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2008 IT Season Recap
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2008-03-20


After a four year drought from winning any team state titles in track and field (indoor or outdoor), Montgomery County capped off the 2008 indoor track season with Quince Orchard winning the boys 4A state title, B-CC winning the girls 3A state title, and Poolesville winning the girls 1A state title. Avery Graham, Chris Moen, Wil Zahorodny, Olivia Ekpone, and the Damascus 4x800 relay broke state records. Athletes who won two individual state titles were Avery Graham of Clarksburg, Neal Darmody of Quince Orchard, and Derrick Powell of Northwood. In total, 25 individuals and relay teams from Montgomery County won state titles.

Of all the state titles, the only two teams to win regional titles were the Poolesville girls in the 1A West and the Damascus boys in the 3A West. 35 individuals and 11 relay teams from Montgomery County won regional titles in the various classifications. Athletes who won two events at their regional meet included Jenny Reid of Poolesville, Karissa Harris of Poolesville, Derrick Powell of Northwood, Morgane Gay of Whitman, and Neal Darmody of Quince Orchard.

At the Montgomery County Championship Meet, two other teams stole the show. Wootton girls ended Churchill's two year run by winning the meet 84 to 82 over the Bulldogs. Richard Montgomery boys three-peated, winning their third consecutive indoor county title 86-83.5 over Quince Orchard. Six boys and two relay teams combined to break nine county meet records. In addition to breaking the county meet record, Damascus senior Wil Zahorodny ran the fastest time in the nation in the 500-meter dash which he later lowered even further at the state championship. A week later he surrendered the US #1 time to Javell Bullard of Virginia. Athletes who won two events at the county championship were Olivia Ekpone of Wootton, Leslie Morrison of Whitman, Neal Darmody of Quince Orchard, and Gary Frazier of Richard Montgomery.

The Virginia Tech Invitational produced the fastest times of the season in six boys events and three girls events this year. Of those, three hit the fastest time or best mark in mocorunning's three year history. This includes Brendan Etzel's then US #2 34.47 300-meter run, a long jump by Gary Frazier of 21-10, and a triple jump by Ian Francis of 45-02.

Six individuals and three relays earned All-American honors at Nike Indoor Nationals. Solomon Haile of Sherwood won the national title in the 5k. Olivia Ekpone earned All-American in three events. Season bests in seven major girls events and five majors boys events were recorded. Several marks and times at NIN were the best indoor marks in mocorunning.com history including Haile in the 5k, Sean Stanley in the shot put, Caleb Porzel in the 60m, John Jones in the 400, Quince Orchard boys in the DMR, Ekpone in all three of her events, Alex Doll in the mile, and Churchill girls in the 4x8 and DMR.

Private school athletes do not compete for team titles indoors, but that did not stop many of them from attending the Montgomery Invitational, the Georgetown Prep Private School Invitational and many other meets across the DC area. Chiny Asher of Holy Cross claimed the top time in the county this year in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:05.11 at the Private School Invitational. Caleb Porzel of Good Counsel ran the top time in mocorunning.com history in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.47 in his only 55-meter race of the year. Jamie Gabriel of Landon continues to be the class of the county in the pole vault with a jump of 12-00 at the Private School Invitational.

All 2008 Indoor Results
Boys 2008 Indoor Leaderboard Girls 2008 Indoor Leaderboard

The 2008 indoor track season was unpredictable and thrilling, with different athletes coming up with amazing performances every week. MoCoRunning selects an athlete of the week for every week that there is competition. Athletes of the Week can always be found On This Page under "Fun Stuff"

2008-03-09Olivia EkponeThomas S. Wootton7.90 60m, 6th; 7.56 semi
55.86 400m, 2nd
24.95 200m, 2nd; 24.86 prelim
All-American in All 3
at Nike Indoor Nationals

2008-03-09Solomon HaileSherwood14:53.93 5k (1st)
National Champion
at Nike Indoor Nationals

2008-02-24Vanessa JulesPaint Branch5-06 High Jump (1st)
41.86 300m (7th)
at 3A State Championship

2008-02-24Ryan MullsteffDamascus6-06 High Jump
at 3A State Championship

2008-02-17Olivia EkponeThomas S. Wootton7.05 55m (1st, State Record)
39.49 300m (2nd)
at 4A State Championship

2008-02-17Avery GrahamClarksburg6.49 55m (1st, 2A State Record)
50-00.50 Shot Put (1st)
at 2A State Championship

2008-02-03Caleb PorzelGood Counsel6.46 55m Dash (1st)
at Private School Invitational

2008-02-03Chinyelu AsherAcademy of the Holy Cross5:15.73 1600m (1st)
11:05.11 3200m (2nd)
at Private School Invitational

2008-01-27Solomon HaileSherwood9:17.13 3200m (1st)
at Last Track to Philly

2008-01-27Arliegh RoseSherwood36-00.00 Shot Put (2nd)
at Last Track to Philly

2008-01-20Gary FrazierRichard Montgomery6.63 (6.58q) 55m(8th), 21-10 LJ (5th)
at Virginia Tech Invitational

2008-01-20Katie WolfWinston Churchill7.38 55m (12th), 40.94 300m (7th)
at Virginia Tech Invitational

2008-01-13Olivia EkponeThomas S. Wootton7.09 55m (1st), 40.76 300m (1st)
at Montgomery County Championship

2008-01-13Wil ZahorodnyDamascus1:05.09 500m (1st), 2:03.73 800m (6th)
at Montgomery County Championship

2008-01-06Alex DollBethesda Chevy Chase5:08.53 Mile (2nd)
at Montgomery Invitational

2008-01-06Derrick PowellNorthwood50.69 400m (1st)
at Montgomery Invitational

2007-12-30Alissa JewellGaithersburg42.32 300m (6th), 1:23.03 500m (6th)
at Southern MD Mega Meet

2007-12-30Brian GravesWalter Johnson9:45.13 3200m (1st)
at Southern MD Mega Meet

2007-12-23Ashley DabneyWheaton5-05 High Jump (1st)
at Montgomery County Developmental Meet

2007-12-23Avery GrahamClarksburg49-05.50 Shot Put (1st)
6.4 55m dash (1st)
at Montgomery County Developmental Meet

2007-12-162008 PB_RelaysPaint Branch1:50.64 4x200m (4th)
at Sportsplex HS Relays

2007-12-162008 Blair_RelaysMontgomery Blair3:41.66 1600m SMR (1st)
at Sportsplex HS Relays

2007-12-09Arielle StathamPaint Branch59.68 400m (1st), 26.17 200m (4th)
35-04.50 (2nd)
at HoCo Track Winterfest

2007-12-09John JonesPaint Branch51.01 400m (3rd), 23.52 200m (9th)
at HoCo Track Winterfest

2007-12-022008 Northwood_RelaysNorthwood3:40.69 1600m SMR (1st)
at HoCo/MoCo Challenge

2007-12-022008 Whitman_RelaysWalt Whitman21:59.1 4x1600m (1st)
at HoCo/MoCo Challenge

All Indoor 2008 Articles:

2008-03-18NIN 2008 Meet Notes
2008-03-02Chris Moen Interview
2008-02-26B-CC Girls Win 3A State Title
2008-02-22Win for Wil
2008-02-22Poolesville Wins 1A State Title
2008-02-22Jenny Reid Interview
2008-02-20Moen, Ekpone Break State Records
2008-02-20QO Wins 4A State Title
2008-02-17Indoor State Championship Preview
2008-02-174A State Poll
2008-02-161A State Poll
2008-02-162A State Poll
2008-02-09Private School Invite Recap
2008-02-04Burrito Mile Announcement
2008-01-23County Meet Recap
2008-01-23MoCo Championship Thoughts
2008-01-21County Championship Rankings
2008-01-18Indoor County Championship Poll
2008-01-13Montgomery Invitational Recap
2008-01-09Montgomery Invitational Preview
2007-12-26Developmental #2 Meet Notes
2007-12-23Wil Zahorodny Interview
2007-12-15Moco at Hoco Meet Notes
2007-12-12Developmental #1 Meet Notes
2007-12-08Hoco/Moco Meet Notes
2007-12-07Boys Indoor Preview 2008
2007-12-06Girls Indoor Preview 2008
2007-12-05Indoor Preseason Poll
2007-11-22Tyler Jackson Interview


All MoCoRunning Photos and Videos can be found on the MEDIA PAGE

MoCoRunning Photos

2008-03-16
NIN Pics
2008-02-26
3A State Pics
2008-02-21
3A West Pics
2008-02-19
4A State Pics
2008-02-10
Private School Invite Pics 1
2008-02-10
Private School Invite Pics 2
2008-02-02
Last Track Pics 2
2008-02-02
Last Track Pics 1
2008-01-22
Running-Stars County Pics
2008-01-22
IMBImages County Pics
2008-01-22
MoCo Pics I
2008-01-22
MoCo Pics II
2008-01-22
MoCo Pics III
2008-01-22
MoCo Pics IV
2008-01-22
MoCo Pics V
2008-01-18
M&B Classic Pics II
2008-01-18
M&B Classic Pics I
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite IV
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite III
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite II
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite I
2008-01-05
Southern MD Invitational

MoCoRunning Videos

2008-03-17
John Jones Interview
2008-03-17
Arielle Statham Highlights
2008-03-16
Chelsey Sveinsson Interview
2008-03-16
Olivia Ekpone Interview
2008-03-15
Solomon Haile Interview
2008-03-15
Neal Darmody Interview
2008-03-15
Alex Doll Interview
2008-02-28
4A Boys Shot Put
2008-02-28
4A State Boys High Jump
2008-02-28
4A State Girls Pole Vault
2008-02-27
Wayne Bartholomew Interview
2008-02-19
4A State Girls Shot Put
2008-02-19
Coach Pelkey Interview
2008-02-19
4A State Boys Pole Vault
2008-02-19
4A State Girls High Jump
2008-02-11
Private Invite Girls 500m
2008-02-11
Private Invite Girls 3200m
2008-02-11
Asher vs. Stasakova
2008-02-11
Caleb Porzel Interview
2008-02-11
Private Invite Boys 1600
2008-02-11
Private Invite Girls 300m
2008-02-11
Chiny Asher Interview
2008-02-11
Erika Stasakova Interview
2008-02-10
Private Invite Hurdles
2008-02-10
Private Invite Boys 55m
2008-02-10
Private Invite Girls 4x4
2008-02-10
Private Invite Boys 4x2
2008-02-07
4A West Boys 4x8 Interview
2008-02-06
4A West Boys 800m Relay
2008-02-06
4A West Girls 800m Relay
2008-02-06
4A West Boys 800m
2008-02-03
Last Track SMRs
2008-02-03
Last Track Girls Mile
2008-02-03
Last Track Boys Mile
2008-02-03
Last Track Boys 4x8
2008-02-02
Last Track Girls 4x4
2008-02-02
Last Track Boys 4x4
2008-02-02
Last Track Boys Pole Vault
2008-02-02
Alex Edleman Interview
2008-02-02
Solomon Haile Interview
2008-01-29
Gary Frazier Interview
2008-01-25
MoCo Championship Highlights
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Girls Mile
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Boys Mile
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Boys 3200
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Girls 3200
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Girls 4x4 Ht6
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Boys 4x4 Ht7
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Boys 4x4 Ht6
2008-01-12
Mont. Invite Boys 4x4 Ht5
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Boys 1600
2008-01-05
Southern MD Invite dash/hurdles
2008-01-05
Southern MD Invite Boys 3200
2008-01-05
Southern MD invite Boys 500
2008-01-05
Southern MD Invite Boys 4x8
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Girls 4x2
2008-01-05
Southern MD Invite Girls 4x2 Ht 2
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Boys 4x2 Ht 1
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Boys 1000
2008-01-05
Southern MD Invite Girls 1000
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Boys 800
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Girls 800
2008-01-05
Southern Md Invite Boys 4x2 Ht 2
2007-12-13
Developmental 1 Boys 800
2007-12-13
Developmental Boys 4x2
2007-12-13
Developmental Boys 4x4
2007-12-12
Developmental Girls 1600
2007-12-12
Developmental Boys 1600
2007-12-12
Developmental Boys 500
2007-12-12
Developmental Boys 3200
2007-12-12
Developmental Girls 4x200
2007-12-12
Developmental Girls 800





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