Collegiate Running Clubs - By Jordan Psaltakis
Maryland Indoor State Championship Highlights
Northwest Boys Win 4A State Title
The Richard Montgomery Boys 4x800 Relay won a tight 4A race over Paint Branch and QO: 8:05.59 to 8:06.41 to 8:07.77
The Paint Branch girls won the 4A 4x200 and 4x400 relays in 1:43.91 and 4:03.12. The 4x2 was the best by an MCPS team indoors since 2010.
Alexus Pyles of Clarksburg followed up her 4 county titles and 2 region titles with her first state title (8.32 55m hurdles)
Kennedy's Devon Hairston wrapped up the finest indoor season by a MoCo hurdler in over a decade with a runner-up performance in the 55-meter hurdles (7.62)
|Two milers emerged as 4A state champions with tremendous kicks. Kiernan Keller of WJ kicked to 5:07.39 while Diego Zarate of Northwest pulled away to win in 4:21.83. ||Austin Castleberry helped Northwest to the team state title by clearing 6-02 to win the 4A high jump individual state title |
|MoCo swept the 4A shot put state titles between Clarksburg's Claudia Ababio (43-01.25) and Paint Branch's Devonte Johnson (50-07)||Speedsters Bethany White, Magruder (7.07 55m) and Martha Sam, Blake (40.01 300m) captured first individual 4A state titles|
Einstein and Watkins Mill went 1-2 in the 3A girls 4x800, 10:05.88 to 10:06.17
Whitman girls won 4A 4x800 in 9:39.16 behind individual 800m state champion, Clare Severe (2:18.83)
9:29.76 3200m, 2A state record for Poolesville's Chase Weaverling
Photo by Craig Amoss
9:46.17 4x800, 2A state title for Poolesville girls
Photo by Craig Amoss
Virginia Tech Invitational Highlights
Devon Hairston of JFK won the 55-meter hurdles at the prestigious Virginia Tech Invitational in 7.51.
An elite sprinter from Georgia, senior transfer Simone Glenn led the Bullis girls to an all-out assault on Mocorunning's all-time leaderboards. Glenn replaced Olivia Ekpone at the top of Mocorunning's 300m leaderboard with a time of 38.82. Also at Virginia Tech, the Bullis 4x2 and 4x4 relays clocked 1:43.00 and 3:59.15.
With a shot put PR of 43-05.50, the indoor county meet record at 42-06, and the outdoor county meet record at 40-00, Clarksburg's Claudia Ababio is the greatest Montgomery County has ever seen.
Clarksburg girls and Paint Branch boys take home team titles
Clarksburg's Claudia Ababio earns meet record in shot put with mark of 42-06
Paint Branch runs meet record boys 4x400 relay in 3:29.89
Clarksburg's Alexus Pyles wins four events with three PR's. 55m hurdles (8.28, PR), HJ (5-02), LJ (17-04.25, PR), and TJ (36-05, PR)
Kennedy's Devon Hairston clocks 7.50, fastest automatic 55-meter hurdle time ever at the MoCo Championship (meet record is 7.2h) and fastest by any MoCo athlete in any meet since 1998. The meet record holder, Matt McGuire, ran 7.2h at the county meet and won the state title in 7.50 (FAT) in 1998.
Wootton's Urgy Eado wins 800m in 1:58.42, 0.31 shy of meet record and fastest time by MCPS athlete in any indoor meet since 2010.
Churchill's Lucy Srour wins twice in the 800m/1600m (2:21.89/5:13.99), first girl to do so at a MoCo Championship Meet indoors or outdoors since the 2005 outdoor meet.
More Indoor Track 2014: Clarksburg's Claudia Ababio throws 43-05.50, top indoor/outdoor SP mark in at least 20 years
Kennedy's Devon Hairston clocks fastest MoCo 55-meter hurdle time since 1998 - 7.50
Good Counsel girls ran 4:20.80 SMR, fastest by MoCo team indoors since 2011
SV's Tyatianna Johnson is top five in LJ and TJ on MoCoRunning's all-time indoor leaderboard
Northwest boys run fastest MoCo indoor SMR since 2010 - 3:41.28
Montgomery Blair's Wynston Reed is first MoCo athlete to clear 6-03 indoors since 2010
Clarksburg's Carlos Vanzego triple jumps 45-09, top indoor mark in MoCoRunning's history (since Dec. '05)
Mocorunning's All-Time Indoor Leaderboard (since 2005/06): Boys Girls
B-CC's Nora McUmber finished 48th at NXN in 18:23
B-CC Coach Chad Young on 2013 NXN Trip to Portland, Oregon: "I think the trip to compete at NXN was a great way for Nora to celebrate her successful season. She seemed to have such a good time socializing with the other high school runners and professional runners. This was her first time running against such elite high school competition and I thought it was a great experience for her. I am so proud of the way she competed and of her journey to earn a spot at this meet."
Jessie Rubin, Wootton Class of 2010; 2009 MD State Champ and NXN Qualifier: "Cold weather, mud, and hay bales aside- the toughest part about the NXN course is the competition itself, which brings mental toughness to a whole new level. You go from leading and controlling races to being lost in the frenzied mix of runners who are just as good as or better than you. Nora handled this adverse situation in stride. I’m so proud of her and all of her accomplishments this cross country season and am excited to see what she will do on the track!"
B-CC's Nora McUmber is the NXN Southeast Regional Champion: 17:34.3
(First Ever Regional Champion From Maryland, Third All-Time NXN Qualifier From MoCo)
The NXN Southeast regional has been hosted in Cary, North Carolina since 2008. After Nora McUmber scored the first ever NXN regional victory for a Maryland athlete, it's worth taking a look back at Maryland's top ten finishers in the last six years. Did you know that twice as many Maryland girls finished in the top ten this year than in the previous five years combined?
Year Place Name M/F School Time Qualified?
2013 1 Nora McUmber F Bethesda-CC 17:34.3 Qualified
2013 2 Ellie Gonzalez F Catholic 17:47.0 Qualified
2013 5 Isabel Griffith F Dulaney 17:49.8 Qualified
2009 7 Jessie Rubin F Wootton 18:05.20 Qualified
2012 9 Caroline Beakes F Bethesda-CC 17:50.40 -
2013 10 Meggan Grams F Williamsport 18:07.9 -
2010 2 Matt Jablonski M Loyola Blakefield 15:18.50 Qualified
2013 3 Tyler Spear M Loyola Blakefield 15:07.9 Qualified
2009 3 Andrew Palmer M Whitman 15:21.50 Qualified
2008 5 Andrew Palmer M Whitman 15:16 Qualified
2013 7 Ryan Forsyth M Severna Park 15:12.6 Qualified
2011 8 Braden Bruning M Linganore 15:30.40 -
2010 8 Alex Willett M Walter Johnson 15:25.30 -
2010 9 Nick Regan M Walter Johnson 15:28.50 -
The predecessor to NXN, Nike Cross Nationals, was NTN, Nike Team Nationals. Originally teams were voted to the NTN championship based on a panel of "experts."
In 2007, the first ever NTN regional races were hosted all over the country with the top two teams qualifying for the championship race from each region. Individuals were not permitted to enter the race without a team, and competitors did not qualify for the NTN championship individually. The following year, the meet changed to its current format and the southeast regional race moved from Hoover, Alabama to its current location in Cary, NC.
Notable Maryland NTN Southeast Regional finishers in 2007:
Year Place Name M/F School Time
2007 4 Louise Hannallah F Churchill 19:01.7
2007 5 Erin McManus F Churchill 19:04.9
2007 7 Neal Darmody M Quince Orchard 16:18.2
Poolesville's Chase Weaverling is the first male athlete since 1998 (Jarrett Van Tine, B-CC) to win two (2) Montgomery County XC titles and a state XC title.
A young and motivated Walter Johnson squad wins its first state title since 1999 and its first ever in the 4A classification.
B-CC Girls 4A Runners-Up
Poolesville Boys 2A Runners-Up
Poolesville Girls 2A Runners-Up
MoCo Individual County and State Champs 1962 - 2013 (50+ Years)
MoCoRunning's Final Season Rankings - 11/10/2013
|Boys Final Season Ranking 11/10/2013|
1. Chase Weaverling, Poolesville 2014
2. Danniel Belay, Gaithersburg 2014
3. Evan Woods, Whitman 2015
4. Collin Crilly, Good Counsel 2014
5. Diego Zarate, Northwest 2015
6. Urgy Eado, Wootton 2014
7. Alex Riishojgaard, B-CC 2014
8. Daniel Kosogof, W. Johnson 2014
9. Harold Dorsey, Paint Branch 2014
10. William Kirk, Rockville 2015
|Girls Final Season Ranking 11/10/2013|
1. Nora McUmber, B-CC 2015
2. Lucie Noall, Clarksburg 2015
3. Claire Beautz, Poolesville 2015
4. Sophie El-Masry, R. Montgomery 2016
5. Kiernan Keller, W. Johnson 2015
6. Lucy Srour, Churchill 2015
7. Regina Schreiber, Q. Orchard 2014
8. Helen Webster, B-CC 2014
9. Emily Murphy, Walter Johnson 2016
10. Theresa Nardone, Poolesville 2017
County Championship Videos Courtesy of Wootton Video Crew: Girls Varsity Boys Varsity
Chase Weaverling (Poolesville) and Nora McUmber (B-CC) are repeat county champions. Photos by Marleen Van Den Neste