 43-09.75 Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg 37-09.50
Shot Put Noah Vernick, Quince Orchard 52-03 Justina Ababio, Clarksburg 35-00.75

Boys School Points Girls School Points
1. Northwest 116 1. Clarksburg 100
2. Quince Orchard 85 2. Northwest 74
3. Paint Branch 66.50 3. Paint Branch 43
4. Richard Montgomery 39 4. Walter Johnson 42
5. Watkins Mill 26 5. Churchill 39



Northwest boys team broke indoor county meet record for most points, 116

Alexus Pyles led Clarksburg to team county title with three individual victories and two personal bests. 8.22 in the 55m hurdles missed meet record by 0.01 seconds.

Northwest's Diego Zarate broke county meet records in the 800m (1:57.72) and 1600m (4:20.09)

The girls 4x200 was the race of the day, with Paint Branch edging out Blake 1:46.27 to 1:46.37


Indoor County Championship Pre-Meet Poll Results   Prediction Competition Results


Bulldogs Burnin' Up Track at Montgomery Invitational
Bullis School's 1:42.37 4x200 and 3:59.52 4x400m are among best in meet history
Kyla Lewis (photo below) is new county leader in 55m (7.26)



As of 1/3/2015, Blake's Martha Sam leads Montgomery County this year in the 55m (7.28), 300m (40.59), and 500m (1:15.89). The 1:15.89 500m was recorded on December 6 at an invitational in Hampton, Virginia. One month later it remains the #1 time in the United States according to Milesplit on 1/4/15. Additionally, Blake's 4:02.21 4x400 is likely the fastest time ever recorded by a MoCo team in the month of December.

Across the Bay: Long Leaps and Fast Miles at UMES Invitational. US #1 8.03 60m hurdles by Northwest's Shyheim Wright. 18-03.25 and 22-02.00 long jumps by Northwest's Leondra Correia and Josh Netterville. 5:14.42 and 4:23.88 miles by Churchill's Lucy Srour and Northwest's Diego Zarate.

2015 is Here: Northwest Boys Team to Beat


A look back at three MCPS meets in December reveals the Northwest boys team looks virtually unbeatable compared to the rest. Shyheim Wright, Jalen Walker, Diego Zarate, and Aaron Biedleman have racked up ten individual victories in their respective specialties, and a strong supporting cast has lifted Northwest to an average margin of victory of 28 points over second place in three MCPS meets.

Two of the most notable individual performances to date include the 7.73 55m hurdles by Wright and 1:58.16 800m by Zarate, 5th and 7th respectively on Mocorunning's "Since 2006" Indoor Leaderboard.




Bullis is Back

Despite losing 2 of its top 4 sprinters to graduation, Bullis is back where it left off last year after 1:44.06 4x200 and 4:02.44 flat track victories at the FIT Invitational. It's only December.

Bullis became the first school to hit Mocorunning's new Relays to Watch Standards with a 1:44.70 4x200 at the Bishop Loughlin Games. Lisa-Anne Barrow of Holton Arms improved Montgomery County's all-time best indoor long jump mark to 18-07 at the Bishop Loughlin Games





Alexus Pyles Interview

Alexus Pyles is a two-time state champion and five-time county champion after just two years of high school. She enters her junior year as Montgomery County's top returning athlete in the 55-meter hurdles (8.28), 100-meter hurdles (14.47), and 300-meter hurdles (45.24). The new season started with a bang as she immediately set personal records in the triple jump (37-02.50) and high jump (5-06.00) at MCPS Meet #2. She won four events at last year's indoor county championship, leading Clarksburg to the indoor team county title, and also posted outstanding marks in the Heptathlon at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, The Potomac Valley Association Junior Olympics and the USATF JO's in Texas. Read on to learn about how she got her start at a young age and continues to improve through dedication and hard work.



Via pressboxdc.com, Northwest's Diego Zarate reveals that he aspires to a sub-4 minute mile this year, as most elite high school boys do. His hot start this indoor season certainly has everyone wondering how fast he can go. Do you know that he is Montgomery County's 13th all-time greatest miler after his junior year?


The MoCoRunning Half-Decade Teams
The top Montgomery County XC athletes between 2010 and 2014 according to Montgomery County Coaches

MoCoRunning Girls Half-Decade Team           MoCoRunning Boys Half-Decade Team

1. Nora McUmber, B-CC 2015

High School Personal Bests: 17:34.3 5k (NXN Southeast)

Medal Count: 3 County, 2 Region, 1 State, 1 NXN Region

Notes: Was voted unanimously by 20 coaches as Montgomery County's top XC athlete from 2010 to 2014. Won three consecutive county titles, a state title, and the NXN Southeast Region title. Ran personal best 17:34.3 in winning the NXN Southeast Region, the fastest 5k time by a Montgomery County athlete in 19 years. Finished 48th at Nike Cross Nationals. Holds county championship course record (Bohrer Park format) at 18:09. Held Mocorunning's #1 ranking for a record 16 weeks (non-consecutive) over three seasons.

1. Chase Weaverling, Poolesville 2014

High School Personal Bests: 15:22.1 5k (Brunswick), 15:02.9 3M (Keyser)

Medal Count: 2 County, 1 Region, 1 State

Notes: Won 2 county titles and a state title, first Montgomery County male athlete to do so since 1998. Holds county championship course record (Bohrer Park format) at 15:24.99 and largest margin of victory with a 28 second win. Won 10 of first 11 races in 2013 with only loss in runner-up effort at Oatlands in 15:28. Ran personal best 15:22.1 5k at Brunswick Invitational. Won 2A state title by 30 seconds. Finished 11th, just 0.3 seconds behind the 10th place finisher at Footlocker Northeast in 2013. Held Mocorunning's #1 XC ranking for the duration of the 2013 XC season. Competes for the University of Virginia.




Runwashington.com Coverage:     Wavering Fights to Tight Finish     Woods, McUmber, WJ Girls Win


B-CC's Nora McUmber secured the final missing piece of her legendary high school cross country career, the 4A XC state title.

After losing the county title by a split-second and letting Diego Zarate get away at regionals, Whitman's Evan Woods won the 4A state title.

Good Counsel's Jack Wavering became the first Montgomery County athlete to win the DC-MD state title since 2005 (Steven Duplinsky)



Walter Johnson Girls Are Back-to-Back 4A State Champions

Good Counsel Boys Are Back-to-Back DC-MD State Champions

B-CC Girls Are 4A State Runners-Up
(Photo by Julie Billingsley)

Einstein Girls Are 3A State Runners-Up


The St. Andrew's Episcopal Girls Won the DC-MD Small Schools State Title




Nora McUmber Interview

If you've had the chance to watch any championship-style race in MoCo over the past four years, the chances are that B-CC's Nora McUmber has been at the front of the pack. In XC, she's a three-time county champion and she won the 2013 NXN Southeast Region Meet. However, Nora's not all about the dirt - she also holds two 4A state titles in track at 1600m and 3200m. With states on the horizon, Nora is poised to close out the postseason with a bang. Based off her county meet performance, it's not unreasonable to think that she will walk away from her senior year with another state title to her name. Is a return to NXN in the cards? Read on to find out what makes Nora tick...




MoCoRunning's Individual XC Rankings - 11/09/2014

Boys Week 10 Ranking 11/09/2014
1. Diego Zarate, Northwest 2015
2. Evan Woods, Whitman 2015
3. Michael Abebe, Northwood 2016
4. Rohann Asfaw, R. Montgomery 2017
5. Amir Khaghani, Whitman 2015
6. Patrick Munro, Wootton 2015
7. William Kirk, Rockville 2015
8. Lorenzo Neil, Paint Branch 2015
9. Binyam Tadesse, Kennedy 2015
10. Jack Wavering, Good Counsel 2016
Girls Week 10 Ranking 11/09/2014
1. Nora McUmber, B-CC 2015
2. Abbey Green, Walter Johnson 2018
3. Lucy Srour, Churchill 2015
4. Lucie Noall, Clarksburg 2015
5. Emily Murphy, Walter Johnson 2016
6. Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson 2015
7. Grace Dellapa, Wootton 2016
8. Amanda Hayes-Puttfarken, Sherwood 2016
9. Claudia Wendt, Good Counsel 2018
10. Katriane Kirsch, Walter Johnson 2017


MoCoRunning's Independent School XC Rankings - 11/09/2014

1. Jack Wavering, Good Counsel 2016
2. Kevin McGivern, Good Counsel 2016
3. Jimmy Vazzana, Good Counsel 2017
4. Jonah Smith, The Heights 2015
5. George Drewyer, Good Counsel 2017
6. Jack Chlopak, Landon 2017
7. Matt Lopez, Good Counsel 2016
8. Jeff Moxley, Good Counsel 2016
9. Jeremiah Melton, Good Counsel 2016
10. Harry Wandersman, Jewish Day 2015
1. Claudia Wendt, Good Counsel 2018
2. Michaela Peterson, Holy Cross 2017
3. Genevieve DiBari, Stone Ridge 2018
4. Megan Crilly, Good Counsel 2016
5. Isabel Barnidge, Stone Ridge 2018
6. Maggie Ralston, Good Counsel 2018
7. Elizabeth Kaniecki, Good Counsel 2016
8. Delia Launi, Good Counsel 2016
9. MacKenzie Kynoch, St. Andrews 2015
10. Julia Pitts, Holy Cross 2016




Holy Cross (girls) and Landon (boys) Claim Team County Titles


Michaela Peterson of Holy Cross dominated the Montgomery County Independent Schools Championship, winning by 43 seconds in 20:47.56

In a tight race, Landon's Jack Chlopak out-kicked Jonah Smith of the Heights to claim the Montgomery County Independent Schools title in 17:37.43




29 Teams Qualify for States


Walter Johnson's talented freshman Abbey Green shocked the field to win the 4A West Region in 18:17.53.

Northwest's Diego Zarate left no doubt in this one, leading wire-to-wire and finishing with no one in sight in 15:26.11.


The Montgomery County Champion Walter Johnson girls and Whitman boys won 4A West titles. Girls state qualifiers: Walter Johnson, B-CC, Churchill, Clarksburg, Whitman, Richard Montgomery, Quince Orchard. Boys state qualifiers: Whitman, Wootton, Churchill, Walter Johnson, Northwest, B-CC, Richard Montgomery.

In the 4A North, Sherwood, Blake, and Paint Branch girls teams qualified for states. Paint Branch, Sherwood and Blake boys teams qualified for states.

Out of the 3A West, the Einstein boys and girls swept regional titles. Girls state qualifiers from MoCo: Einstein, Northwood, Damascus. Boys state qualifiers from MoCo: Einstein, Rockville, Wheaton, Northwood.

In 2A West action, the Poolesville boys and girls qualified for states.



Three-peat For McUmber and a Photo Finish for Zarate, Woods


The 2011 county champ Lucy Srour of Churchill pushed the defending champ for 3/4 of the race, but B-CC's Nora McUmber turned on another gear in the final half mile to win her third consecutive XC county title in 18:12.45.

With multiple lead changes, Northwest's Diego Zarate and Whitman's Evan Woods created one of the most exciting races in Montgomery County championship history. Woods closed the gap at the last possible moment, but the finish line judge determined that Zarate's lean in 15:48 secured the win in a split-second victory.


The Whitman boys claim 11th county title since 1988 but just first since 1999. Walter Johnson girls grab 7th county title in last 14 years. Updated List of Montgomery County Champions

Mocorunning Pre-Meet Poll Results - The Girls, The Boys
Mocorunning's County Championship Projections



MoCo Girls Cross Country Divisions Final

Walter Johnson

5-0

B-CC

4-1

R. Montgomery

3-2

Whitman

2-3

Wootton

1-4

Poolesville

0-5

Churchill

5-0

Einstein

4-1

Northwest

3-2

Sherwood

2-3

Clarksburg

1-4

Q. Orchard

0-5

Blake

5-0

Blair

4-1

Paint Branch

3-2

Gaithersburg

2-3

Northwood

1-4

Springbrook

0-5

Damascus

6-0

Magruder

5-1

Watkins Mill

4-2

Seneca Valley

3-3

Rockville

2-4

Wheaton

1-5

Kennedy

0-6

MoCo Boys Cross Country Divisions Final

Whitman

5-0

Wootton

4-1

Walter Johnson

3-2

B-CC

2-3

R. Montgomery

1-4

Poolesville

0-5

Churchill

4-1*

Q. Orchard

4-1

Northwest

4-1

Einstein

2-3

Sherwood

1-4

Clarksburg

0-5

Paint Branch

5-0

Blake

3-2

Springbrook

3-2

Northwood

2-3

Blair

2-3

Gaithersburg

0-5

Rockville

6-0

Wheaton

5-1

Damascus

4-2

Magruder

3-3

Seneca Valley

2-4

Kennedy

1-5

Watkins Mill

0-6


*Churchill boys win Division II on Tiebreaker. WC 109. QO 115. NW 124.

  • In the event of a tie, the team that has defeated the other team(s) with which it is tied will be the champion.
  • If there is still a tie, then the tie will be broken by the lowest combined points scored in division meets.
  • If a tie still remains, the largest combined margin of victory among the teams that are tied will be used.



    MoCoRunning's Preseason Poll Results - The Girls

    71 fans voted for the top ten female individuals and top ten girls teams in Mocorunning's preseason poll. Follow the link to see which teams and athletes are the consensus fan favorites.

    Pictured right: It's hard to imagine a runaway winner on the girls' side with such a strong field in 2014, but B-CC's Nora McUmber's achievements merit her top ranking. Her ridiculous 17:34.30 5k at the NXN Southeast meet speaks for itself.

    MoCoRunning's Preseason Poll Results - The Boys

    80 fans voted for the top ten male individuals and top ten boys teams in Mocorunning's preseason poll. Follow the link to see which teams and athletes are the consensus fan favorites.

    Pictured left: Diego Zarate returns with the second fastest 5k time in the county. He edges out Whitman's Evan Woods in the poll on the strength of a fantastic track season in which he captured the 4A 1600m state title in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

    MoCoRunning's Preseason XC Tour 2014




    MoCoRunning selects new "Relays to Watch" Standards


    The MoCoRunning Half-Decade Teams
    The top Montgomery County T&F athletes between 2010 and 2014 according to Montgomery County Coaches

    MoCoRunning Girls Half-Decade Team           MoCoRunning Boys Half-Decade Team

    Boys Top 10 Leaderboards All Events 2010-2014
    Girls Top 10 Leaderboards All Events 2010-2014
    List of County Champions All Events 2010-2014(250 Titles won by 135 Individuals)
    List of Regional Champions All Events 2010-2014(341 Titles won by 182 Individuals)
    List of State Champions All Events 2010-2014(123 Titles won by 70 Individuals)
    List of Private School Champions All Events 2010-2014(105 Titles won by 60 Individuals)


    #1. Olivia Ekponé, Northwest 2011; Wootton Profile

    High School Personal Bests: 6.96 55m, 7.46 60m, 11.58 100m, 23.64 200m, 39.05 300m, 53.15 400m

    Medal Count: 20 County, 19 Region, 14 State

    Notes: Ranks #1 All-Time in Montgomery County in the 55m, 60m, 100m, 200m, and 400m. Holds four of top seven 400m times ever recorded at the Maryland State Championship Meet including the state record. Won 14 individual state titles and 6 relay state titles. Holds 4x400m state meet record. Was 7-time individual high school All-American. Competes for Texas A&M where she was recently named SEC Runner of the Year for sweeping conference titles in the 100m (11.11) and 200m (22.23). Is the second fastest US collegiate woman of all time at 200 meters.

    #1. Sean Sutton, Good Counsel 2011

    High School Personal Bests: 6.61 55m, 10.98 100m, 21.70 200m, 34.35 300m, 47.63 400m

    Medal Count: 3 WCAC, 1 National

    Notes: Won 400m at New Balance Indoor Nationals. Likely ranks #1 all-time in Montgomery County in the indoor 200m, 300m, and 400m. High school PR 47.63 400m was recorded indoors and is best by a Montgomery County athlete indoors or outdoors since 1991. Competes for UNC where he is ACC champion in the 400m and has personal best times of 21.51 and 46.81.


    2013-2014 School Year Front Page Summary

  • Recent Results
    DateMeet
    2015-01-30Virginia Tech Invite Day 1
    2015-01-24Last Track to Philly
    2015-01-24Kevin Dare Invitational
    2015-01-24New Balance Games
    2015-01-20MoCo Championship
    2015-01-10Montgomery Invitational
    2015-01-10Flames Invitational
    2015-01-03UMES HS Invitational
    2015-01-03Southern MD Classic
    2014-12-30MCPS Meet #3
    Upcoming Events
    DateMeet
    2015-02-054A West Regional
    2015-02-053A West Regional
    2015-02-07Private School Invitational
    2015-02-072A West Regional
    2015-02-14Hoxton Invitational
    2015-02-162A State Championship
    2015-02-161A State Championship
    2015-02-174A State Championship
    2015-02-173A State Championship
    2015-02-20Jesuit Invitational


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