MoCo Distance Against The Best In Maryland
By: Michael Menase
The Big One
Centro Takes Center Stage
Cougar Quad Pounces On State Competition
The Big Man In Blue
Super Soph Tough As Nails
A Feel-Good Victory Only The Beginning
Senior With Nothing To Lose
ER vs. The World
B-CC Duo Rides One Last Time
Gary Finally Gets One
Jumpers And Throwers Not To Be Outdone
The Big One
The state meet is the last meet on everybody's calendar. Every athlete gives it his or her all with the goal of putting up their best performance of the season. Many of the elite athletes we seemed to have forgotten about during the course of the season reestablished themselves, finishing with fast times and nice medals. Most of these elite athletes are seniors. They look to leave for higher institutions of learning that encompass a more experienced, talented, and competitive field of athletes. It is these athletes who look to leave their ever-reputable high school careers with memories that will stick with them for the rest of their lives and final memories by which the remainder of the county can remember them. This is the ultimate conclusion to an eventful year for some, and an illustrious career for others. There is no other way to go than to be at your best, and give your best, one final time.
Centro Takes Center Stage
The record-setting 1600 run by Matt Centrowitz of Broadneck High School was the highlight of the entire meet. Centrowitz had his best training in May. His sole focus was training and not peaking too early. His coaches play an enormous role at practice which has led to his immense success. Centrowitz trains with focus, concentration, and his talented teammates to hit the necessary times during his workouts.
Before the race, Centrowitz had to focus on a plan. He knew he would be alone throughout the race so he was not only running for the win but primarily running for time. Shane Stroup, graduate of River Hill High School in Howard County and of the University of Florida, had set the state record in the 1600 with a 4:07. He devised a more specific time goal other than merely breaking 4:07. The plan was 4:04. Over and over again, and with careful strategizing, he decided where he was going to be at the end of each lap.
During the 1600, the sun would be at its highest point during the already steaming day. At that time, the temperature was measured to be 93 degrees and humid without any clouds in sight. He constantly had to remind himself that the heat was not as bad as everybody else made it out to be. The hard work and careful mindset immersed within his unrivaled self-discipline paid off. Centrowitz executed his strategy exactly as he wanted to. From the gun, he separated himself from the rest of the pack, making it just him and the track. Throughout the race, with unconscious easiness, Centrowitz would thoroughly increase his lead over the rest of the pack. Centrowitz' first lap was fast (around 59.35). He then used the next two laps for steady recovery in 62.20 and 62.67. The last lap arrived and the crowd roared into a loud applause. They knew that not only a state record was in sight, but thoughts of breaking the 4-minute barrier were eminent. Centrowitz' last lap was in 59.72, totaling 4:04.09, a state record by three entire seconds. As soon he finished, he was pressed for interviews and autographs from a wide variety of people. His 4:04 effort made him the top miler in the nation and the fastest miler in the history of Maryland. Rightfully so, Centrowitz was exceedingly content with his performance. Never before had he been able to perform at such a high level without any competition to push him, but when it counted most, he came through solo and never let up during the race.
Centrowitz also anchored the Broadneck 4x8 in the day before the 1600. Upon receiving the baton, he was very far back from Kelli Thibou, anchor from Eleanor Roosevelt. He was still just barely in reach of second place, nonetheless. Coming like a cannon, Centrowitz caught Quince Orchard anchor Reagan Lynch with just over 100 meters to go. He was not able to pull away from Lynch but held him off nonetheless. It took a 1:52.2 split to go from around 6th place to second. Then, Eleanor Roosevelt got disqualified for a uniform violation making the Broadneck 4x8 relay team the victors. Centrowitz' split was the fastest of the meet.
On a further note, Centrowitz' season is not over. He has a mile race in the Reebok Grand Prix in New York where there will be a pacer and much better competition. Then, he will race the 2-mile at Nike Outdoor Nationals and conclude his season with a 1500 meter race at the Junior Olympics. Next year, Centrowitz is headed to run for the University of Oregon, one of the most storied programs in all of college track and Cross Country. With a good program that just in fact won the Pac-10 Championship, Centrowitz will continue to flourish.
Cougar Quad Pounces On State Competition
The Quince Orchard boys' 4x8 came into the state meet with a reputation of success. Every relay member loftily aimed for 7:55, their school record. Training-wise, they were well-prepared as second leg Neal Darmody would express, "My training was fairly easy this past week. We didnt do alot of miles, and there was a speed workout which helped me get a little bit more speed."
However, the success of a relay is determined by each individual relay member. Josh Joson's poor start immediately set the Cougars back. Success never goes unchallenged, however. As fast of a runner as Joson is, he has always had one conspicuous and easily-exploited weakness: getting off of the line quickly and not being pushed back by another runner upon the shot of the gun. He had to put forth a strong effort to move up in the next 400 meters. However, his rhythmic progress was continuously impeded by other runners pushing him around and blocking him off. Joson attempted to work around this by swinging in and out of different lanes. His efforts expended more energy than it was worth as Joson did not have very much success. He still fought very hard for a 2:01 split.
At this point, Quince Orchard was very far back from where they wanted to be. Second leg Darmody commented on his feelings before the race, "It was kind of hot. On the drive over I felt really tired and wasn't ready for a hard race. I just tried to stay hydrated throughout the day."
Darmody's mediocre 2:02 split, however, turned to be a blessing in disguise for third-leg David Laratta. For the entire season, Laratta had been all alone when running his leg. He was always still able to put forth a good effort and run a good split-- typically around 2 flat. It was Friday that the world would know that all Laratta really needed was at least somebody else to push him. ER was way too far in front to be caught at that moment but second place remained a very realistic endeavor. Upon receiving the baton, Laratta shot out like a cannon. His aforementioned comfort running alone led him to strongly dislike running with other runners. So, he made up as much ground as quickly as he could. The final result: Laratta passed the pack and split 1:56, remarkably getting Lynch decent distance on third place.
Reagan Lynch of Quince Orchard showed utter fearlessness on his anchor leg. Whether it was because the defending state champion in the open 8 was in sight or the top miler in the nation was beaming Lynch down from behind, Lynch showed he was going to do whatever it took to get second place. Lynch went out very hard and began to separate himself from the rest of the pack. Lynch stuck in second place with Thibou beginning to further distance himself from Lynch and the rest of the field. All the while, Centrowitz steadily kept moving up. Lynch kept pushing but could not stop what seemed to have been the inevitable: for the first time all year, Reagan Lynch got caught from behind. With just over 200 meters left, Centrowitz passed Lynch on the final turn. As Lynch is quite aware, it takes a lot of energy to pass somebody on their right coming around a turn. So clearly, Centrowitz' pass was key. The race was not over though. Centrowitz could not pull away and he was still right in front of Lynch. Lynch continued to give all he had but just could not pass back Centrowitz. It took a 1:52 from a nationally elite runner. But nevertheless, Quince Orchard wound up in third with an overall season best of 7:58. Lynch split right around 1:56 or 1:57. Eleanor Roosevelt would soon after get disqualified. Suddenly in a heartbrokenly manner, Broadneck ended up winning the 4x8 with Quince Orchard ultimately in second.
Lynch would have two more races the following day: the 1600 and 800. However, since regionals, Lynch had been considering scratching at states. He finally did, but not until after warming up for the event. One could consider this ironic considering that there was less competition in the 1600. However, different factors came to play in Lynch's decision. The main reason is that he feels he is a better 800 runner than miler. Then, short recovery time (the unbearable heat played into this as well as the fact that he had prom Friday night- infinite apologies to all ladies, the man is taken) led him to decide that it would be best for him to focus on the 800. What a great decision that turned out to be. Lynch had set a goal for himself in the open 800 based on what his future coach at Princeton wanted him to do. The goal was 1:56. In order to accomplish this, he would need to be fresh in order to PR by about 1.5 seconds. Lynch would allow Antonio Palmer of Gaithersburg and Thibou to take the race out hard and push the pace. Meanwhile he settled in the pack in around 5th place or so. He stuck right in 5th place for 250 meters until the pack began to spread apart. He moved up into fourth place, following a tail-line of Thibou, Palmer, and Meade's Matthew Brinkley. A herd of runners then passed Lynch coming into the bell lap. Lynch fell back into 7th place.
Reagan Lynch will never go down without a fight, however. He would pass two runners and end up in an intense battle in the last 50 meters with Moen, Palmer, and Brinkley. He did not have enough left to outkick them. He wound up 5th in the fast heat, 7th overall, in a time of 1:56.17. Just to show how much the level of competition in the 800 has increased, Lynch's time of 1:56.17 would have placed him second in the state last year in the open 800. He is going to get a world-class education at Princeton with a major in Chemical Engineering. He plans to continue to focus on the 800 in track and thus be more low-key in terms of racing and doing workouts in cross country. Joining him at Princeton is another stud in the 800 who also has a taste for Chemical Engineering, Jordan Sawadogo.
The Big Man In Blue
Jordan Sawadogo of Springbrook got caught in the "slow" heat of the 800 due to a relatively slow race at regionals. Dissapointment was inevitable upon hearing the news, but Sawadogo did not let that effect his chances of victory. Also, it's not like there would not be anybody else in the slow heat to push him. Two other high-quality runners in Jarod Franklin of CH Flowers and Meade's Malik Zafar were also in the slow heat. Nonetheless, Sawadogo knew they would have to push the pace from the start in order to place. Franklin and Sawadogo would thus consent to a 56 second first lap in the bullpen just before the pace. The gun went off and 300 meters into the race, Sawadogo still felt the pace was too slow. He never really felt he had shown what he could do in the 800. This was his time to prove himself. Sawadogo made his move and led the entire last lap. Soundly, Sawadogo won his section of the 800. Sawadogo's PR was enormous and he was relatively content with it. He finished with a 1:54.49. This earned him second place overall, despite being in the slow heat. His time was just over a second behind that which Thibou ran in the fast heat. Even more remarkably, Sawadogo's time was the second-fastest 800 time ever run by a Montgomery County athlete at states. There are still some subtle signs of regret from Sawadogo looking back at his race. These signs go back to being placed in the slow heat. He feels he could have run a little faster and could have had a legitimate shot against Thibou. And as for the future, Sawadogo looks forward to being a teammate of Reagan Lynch, with whom he envisions being part of an Ivy-League Championship 4x8 squad.
Super Soph Tough As Nails
Antonio Palmer of Gaithersburg ran an outstanding, tough-as-nails, pair of 800's in both the 4x8 and open 800. First and foremost, Palmer is just a sophomore, but, his experience running the 800 goes well beyond his highschool years. It all started right around 7th grade when he began doing summer track with the Gaithersburg Firebirds. His first ever 800 was a 2:16. He would steadily improve in his summer track club through 7th and 8th grade. He became a nationally ranked 800 meter runner in his age group. Now Palmer is the anchor of a 4x8 which has a storied tradition of success.
Palmer would start off somehwere in between the middle of the pack. A 2:00 split would put Gaithersburg at about 8:06, to give an idea of where he was. Palmer needed to come up big. Indeed, he would erase large deficits and catch just about everybody that was in reach of him. He would do enough to put his squad in fourth place and a second behind QO anchor Reagan Lynch. His 1:54 split ended up putting Gaithersburg in third place, due to ER's disqualification. Palmer enjoyed similar success in the open 8. Everybody knew that Thibou would take that race out very hard. Who else but Palmer to be courageous enough and try and stick right on his back. Thibou would gradually increase his lead over Palmer as well as the rest of the field while Palmer hung in second place. This was the case for about a totally uncontested 670 meters when the rest of the field would begin to catch up to Palmer. Palmer was in a tight battle with Moen, Lynch, and Brinkley with about 50 meters left and held off both Lynch and Brinkley. Palmer's time of 1:55.57 was .13 seconds off a medal but still good for 5th place overall.
A Feel Good Victory Only The Beginning
Neal Darmody of Quince Orchard is enjoying great success in his first ever year of intermural running. As he describes, "I decided to run for Quince Orchard because I wanted to try something new. I was never really a team sports player, but XC and track are just so much fun. I love to run and its just fun to get out there. In the next four years, I want to run in college and drop alot of my times." Though not expecting a win in the 3200, he felt great during the race and it showed tremendously. Typically, Darmody would lead the entire race to compensate for his relative inability to kick. The gameplan was clearly much different this time around. Darmody ran much of the race hanging in the back of the front pack- in around 6th place. He was fully prepared to make a move as he had been running most of the race in lane 2. Towards the middle he began to move into lane 1 and into the lead. This was the case until around 500 meters to go where Malik Zafar made his move on Darmody. Zafar immediately began gapping Darmody and started his final lap with a seemingly comfortable gap. Desite how good of a position Zafar put himself to win, his form would almost instantly begin to slow down. With just over 200 to go, Darmody caught back up to Zafar and passed him back. He would never look back as he finished in a 9:25. This is a one second PR he is content with. The move Zafar made was evidently a final move of desperation as Kyle Gaffney of Blake ended up passing him and beating him by an entire three seconds.
Senior With Nothing To Lose
Kyle Gaffney of Blake has had an up-and-down year: filled with tons of potential at the beginning which was then shunned by injury. He lost a lot of confidence, which is saying a lot considering his more than impressive resumé. That is why the time he put down at states was a shock to even him. Gaffney generously described to me his mindset and reasoning for it.
"The whole week before states I was really nervous. More so than I usually am for a big race. The whole year has been tough with injuries and college and everything. After I hurt my ankle mid xc season, I thought I'd just tough it out and run. But going from doing awesome workouts in XC to almost dreading going to practice everyday, my coach and I decided I needed to just get healthy and not worry about indoor. So I took a good two months off, did physical therapy and all that good stuff. I didnt really start running until late February, and from then on it was very sporatic. It seemed like I had one small injury after another that would last for like 2-3 weeks then I would get another one. To be honest, I wasn't too confident going into states with the way I had been running. Guys like Neal [Darmody] and Will [Palmer] had really come on this season while my times [mid 9:40's- about 15 seconds slower than what Darmody had run before states] weren't what you would call 'competitive.' Instead of trying to go out with the leaders and test my fitness, I planned to do what i thought I was capable of doing which was running 72 seconds laps and then hoping I had some kind of kick the last quarter. I still wasn't really sure of myself until my dad told me 'the only person who is gonna remember your last race is you.' It really put things in perspective for me so that no matter how I ran I was the one who would have to live myself."
The race begun, and Gaffney would stick to his plan. He had no intentions of going out hard. Instead, he played the race conservatively, wanting to ensure that his last ever high school race would be a pretty good one. The first mile, Gaffney ended up going out very slowly and hanging back toward the end. Gaffney would continue to move up, however. But still, with 1600 meters left, he was 8 seconds behind the leader and in 6th place. The front pack of Will Palmer, Zafar, Tommy Mullings, and Darmody was soon established.
It was not until there were about 500 meters left, as Gaffney would describe, "I realized it was the last race I'm ever going to get to run for my high school career, so I dug down and just tried passing guys. I ended up going from 6th to 2nd in 500 meters. Even though I didn't catch Neal, I felt like I ran as hard as I could and that no one could convince me otherwise."
Gaffney's time of 9:31 ties his PR from last year. This is despite the fact that he had not run within 10 seconds of that time this year. He did not run nearly as much, in fact, about 2/3 as much to be precise, as he did last year. Yet, he still hit the same time. It just goes to show how Gaffney has overcome his long-lasting injury in order to become a stronger runner and persevere. With his confidence back, Gaffney has a bright future ahead of him. Gaffney will run for American University for the next four years under former Olympian Matt Centrowitz Sr.
ER vs. The World
All roads to an individual 4A state title go through Eleanor Roosevelt High School. The Montgomery County girls swarmed the track at the state championship after qualifying multiple girls based on time, but Roosevelt girls were favored to win every running event including relays.
The girls 4x800 featured the meet favorite Eleanor Roosevelt who would go on to win the race in 9:14.64. The following 4 teams were Montgomery County teams, all making remarkable efforts. Churchill and Whitman dropped their best times even further and Northwest and Quince Orchard followed them with times of 9:33 and 9:34 - surprising times coming from these quieter, yet aggressive teams. 2 points was all the QO earned for placing 5th, but the finishing time was all the reward they could ask for.
Montgomery County ended up with 5 girls in the 3200 (all of whom ended up placing in the top 7). With many state titles and fast times to her resume, Marika Walker was considered the favorite while Halsey Sinclair from Blair came in with the fastest time from regionals of 11:02. As expected, Walker took control of the race and let the other girls chase her. In the final laps, it was Louise Hannallah who made the surge to catch Walker while all of the other girls faded back. Walker was able to hold a comfortable cushion for the win in 11:06.50 with Hannallah in 2nd in 11:09.59.
Morgane Gay of Whitman had the fastest had the fastest regional 1600 time (4:56), but would have to make it through Marika Walker and defending champ Dominique Lockhart. The heat was pounding the athletes when they toed the line and when the gun went off, the competitors held close to each other. Gay led the pack by a slim margin, but she allowed the others to hang on with an agonizingly slow pace. Three laps passed and when the bell rang for the final lap, it was like a signal for Gay to stop warming up and start running. Over the next 100 meters, she left Walker and the others behind. She continued to spread the gap until the finish. She won in a time of 4:59 despite the slow early pace. She managed to put 8 seconds between herself and Walker over the final lap with Walker finishing 2nd in 5:07. Halsey Sinclair finished 3rd in 5:11 followed by 7 girls between 5:14 and 5:16. The chase pack included Hannallah of Churchill in 4th, who scored 12 total individual points at this meet, and the defending champ Lockhart in 7th in 5:15.
Gay was back in action not long after the 1600 victory. This time she was lined up with her teammate Leslie Morrison and a trio from Eleanor Roosevelt. Tasha Stanley of Roosevelt was considered the favorite and was the defending champ. Walker from Roosevelt was competing in her third open event of the meet and Lockhart was part of the action too. The Sinclair twins along with Kathy Aherne of Northwest were also in the mix.
A nasty fall by Morrison in the first 30 meters caused the race to be restarted with the first 4 girls lined up in lanes and the remainder lined up on the waterfall and instructed not to cut in for the first 100 meters. After a clean start, Stanley took out the pack to a blazing start. The first 200 meters was just over 30 seconds. By the second lap, Morrison took over the race and pulled Stanley along with her. With 200 meters to go, Morrison gradually pushed the pace harder and began to creep away from the field. With 100 meters to go, Stanley put in a furious kick to close the gap on Morrison, but she was unable to catch her in time. Morrison won in 2:14.20 over Stanley's 2:14.11. Gay edged out Walker for 3rd in 2:15.38. In a very deep field, 11 girls ran under 2:20.
B-CC Duo Rides One Last Time
To delve into the 3A classification, seniors Elias Tousley and Chris Bowie of B-CC showed great range and endurance in their conclusion to their respective high-school careers. Bowie would describe to me his team's physical and mental training for states.
"We had a workout on Monday the week of states, and then the next three days we were able to take it easy with some 30 to 40 minute runs and get focused on our races for states (oh and of course motivational movies like Pre, Run Like Hell, and EL Gurreoj videos on you tube)." Both Bowie and Tousley would need the fresh legs and motivation to succeed in the wide range of events they competed in. In the 3200, both Bowie and Tousley would hang back in the very beginning. It was not that long though, that they would move into the front pack thereby rounding out the top 5. A little later on, they continued to move up. They apparently were working together, though they had no set strategy before the 3200 (or the 1600 either for that matter). Bowie would move into second place behind Wilde Lake's JP Allera. Tousley would follow. Dylan Bernard of Urbana was in 4th at that point and he soon dropped off the pace. This established the pack of Allera, the frontrunner, and now Tousley and Bowie. Bowie was first to take the lead from Allera. Tousley right after would make his move and go with Bowie so that they would both be leading Allera. Bowie's aggressive attempt and desire to finish 1-2 with Tousley ended up hurting him in the end as by the final lap, Tousley proved in an entire league of his own. Allera was far back in second place and Bowie was even further back in third. Things would safely stay as they were as Tousley won in just under 9:27 with Bowie finishing third in 9:40.
The tactical duo from B-CC would enjoy similar success in the 1600. During the first lap, Bowie stayed in the front pack with the more conservative Tousley hanging toward the back. Toward the beginning of the second lap, Bowie dropped back with Tousley catching up. The beginning always appears uncertain for Tousley and Bowie, but as always, they worked their way back into it. Both swung back around into lanes 2 and 3 and would work their way into the front pack. Once again, they would contend for the win. Bowie stayed up near the front while the race shifted focus to the leaders Tousley and Allera. Allera was working tirelessly toward the end of the third lap (not to say Tousley was not); it definitely appeared through body signals/movements that he was putting in more effort than Tousley. Allera put forth what appeared as an all-out sprint to take the lead going into the final lap. Tousley then swiftly took the lead with ease. Allera continued to try and hold on as best as he could. And predictably, Allera soon completely fell off Tousley's pace. Tousley finished alone in a 4:21. Allera, though, dropped way back to 5th place. Bowie, again, finished third. He ended up running a 6 second PR of 4:24. Tousley and Bowie would also run the two fastest splits on their 4x8 which overall ran a two-second PR of 8:06 and got second place by less than a second.
Tousley is headed for a good Division-III program in Haverford. Bowie would break down his plans for the next 4 years, "It came down to UMBC and George Mason and I liked both programs, but in the end I lost contact with the coach from Mason and Coach Catone from UMBC was prepared to offer a scholarship so I signed with UMBC, but there are also 20 miles of trails just down the street form the UMBC campus that I want to tear up so that helped in the decision just a little. As far as running goes for track I want to move up to the 5k. That race is a lot of fun and for XC I haven't set a goal yet, I'm just going to focus on first making their varsity team and then I'll worry about the goals after that."
Gary Finally Gets One
On other notes, Einstein's Alex Gary won the 3A open 800 in a time of 1:56.07. Ever since Gary was a freshman, he enjoyed great success in the open 800. His teammate Brenton Flurry won the 3A title last year, and he followed that up with the victory this year. Gary will run track for UMBC and most likely focus on the 800. Giovanni Reumante of Northwood won his section of the open 8 with a strong finish in a respectable time of 2:01.
Jumpers And Throwers Not To Be Outdone
The Men's field athletes of Montgomery County made their presence known at states. BJ Shaw of Gaithersburg is a senior who has enjoyed his brief yet rich experience of track and field. He went out for the sport because of an injury he suffered during basketball season. Shaw had absolutely no clue that he would be so quick to make such an impact. He did not lift at all, never learned what a plyometric drill was, and thought he would "just be another person on the team." But, by Urbana Invite on April 21st, Shaw would be over 45 feet in the triple jump. As he would never have guessed, Shaw qualified for states in all three jumping events plus the 100 meter dash. Before competition, he was almost entirely overwhelmed by the atmosphere and the competition in that he was competing against the best of Maryland. It is almost like Shaw still had not realized that he is part of the best competition in the entire state.
In the long jump, Shaw would earn 4th place with a PR jump of 22'3". He would place slightly better in the triple jump. He jumped a PR of 45'8" and that earned him third place, his first ever state medal. Unfortunately in the high jump, the competition far exceeded that in the long and triple jumps. He could only muster 8th place but did so with a respectable jump of 6-00.00, two inches off of his PR. As for the future, a scholarship is in the works thanks to his coach's efforts. He will jump for Middle Tennessee University.
Ian Francis of Walter Johnson is an explosive junior who is a very competitive jumper. He is frustrated with the high level of competition he has had to deal with. His main event is the triple jump. He jumped around 45-9 at counties but entered into a slump thereafter. He was disappointed with his performance at regionals where he jumped 43-03.75. At states, he would jump 45-02.75 for fifth place. Francis commented on the high level of competition in the triple jump, "Going from last year a 45 jump would have easily placed in the top 3 probably while this year out of a 6 man finals, 5 were 45+ feet including me so competition was very tough. While I didn't hit my PR, 45-2 was probably all I could have given."
Jamal Currica of Damascus was truly the pride of Montgomery County jumping. He high jumped 6-06.00, one inch off of his PR from the FSK Invite this year. Last year, Currica was also competitive in the high jump-he placed second with a jump of 6-06.00. In the long jump, Currica placed 5th with a jump of 21-10.00. Gary Frazier of Richard Montgomery also competed in the long jump. He finished in second place with about a 9 inch PR of 22-04.50.
Sean Stanley of Gaithersburg is only a sophomore. Yet, he has made an impact on the state since he was a freshman. Last year, along with teammates Jamie Goldsby and Robert Dugan, Stanley qualified for states. There, he placed 8th with a throw of 43-11.25. This year he improved greatly and won the state title with a throw of 53-08.25.
Montgomery County proved their great range at states. In just about every event in each classification, at least one Montgomery County athlete can be seen at the top. While this senior class is graduating, a fresh crop of talented freshmen will enter. Current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will keep improving. Our tradition of broad success at the state meet will continue whether the Gaithersburg boys will continue their second place overall average over the past 10 years, and/or new stars such as Whitman's Andrew Palmer will come and flourish, etc. Now that you know all there is to know about just about every distance athlete from Montgomery County who enjoyed great success in the state meet, I hope your pride and respect for our County will move up to an even higher level and remain at that level. Thanks for giving me so much to write about Montgomery County. Rock on, have a healthy, fun, safe, and productive summer, and good luck in all future endeavors. Above all, keep being the spectacular representatives of our County that you all are wherever you may go.
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