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Divisional Analysis Week 4
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2008-04-20


There were a few surprises in week 3, but I was still able to maintain my season record at 89% (95-12-1) after correctly predicting 30 of 34 last week. Three of my four incorrect picks came from Division I. The Sherwood boys, suffering from injury and sickness, are all but eliminated from a chance at the division title. B-CC on the other hand, fought their way back into contention by taking down Sherwood, and will by hoping that Sherwood can take down WJ, which would crown them division champions. WJ suffered its first loss to Churchill who is not in contention for the title. WJ can claim the division with a win over Sherwood and Kennedy.

Although a few teams had the opportunity to claim their division last week, only the Churchill girls were able to close out their dual meet season undefeated, claiming the Division I crown. Divisions I, II, and III boys and girls will all be decided this week.

There will be 34 match ups between 8 meets this week. As much as I would love to see some of these match ups this week, there will be no on site coverage from me this week. My job dictates that I be elsewhere for most of the week. You can still help me cover your meet by emailing me stories, pictures, or videos.

Boys Picks
Northwood over Springbrook
Northwood over Magruder
Springbrook over Magruder
Gaithersburg over Quince Orchard
Gaithersburg over Paint Branch
Quince Orchard over Paint Branch
Clarksburg over Einstein
Clarksburg over Rockville
Einstein over Rockville
Poolesville over Seneca Valley
Wootton over Whitman
Wootton over Blake
Whitman over Blake
B-CC over Wheaton
WJ over Sherwood
WJ over Kennedy
Blair over Watkins Mill
Girls Picks
Springbrook over Northwood
Magruder over Northwood
Magruder over Springbrook
Gaithersburg over Quince Orchard
Gaithersburg over Paint Branch
Paint Branch over Quince Orchard
Clarksburg over Einstein
Clarksburg over Rockville
Einstein over Rockville
Poolesville over Seneca Valley
Wootton over Whitman
Wootton over Blake
Whitman over Blake
B-CC over Wheaton
WJ over Sherwood
WJ over Kennedy
Blair over Watkins Mill

Girls Standings

Churchill

5-0

Walter Johnson

2-1

Sherwood

2-1

Kennedy

1-2

B-CC

1-3

Wheaton

0-4

Wootton

3-0

Northwest

4-1

Whitman

2-1

Blake

1-2

Blair

1-3

Watkins Mill

0-4

Clarksburg

5-0

Springbrook

4-1

R. Montgomery

3-2

Magruder

2-2

Northwood

1-3

Einstein

1-3

Rockville

0-5

Damascus

4-1

Paint Branch

2-1

Poolesville

2-1

Gaithersburg

1-1

Quince Orchard

1-2

Seneca Valley

0-4

Boys Standings

B-CC

3-1

Walter Johnson

2-1

Sherwood

2-1

Churchill

3-2

Wheaton

1-3

Kennedy

0-3

Blair

4-0

Northwest

4-1

Wootton

1-2

Whitman

1-2

Watkins Mill

1-3

Blake

0-3

Clarksburg

5-0

Northwood

3-1

Magruder

3-1

Springbrook

3-2

R. Montgomery

2-3

Einstein

0-4

Rockville

0-5

Quince Orchard

3-0

Gaithersburg

2-0

Paint Branch

2-1

Damascus

3-2

Poolesville

0-3

Seneca Valley

0-4


Division I

The Churchill girls claimed this division by winning their fourth and fifth consecutive meets last week.

The boys situation is totally up in the air right now after both Sherwood and WJ suffered their first losses last week. This gave every team in the division at least one loss. B-CC can win the division if they beat Wheaton and if Sherwood beats WJ. WJ can win the division by beating Sherwood and Kennedy. Sherwood can win the division if they beat WJ, WJ loses to Kennedy, and B-CC loses to Wheaton.

Essentially, Walter Johnson has the easiest path to the division title while Sherwood has almost no prayer since they do not control their own destiny. But Sherwood holds the fate of the B-CC team if they can spoil WJ's run.

Division II

The Blair boys have won Division II whether they win or not on Tuesday, but they should be able to run away from Watkins Mill easily this week to remain undefeated.

The Wootton girls will compete in their final divisional meet against Blake and Whitman. They should have little trouble with either team after handling Northwest and Blair well last week.

The Wootton, Blake, and Whitman boys will meet in a match up that will be nothing more than a practice meet since they all lost to Blair earlier this season. The Wootton boys have been trying hard to keep up with the accomplishments of their girls team this year and could improve to a 3-2 record with a good showing.

Division III

Clarksburg has one more hurdle before they become the only school in the county to claim both the boys and girls divisional title - they have to take down the winless Rockville team. Einstein will also be there to keep things interesting.

Division IV

Quince Orchard, Gaithersburg, @ Paint Branch will be the meet of the season, but as I mentioned above, I will be unable to attend and cover this meet. This meet will have everything - 50 foot shot putters, 20 foot long jumpers, 40 second hurdlers, and all-american sprinters and distance runners. Everything is on the line for these teams, as only one team can make it through undefeated and the winner will likely win the division. The big question is whether they will use this meet as a tune up for Penn Relays later in the week, or if they will rest through it because Penn Relays is later in the week. I would guess it will be somewhere in between - the stars will compete, but likely won't spread themselves thin for four events. Even still, when the athletes toe the line, their inner competitiveness will still come out and make for a great meet.

The indoor state champion QO team will face off against the equally formidable Gaithersburg team. Paint Branch has strong athletes but does not seem as deep as QO and Gburg. Both teams have looked great so far, but Gaithersburg seems to have more athletes contributing to their team score, which gives them a big advantage if QO is trying to rest for Penn Relays. QO may be able to sweep some of the distance events without tiring themselves out, but Gaithersburg will be stronger in the field and sprints. The two teams will meet in the middle in the 800 meter race and the hurdles, where both teams are strong. Gaithersburg should win this one unless QO or PB can come up with an answer for their field athletes.

The Paint Branch girls are in position to tie Poolesville and Damascus for the division title, but making it past QO and Gaithersburg is no easy task. Gaithersburg continues to prove that they are among the top sprinting schools in the county, but Paint Branch is just about as fast and will sting them in the jumps. Gaithersburg should, however, be able to rack up points in the distance events against PB. Tossing QO into the mix won't make much of a difference, as QO has not yet shown that it has the depth to compete in enough events.





Article Comments - Add A Comment

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Anonymous
2008-04-22 20:13:37

PB girls beat G-Burg.

Anonymous
2008-04-22 20:16:45

wj boys won division yo

Anonymous
2008-04-22 21:58:06

northwoods SB results are incorrect, the hurdler who supposedly won is an 800 runner, mix up in the numbers

Anonymous
2008-04-22 22:07:18

wootton girls won division 2

Anonymous
2008-04-22 22:22:24

PB girls tied w/ Damascus & Poolesville for Division Title. PB girls second year in a row as Division Champs.

Anonymous
2008-04-23 23:27:09

If Poolesville loses to Gaithersburg, Damascus wins outright and Paint Branch gets nothing.

Anonymous
2008-04-26 19:48:39

Wrong. Paint Branch & Damascus Both Will Tie && Win The Division If Poolesville Falls To G-Burg. & G-Burg Will Still Get Nothing Either way. PB & DA both have only 1 loss.

Anonymous
2008-04-26 19:49:18

true. because damascus lost to poolesville.

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