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Montgomery County XC Scorecard Survey Results
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2019-10-30


Cross country. What does it mean? It means that you run on, over, and around just about anything. Cross country can be anywhere, and for 25 public high schools in Montgomery County, each school is required to host at least one home meet whether they have land or not. Some teams have great campuses for running. Some schools have great parks nearby. Some schools have hosted medium sized invitationals or championship meets. Some schools don't have squat. The good, the bad, and the ugly: it will all be documented here, and if there is interest, the survey can be repeated in future years.

Runners and coaches agreed that this summer's DC Area XC Scorecard Survey developed a good set of criteria to judge what makes up a great cross country race course. The greatest advantage to doing a Scorecard Survey is that nobody has to know all the courses and we are not directly pitting the courses against one another. We asked survey respondents to judge the courses that they saw this year and skip the courses that they did not see this year. Even though the schools are ranked in this article, the scores were derived from the opinions of those who assessed each course independently on its own merits.

I am determined for this article not to be click-bait although I do hope it generates buzz. The survey results are intended to be meaningful and constructive. I ask readers to also be constructive in the comments if you choose to add anything. Obviously, there is no reason to pile on to a bad score, and if you disagree with something, first ask yourself if you actually saw that course this year and if you know if there were any changes. MoCo alumni will be surprised to learn how quickly their experiences become outdated.

SURVEY RESULTS BY SCHOOL

All courses were rated on a scale of 0 to 100 in ten different categories where 100 was the most positive outcome except in the case HILLINESS. HILLINESS was not considered positive or negative and not included in the final score.

30. JOHN F. KENNEDY

Course Rating = 40
Only two surveys were collected for Kennedy's course, and those who voted were not kind. Kennedy's course received a decent score for SETTING, but received the lowest scores for START, SPECTATOR ACCESS, and GROOMING.

START		33	SPECTATOR ACCESS	15
PASSIBILITY	56	STIMULATION		27
SURFACES	45	GROOMING		27
SAFETY		53	HILLINESS		43
SETTING		71	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	31

29. POOLESVILLE

Course Rating = 44
Poolesville's course received good scores for START, PASSIBILITY, and SAFETY, but runners gave it the lowest score in the county for SURFACES. One athlete called it essentially a road race. One coach said, "We do what we can."

START		62	SPECTATOR ACCESS	25
PASSIBILITY	69	STIMULATION		43
SURFACES	17	GROOMING		48
SAFETY		63	HILLINESS		33
SETTING		35	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	38

28. NORTHWEST

Course Rating = 46
Northwest's course received top half scores for SAFETY and SPECTATOR ACCESS, but runners slammed it with the lowest scores for SETTING and OVERALL ENJOYMENT. Ouch. Two athletes characterized the course (and even the course map) as confusing.

START		44	SPECTATOR ACCESS	70
PASSIBILITY	59	STIMULATION		38
SURFACES	53	GROOMING		29
SAFETY		62	HILLINESS		43
SETTING		30	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	26

27. SENECA VALLEY

Course Rating = 47
Just three surveys were collected for Seneca Valley's course, but athletes and coaches were consistent in their votes for this course. Seneca's course came in with a top-5 score for SETTING and #1 score for hilliest XC course in MoCo. It tied Poolesville for the lowest score for SURFACES and had the second lowest score for START.

START		35	SPECTATOR ACCESS	53
PASSIBILITY	60	STIMULATION		57
SURFACES	17	GROOMING		34
SAFETY		46	HILLINESS		84
SETTING		80	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	45

26. ALBERT EINSTEIN

Course Rating = 48
Einstein can hang its hat on being a top 10 most STIMULATING XC course in MoCo. Otherwise the campus loop course received bottom 10 scores in most categories.

START		49	SPECTATOR ACCESS	43
PASSIBILITY	55	STIMULATION		67
SURFACES	44	GROOMING		43
SAFETY		45	HILLINESS		54
SETTING		46	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	47

25. PAINT BRANCH

Course Rating = 49
Paint Branch gets a passing grade for SURFACES and GROOMING, but flunked the survey in START, PASSIBILITY, and SETTING. Some runners pointed out hazards in the survey comments while others gave it a perfectly fine SAFETY score.

START		42	SPECTATOR ACCESS	57
PASSIBILITY	42	STIMULATION		40
SURFACES	69	GROOMING		74
SAFETY		40	HILLINESS		51
SETTING		30	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	44

24. WALT WHITMAN

Course Rating = 49
Runners appreciated the GROOMING and SPECTATOR ACCESS on Whitman's course but STIMULATION and PASSIBILITY scores were among the lowest in the county. Runners who added comments also did not appreciate that the course was too long.

START		53	SPECTATOR ACCESS	64
PASSIBILITY	46	STIMULATION		27
SURFACES	48	GROOMING		70
SAFETY		51	HILLINESS		57
SETTING		45	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	39

23. RICHARD MONTGOMERY

Course Rating = 50
SAFETY is the only category in which RM's course finished in the top half of MoCo XC courses. SURFACES and SETTING were weaknesses according to the survey. Some runners pointed out that the course was too short.

START		58	SPECTATOR ACCESS	43
PASSIBILITY	65	STIMULATION		52
SURFACES	33	GROOMING		59
SAFETY		58	HILLINESS		49
SETTING		36	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	45

22. DAMASCUS

Course Rating = 51
With survey scores in the top 5 in the county in SURFACES, STIMULATION, and HILLINESS, Damascus's overall course score was depressed by the lowest score by a long shot in PASSIBILITY as well as low scores in SAFETY and SPECTATOR ACCESS. These survey scores scream, "difficult trail race."

START		44	SPECTATOR ACCESS	17
PASSIBILITY	17	STIMULATION		77
SURFACES	89	GROOMING		70
SAFETY		33	HILLINESS		75
SETTING		64	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	49

21. WINSTON CHURCHILL

Course Rating = 52
Churchill's course received top half scores in SPECTATOR ACCESS, SAFETY, and PASSIBILITY, but runners were not impressed with Churchill's course SETTING, STIMULATION, or GROOMING. One runner called it repetitive and another runner called it a "mess."

START		55	SPECTATOR ACCESS	75
PASSIBILITY	68	STIMULATION		29
SURFACES	56	GROOMING		46
SAFETY		62	HILLINESS		40
SETTING		40	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	35

20. MONTGOMERY BLAIR

Course Rating = 53
Blair's course finished top half in the county in SETTING, GROOMING, and OVERALL ENJOYMENT. I would say don't change a thing, but Blair's course finished dead last in the SAFETY category. I hope everyone is alright.

START		59	SPECTATOR ACCESS	39
PASSIBILITY	50	STIMULATION		46
SURFACES	59	GROOMING		72
SAFETY		24	HILLINESS		55
SETTING		75	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	57

19. SPRINGBROOK

Course Rating = 54
Springbrook's out-and-back, pavement-heavy course received very low scores in SURFACES and SPECTATOR ACCESS. The course received top half scores in most other categories including the third highest rated START.

START		74	SPECTATOR ACCESS	17
PASSIBILITY	71	STIMULATION		63
SURFACES	24	GROOMING		73
SAFETY		64	HILLINESS		62
SETTING		54	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	48

18. WALTER JOHNSON

Course Rating = 54
Walter Johnson's course received top ten scores in PASSIBILITY, SAFETY, and SPECTATOR ACCESS. Runners dinged the repetitive course in the STIMULATION category. One runner was adamant that the course should have avoided pavement.

START		54	SPECTATOR ACCESS	70
PASSIBILITY	69	STIMULATION		36
SURFACES	57	GROOMING		47
SAFETY		64	HILLINESS		49
SETTING		47	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	46

17. ROCKVILLE

Course Rating = 55
Once a venue for Maryland's 3A/4A West Championship Meets, Rockville's course at the Rockville Civic Center finished middle of the road in most categories. A top ten course in HILLINESS and SURFACES, one athlete said, "A decent course to be fair!"

START		58	SPECTATOR ACCESS	58
PASSIBILITY	63	STIMULATION		45
SURFACES	75	GROOMING		47
SAFETY		38	HILLINESS		66
SETTING		62	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	47

16. BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE

Course Rating = 57
We have known it for years, but now it is official. B-CC has the flatest home course in MoCo with a HILLINESS score of 13 out of 100. A great deal of pavement garnered a low score in the SURFACES category but the woodsy PR-generating course received the sixth highest OVERALL ENJOYMENT score.

START		56	SPECTATOR ACCESS	44
PASSIBILITY	60	STIMULATION		58
SURFACES	41	GROOMING		56
SAFETY		60	HILLINESS		13
SETTING		74	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	64

15. THOMAS S. WOOTTON

Course Rating = 57
Wootton's course confirmed my suspicions when introducing a new category to this survey: SPECTATOR ACCESS is diametrically opposed to STIMULATION. Wootton's course is #1 in SPECTATOR ACCESS and #30 in STIMULATION. Wootton's course also proved an inverse correlation between HILLINESS (#4) and OVERALL ENJOYMENT (#25). Averaging out these yo-yo scores resulted in a course ranked #15 out of 30.

START		43	SPECTATOR ACCESS	85
PASSIBILITY	68	STIMULATION		25
SURFACES	62	GROOMING		75
SAFETY		69	HILLINESS		74
SETTING		46	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	39

14. NORTHWOOD

Course Rating = 58
Northwood got the opportunity to showcase the longtime Consortia Championship XC course to MCPS Division I schools. Northwood's course was the most reviewed course in this survey, and the survey scores suggest that the new visitors were only moderately impressed. Northwood's course earned top ten scores in SETTING, STIMULATION, and OVERALL ENJOYMENT, but the partial trail race earned demerits for PASSIBILITY, SAFETY, and SPECTATOR ACCESS.

START		66	SPECTATOR ACCESS	49
PASSIBILITY	45	STIMULATION		74
SURFACES	54	GROOMING		63
SAFETY		32	HILLINESS		61
SETTING		77	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	64

13. WATKINS MILL

Course Rating = 59
It is interesting to see how Watkins Mill was judged in the DC Area Scorecard as a Regional Championship course versus how it was judged in this survey as a dual/tri/quad meet course. As a regional course, Watkins Mill was rebuked for having a bottleneck START. As a dual meet course, it has a top ten best START. Watkins Mill also earned top ten scores in SURFACES and HILLINESS.

START		69	SPECTATOR ACCESS	65
PASSIBILITY	64	STIMULATION		52
SURFACES	77	GROOMING		51
SAFETY		37	HILLINESS		73
SETTING		65	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	52

12. WHEATON

Course Rating = 60
Wheaton's course scored high marks in categories that it could control: SAFETY and GROOMING. Scores were underwhelming in categories reflective of the venue selection: SETTING and STIMULATION.

START		68	SPECTATOR ACCESS	69
PASSIBILITY	66	STIMULATION		41
SURFACES	55	GROOMING		76
SAFETY		74	HILLINESS		55
SETTING		42	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	55

11. COVENANT LIFE

Course Rating = 61
Undeniably a beautiful campus course with top ten scores in SETTING and OVERALL ENJOYMENT, Covenant Life probably makes for the perfect middle school XC race course. Unfortunately, the campus footprint may be a little small for a high school 5k. Survey respondents knocked it for a tight loop-the-loop START, repetition, and below average SPECTATOR ACCESS.

START		53	SPECTATOR ACCESS	50
PASSIBILITY	66	STIMULATION		53
SURFACES	71	GROOMING		70
SAFETY		52	HILLINESS		58
SETTING		73	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	66

10. SHERWOOD

Course Rating = 62
Whitman runners were grateful to not be at Whitman while Northwood runners preferred their own course over Sherwood's. Whitman runners gave Sherwood's course a composite rating of 66 versus 53 for their home course. Northwood runners gave Sherwood's course a composite score of 60 versus 69 for their home course. Sherwood runners gave their home course a composite score of 62. Most agreed that the SETTING was a strength and SAFETY was a weakness. One Whitman runner said, "The course was great, very pretty, and well-marked. It was hot the day we ran there, but it was still great!"

START		60	SPECTATOR ACCESS	61
PASSIBILITY	69	STIMULATION		59
SURFACES	70	GROOMING		69
SAFETY		47	HILLINESS		48
SETTING		78	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	46

9. JAMES H. BLAKE

Course Rating = 64
In the domain of XC courses that begin and end on MCPS property, Blake edged out its neighbor Sherwood for the #1 spot. All XC courses ranked ahead of Blake in this survey are either located at private schools or off-campus parklands. Normally a spike-friendly course, this year's Blake course took a hit in the SURFACES category, but one coach said that that was only temporary: "We had some issues this year with the trail so we did it mostly on pavement, but it should be good for spikes in the future."

START		78	SPECTATOR ACCESS	84
PASSIBILITY	76	STIMULATION		55
SURFACES	45	GROOMING		75
SAFETY		65	HILLINESS		51
SETTING		54	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	46

8. LANDON

Course Rating = 64
Between middle school and high school, Landon's campus is the most utilized grounds for the sport of cross country in Montgomery County. The course has a few shortcomings including SURFACES and PASSIBILITY. Liberally described as a horseshoe-shaped course, it is remarkably spectator-friendly without any repetition. It received high marks from runners in the categories of START, STIMULATION, and SPECTATOR ACCESS.

START		71	SPECTATOR ACCESS	73
PASSIBILITY	58	STIMULATION		69
SURFACES	57	GROOMING		71
SAFETY		59	HILLINESS		60
SETTING		62	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	58

7. MAGRUDER

Course Rating = 66
This is not your father's Lake Needwood course. Previously renowned for its HILLINESS and difficulty, Magruder's home course has been altered repeatedly over the past decade due to construction and wind storms according to Coach Stan Pawlowski. Ranked sixth flattest in this survey, the current layout is working for runners as the course ranks top-5 in PASSIBILITY, SETTING, and OVERALL ENJOYMENT.

START		68	SPECTATOR ACCESS	42
PASSIBILITY	75	STIMULATION		66
SURFACES	60	GROOMING		69
SAFETY		57	HILLINESS		47
SETTING		85	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	70

6. CLARKSBURG

Course Rating = 66
As a mid-season dual meet course, Clarksburg's High Point Farm course was reportedly a work-in-progress as coaches prepared for the return of the 4A West Regional. SAFETY and PASSIBILITY scores were low, but one coach explained, "Back loop is a little rough at the moment, but we were told that would change by regionals. Easily one of the best home courses in the county." Surveys ranked Clarksburg's course among the top-5 in SURFACES, SETTING, STIMULATION, and HILLINESS.

START		71	SPECTATOR ACCESS	55
PASSIBILITY	55	STIMULATION		76
SURFACES	93	GROOMING		61
SAFETY		37	HILLINESS		73
SETTING		83	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	64

5. GEORGETOWN PREP

Course Rating = 67
Georgetown Prep seems to be a divisive cross country course: most either love it or have it. A bottleneck START may be a shortcoming for Georgetown Prep's course, but the trail around campus makes up for it with top-5 scores in PASSIBILITY, SURFACES, SAFETY, and SPECTATOR ACCESS. Compared to this summer's DC Area Scorecard Survey, GP improved in PASSIBILITY and SAFETY. Several survey respondents observed with negative sentiment that hills make it a particularly challenging course. Very few boys have broken 17:00 and few girls have broken 20:00 on the 5k course in the past three years, but HILLINESS is not included in the final score in this survey.

START		49	SPECTATOR ACCESS	80
PASSIBILITY	73	STIMULATION		56
SURFACES	78	GROOMING		74
SAFETY		73	HILLINESS		67
SETTING		60	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	60

4. QUINCE ORCHARD

Course Rating = 68
If you are looking at your wrist watch, you might not appreciate one of the great cross country venues in Maryland. Smokey Glen Farm hosted the Battle of the Potomac for 11 years from 2006 to 2016, and it may rival the Agricultural Farm Park as the best XC venue in MoCo. Why is it only ranked #4 in this survey? Much like its hilly terrain, survey scores revealed higher highs and lower lows compared to the courses rated ahead of it. Despite landing the #1 spots in START, PASSIBILITY, and SURFACES and taking the #2 spot in SETTING, QO's course got bottom-10 scores in SAFETY, STIMULATION, and GROOMING. It is definitely spike country with all the elements that you want in a cross country course, but it is rugged and difficult so look up and leave the wrist watch at home.

START		79	SPECTATOR ACCESS	71
PASSIBILITY	78	STIMULATION		43
SURFACES	96	GROOMING		57
SAFETY		43	HILLINESS		78
SETTING		89	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	62

3. GAITHERSBURG

Course Rating = 71
The primary difference between this survey and the DC Area Scorecard from last summer is that the SHADE category was swapped out for SPECTATOR ACCES. Well, that certainly benefited the Gaithersburg home course, which we all know as the Montgomery County Championship course at Bohrer Park. A high SPECTATOR ACCESS score is offset by a low STIMULATION score. Other than that, Gaithersburg's course scored almost straight 70's across the board which makes it a very good cross country course. Perfect? No. The best course for an MCPS dual meet? Survey says: YES.

START		73	SPECTATOR ACCESS	82
PASSIBILITY	73	STIMULATION		45
SURFACES	69	GROOMING		79
SAFETY		71	HILLINESS		29
SETTING		71	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	71

2. BULLIS

Course Rating = 73
Bullis's campus course checks just about every box. Some critics were hard on Bullis for a tight bottleneck START, but overall the course garnered top-5 ratings in PASSIBILITY, SURFACES, SAFETY, STIMULATION, and GROOMING. If I may interject my own opinion as a spectator, I do believe Bullis's SPECTATOR ACCESS score is a bit inflated because there is no way to watch more than the beginning and end of a race, but that is not to take away from high scores in all other categories. The combination turf and wooded trail course deserves all the praise heaped upon it by survey respondents, many of whom return year after year for the Bullis Invitational. Careful, though. If the Bullis Invitational gets too popular, course organizers will certainly need to rethink their starting line.

START		51	SPECTATOR ACCESS	71
PASSIBILITY	76	STIMULATION		70
SURFACES	81	GROOMING		84
SAFETY		83	HILLINESS		51
SETTING		66	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	73

1. SANDY SPRING FRIENDS

Course Rating = 75
This year's PVAC Championship course ranks #1 in the county in SETTING, STIMULATION, and OVERALL ENJOYMENT. It received additional high marks for GROOMING and SPECTATOR ACCESS. Detractors had little to say about Sandy Spring's course in a negative light save for a below average SAFETY score. Multiple coaches that I spoke to after the survey believe that the PASSIBILITY score of 70 is inflated and in fact the PASSIBILITY severly limits Sandy Spring from being considered a great cross country course. Said one coach, "SSFS serves a great purpose for big weekday meets and is solid championship course for our little league...But it also has its quirks in that the second mile is almost all single track so positioning is key when someone enters the woods...All that being said, our families love the course because you can see the runners so many times and you don't have to move too much...Many of our kids also rank it as their favorite." So if this was a customer satisfaction survey and runners were the customers, the OVERALL ENJOYMENT score lifts Sandy Spring to the top of the first ever Montgomery County home meet XC Scorecard Survey.

START		64	SPECTATOR ACCESS	77
PASSIBILITY	70	STIMULATION		80
SURFACES	77	GROOMING		80
SAFETY		51	HILLINESS		56
SETTING		90	OVERALL ENJOYMENT	83

0. Agricultural History Farm Park

This article only includes HOME cross country courses in Montgomery County; therefore, the Agricultural History Farm Park in Derwood, Maryland was not included in this survey. I want to mention that it was included in the DC Area XC Scorecard Survey earlier this summer and it was rated highest among XC courses in the entire Washington DC Area. Formerly the home of the DC-MD Private Schools State Championship Meet, the Magruder Invitational, the 2009 USATF Cross Country Championships, and currently the home of the Skip Grant Invitational and the IAC/ISL/MAC Championship Meet, the Ag Farm Park is universally loved by runners and coaches. Check out the DC Area XC Scorecard Survey HERE.

SURVEY RESULTS BY CATEGORY

All courses were rated on a scale of 0 to 100 in ten different categories where 100 was the most positive outcome except in the case HILLINESS. HILLINESS was not considered positive or negative and not included in the final score.

START

START was defined in the survey on a scale of "Long and Wide Open" to "Bottlenecks Rapidly."

1. Quince Orchard	79	11. SandySpring Friends	64	21. Whitman		53
2. Blake		78	12. Poolesville		62	22. Bullis		51
3. Springbrook		74	13. Sherwood		60	23. Georgetown Prep	49
4. Gaithersburg		73	14. Blair		59	24. Albert Einstein	49
5. Landon		71	15. Rockville		58	25. Northwest		44
6. Clarksburg		71	16. Richard Montgomery	58	26. Damascus		44
7. Watkins Mill		69	17. B-CC		56	27. Wootton		43
8. Magruder		68	18. Churchill		55	28. Paint Branch	42
9. Wheaton		68	19. Walter Johnson	54	29. Seneca Valley	35
10. Northwood		66	20. Covenant Life	53	30. Kennedy		33

PASSIBILITY

PASSIBILITY was defined in the survey on a scale of "Adequately Wide for Passing Throughout" to "Constant Logjam."

1. Quince Orchard	78	11. Poolesville		69	21. Northwest		59
2. Bullis		76	12. Wootton		68	22. Landon		57
3. Blake		76	13. Churchill		68	23. Kennedy		56
4. Magruder		75	14. Covenant Life	66	24. Albert Einstein	55
5. Georgetown Prep	73	15. Wheaton		66	25. Clarksburg		55
6. Gaithersburg		73	16. Richard Montgomery	65	26. Blair		50
7. Springbrook		71	17. Watkins Mill	64	27. Whitman		46
8. Sandy Spring Friends	70	18. Rockville		63	28. Northwood		45
9. Walter Johnson	69	19. B-CC		60	29. Paint Branch	42
10. Sherwood		69	20. Seneca Valley	60	30. Damascus		17

SURFACES

SURFACES was defined in the survey on a scale of "100% Spike Country" to "100% Impenetrable."

1. Quince Orchard	96	11. Paint Branch	69	21. Northwest		53
2. Clarksburg		93	12. Gaithersburg	69	22. Whitman		48
3. Damascus		89	13. Wootton		62	23. Kennedy		45
4. Bullis		81	14. Magruder		60	24. Blake		45
5. Georgetown Prep	78	15. Blair		59	25. Albert Einstein	44
6. Watkins Mill		77	16. Walter Johnson	57	26. B-CC		41
7. Sandy Spring Friends	77	17. Landon		57	27. Richard Montgomery	33
8. Rockville		75	18. Churchill		56	28. Springbrook		24
9. Covenant Life	71	19. Wheaton		55	29. Seneca Valley	17
10. Sherwood		70	20. Northwood		54	29. Poolesville		17

SAFETY

SAFETY was defined in the survey on a scale of "Country Club Smooth" to "Ankle Twisting Roots and Bears."

1. Bullis		83	11. Northwest		62	21. Seneca Valley	46
2. Wheaton		74	12. B-CC		60	22. Albert Einstein	45
3. Georgetown Prep	73	13. Landon		59	23. Quince Orchard	43
4. Gaithersburg		71	14. Richard Montgomery	58	24. Paint Branch	40
5. Wootton		69	15. Magruder		57	25. Rockville		38
6. Blake		65	16. Kennedy		53	26. Watkins Mill	37
7. Springbrook		64	17. Covenant Life	52	27. Clarksburg		37
8. Walter Johnson	64	18. SandySpring Friends	51	28. Damascus		33
9. Poolesville		63	19. Whitman		51	29. Northwood		32
10. Churchill		62	20. Sherwood		47	30. Blair		24

SETTING

SETTING was defined in the survey on a scale of "Breathtaking Natural Beauty" to "Urban Dump."

1. Sandy Spring Friends	90	11. Gaithersburg	71	21. Walter Johnson	47
2. Quince Orchard	89	12. Kennedy		71	22. Wootton		46
3. Magruder		85	13. Bullis		66	23. Albert Einstein	46
4. Clarksburg		83	14. Watkins Mill	65	24. Whitman		45
5. Seneca Valley	80	15. Damascus		64	25. Wheaton		42
6. Sherwood		78	16. Rockville		62	26. Churchill		40
7. Northwood		77	17. Landon		62	27. Richard Montgomery	36
8. Blair		75	18. Georgetown Prep	60	28. Poolesville		35
9. B-CC			74	19. Blake		54	29. Paint Branch	30
10. Covenant Life	73	20. Springbrook		54	30. Northwest		30

SPECTATOR ACCESS

SPECTATOR ACCESS was defined in the survey on a scale of "Spectators can Support Runners at Many Locations (without interference)" to "Spectator Access Extremely Limited."

1. Wootton		85	11. Northwest		70	21. Northwood		49
2. Blake		84	12. Wheaton		69	22. B-CC		44
3. Gaithersburg		82	13. Watkins Mill	65	23. Richard Montgomery	43
4. Georgetown Prep	80	14. Whitman		64	24. Albert Einstein	43
5. Sandy Spring Friends	77	15. Sherwood		61	25. Magruder		42
6. Churchill		75	16. Rockville		58	26. Blair		39
7. Landon		73	17. Paint Branch	57	27. Poolesville		25
8. Bullis		71	18. Clarksburg		55	28. Springbrook		17
9. Quince Orchard	71	19. Seneca Valley	53	29. Damascus		17
10. Walter Johnson	70	20. Covenant Life	50	30. Kennedy		15

STIMULATION

STIMULATION was defined in the survey on a scale of "Exhilirating Start to Finish" to "Monotonous and Repetitive."

1. Sandy Spring Friends	80	11. B-CC		58	21. Poolesville		43
2. Damascus		77	12. Seneca Valley	57	22. Quince Orchard	43
3. Clarksburg		76	13. Georgetown Prep	56	23. Wheaton		41
4. Northwood		74	14. Blake		55	24. Paint Branch	40
5. Bullis		70	15. Covenant Life	53	25. Northwest		38
6. Landon		69	16. Richard Montgomery	52	26. Walter Johnson	36
7. Albert Einstein	67	17. Watkins Mill	52	27. Churchill		29
8. Magruder		66	18. Blair		46	28. Whitman		27
9. Springrbook		63	19. Gaithersburg	45	29. Kennedy		27
10. Sherwood		59	20. Rockville		45	30. Wootton		25

GROOMING

GROOMING was defined in the survey on a scale of "Well Groomed, Well Marked" to "Someone Better Know Where to Go."

1. Bullis		84	11. Landon		71	21. B-CC		56
2. Sandy Spring Friends	80	12. Damascus		70	22. Watkins Mill	51
3. Gaithersburg		79	13. Whitman		70	23. Poolesville		48
4. Wheaton		76	14. Covenant Life	70	24. Rockville		47
5. Wootton		75	15. Magruder		69	25. Walter Johnson	47
6. Blake		75	16. Sherwood		69	26. Churchill		46
7. Paint Branch		74	17. Northwood		63	27. Albert Einstein	43
8. Georgetown Prep	74	18. Clarksburg		61	28. Seneca Valley	34
9. Springbrook		73	19. Richard Montgomery	59	29. Northwest		29
10. Blair		72	20. Quince Orchard	57	30. Kennedy		27

HILLINESS

HILLINESS was defined in the survey on a scale of "Practically All Uphill" to "Flat." Neither end of the spectrum was considered positive or negative.

1. Seneca Valley	84	11. Landon		60	21. Walter Johnson	49
2. Quince Orchard	78	12. Covenant Life	58	22. Richard Montgomery	49
3. Damascus		75	13. Whitman		57	23. Sherwood		48
4. Wootton		74	14. SandySpring Friends	56	24. Magruder		47
5. Clarksburg		73	15. Blair		55	25. Kennedy		43
6. Watkins Mill		73	16. Wheaton		55	26. Northwest		43
7. Georgetown Prep	67	17. Albert Einstein	54	27. Churchill		40
8. Rockville		66	18. Blake		51	28. Poolesville		33
9. Springbrook		62	19. Bullis		51	29. Gaithersburg	29
10. Northwood		61	20. Paint Branch	51	30. B-CC		13

OVERALL ENJOYMENT

OVERALL ENJOYMENT was defined in the survey on a scale of "Runner's High" to "No Redeeming Qualities."

1. Sandy Spring Friends	83	11. Landon		58	21. Sherwood		46
2. Bullis		73	12. Blair		57	22. Seneca Valley	45
3. Gaithersburg		71	13. Wheaton		55	23. Richard Montgomery	45
4. Magruder		70	14. Watkins Mill	52	24. Paint Branch	44
5. Covenant Life	66	15. Damascus		49	25. Wootton		39
6. B-CC			64	16. Springbrook		48	26. Whitman		39
7. Clarksburg		64	17. Rockville		47	27. Poolesville		38
8. Northwood		64	18. Albert Einstein	47	28. Churchill		35
9. Quince Orchard	62	19. Walter Johnson	46	29. Kennedy		31
10. Georgetown Prep	60	20. Blake		46	30. Northwest		26







NameComment

F Pavement
2019-10-23 21:05:55

Pavement freakin sucks. Should not be on a CROSS COUNTRY course.

Wtf
2019-10-24 17:11:54

So it looks like QO hijacked the poll

But...
2019-10-24 17:23:11

Have you seen Quince Orchard's course?

if you ever run qo course
2019-10-24 17:39:47

You would know it’s the hardest hills other than states

K Gaffney
2019-10-25 13:11:33

For what it is worth, I ran the Seneca Valley Course a couple of times at dual and tri meets. One of the areas that I went back to do long runs on the weekends. Definitely has two monster hill in Black Hills, bigger than anything else outside the dip.

Ryun
2019-10-29 11:14:46

Shoutout to the Blake course getting some love. We had plenty of easy runs there during my freshman and sophomore track season when we had to practice at Blake.

bruv
2019-10-29 17:50:37

Ayyy blarksburg

K Gaffney
2019-10-30 20:49:50

Sandy Spring Friends was the first cross country race I ever ran. It was all downhill from there.

Brown Sugar
2019-11-01 16:43:43

Sherwood should be top 3 ez.


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