The MoCoRunning Half-Decade Teams
1. Nora McUmber, B-CC 2015High 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 2014High 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.
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...
|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
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
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
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 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.
|MoCo Girls Cross Country Divisions Final|
|MoCo Boys Cross Country Divisions Final|
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.
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.
|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 ProfileHigh 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 2011High 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.