The Poolesville girls are the defending indoor 1A state champions, and although much of their team from last year remains in tact, it seems unlikely that they return to the number one spot this year. Digital Harbor (1A Central Champs) and Williamsport (1A West Champs ahead of Poolesville) field strong teams that should score in most events. Poolesville will probably be fighting with Western STES, South Carroll, and Glenelg for a top five spot behind Digital Harbor and Williamsport.
Leading the way for Poolesville will by Olivia Durr. Coming off her third individual 1A West Region Title in the 55-meter hurdles, she will be shooting for her first indoor state title. Her time of 8.84 in the regional meet was the fastest among her competition at regional meets, and her season best time of 8.38 leads all 1A competitors by nearly a half second.
Jenny Reid should be right up front in the girls 1600, but she will have a tough time defending her indoor state title against South Carroll's Rachel Sykes who has dipped under 5:30 multiple times.
Karissa Harris should be able to score some points in the 55 and 300. She enters the meet with the second fastest 300-meter seed time.
The Poolesville girls should also be in the running to win the 4x800 and 4x400 relays.
It has been a while since the Poolesville boys have had a noticeable presence at the state championship meet, but they have a chance to score some points and maybe bring home a state title in a relay event this year. Sam Widmeyer and David Wilson qualified individually in the distance events, while their 4x800 relay heads into the meet with the second fastest seed by 3 seconds.
My guess would be that Middletown wins the girls 2A state title convincingly while the Montgomery County Clarksburg girls finish somewhere close to tenth place. Clarksburg enters the meet shooting for the girls state title in the 4x800 with the top seed of 10:13.45. Lauren Sumner will challenge individually for the 800m state title.
The boys' 2A West regional meet was a battle between Winters Mill and Clarksburg with Winters Mill coming out on top convincingly. The state meet should be similar with the two teams probably taking the top spots, but the score could be closer between the two. Avery Graham will be the favorite to win the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash and to help his team win the 4x200 relay. Graham is also capable of performing better than he did at the regional meet in the high jump. Mark Small will challenge for the 500-meter state title while Rob Thompson and Christian Smith will go after big points in the shot put. A best case scenario puts Clarksburg over 50 points.
Winters Mill was unstoppable in the distance events and also had very strong relays at the regional meet. A best case scenario for Winters Mill puts them over 70 points and out of reach from Clarksburg, but tougher competition in the distance events at the state meet gives Clarksburg hope that Winters Mill will stay within reach.
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