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Divisional Analysis Week 1
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2009-03-22


It is time once again for dual meet action to begin across Montgomery County. I will be predicting the outcome of every dual meet this season for your entertainment. I will offer my thoughts and opinions on the most interesting match ups in articles like this one.

I hope to maintain divisional standings on the front page of mocorunning.com throughout the season. For this I need 100% of dual meet scores. Coaches should email me their dual meet scores at webmaster@mocorunning.com. Many coaches also choose to send me full or partial individual results which is also encouraged, but at the very least, please send the scores so I can maintain the standings. Thanks in advance!

Many teams will test themselves on Tuesday or Wednesday for the first time this outdoor season. I suspect most of these teams have a few new athletes that no one knows about yet. My first predictions of the season are usually the shakiest, so go easy on me.

I will try to attend at least one dual meet per week. Since I can't be everywhere at once, student athletes, parents, and friends are encouraged to help me cover all of the meets by emailing me stories, pictures, or videos.

Girls Standings

B-CC

0-0

Churchill

0-0

Walter Johnson

0-0

Kennedy

0-0

Sherwood

0-0

Wheaton

0-0

Blair

0-0

Blake

0-0

Northwest

0-0

Watkins Mill

0-0

Whitman

0-0

Wootton

0-0

Clarksburg

0-0

Einstein

0-0

Magruder

0-0

R. Montgomery

0-0

Northwood

0-0

Rockville

0-0

Springbrook

0-0

Damascus

0-0

Gaithersburg

0-0

Paint Branch

0-0

Poolesville

0-0

Quince Orchard

0-0

Seneca Valley

0-0

Boys Standings

B-CC

0-0

Churchill

0-0

Walter Johnson

0-0

Kennedy

0-0

Sherwood

0-0

Wheaton

0-0

Blair

0-0

Blake

0-0

Northwest

0-0

Watkins Mill

0-0

Whitman

0-0

Wootton

0-0

Clarksburg

0-0

Einstein

0-0

Magruder

0-0

R. Montgomery

0-0

Northwood

0-0

Rockville

0-0

Springbrook

0-0

Damascus

0-0

Gaithersburg

0-0

Paint Branch

0-0

Poolesville

0-0

Quince Orchard

0-0

Seneca Valley

0-0


Boys Picks
Clarksburg over Magruder
Clarksburg over Springbrook
Springbrook over Magruder
Blair over Wootton
Richard Montgomery over Einstein
Northwest over Watkins Mill
Gaithersburg over Seneca Valley
Churchill over Walter Johnson
Northwood over Rockville
Sherwood over Kennedy
Sherwood over B-CC
B-CC over Kennedy
Damascus over Paint Branch
Whitman over Blake
Girls Picks
Clarksburg over Magruder
Clarksburg over Springbrook
Magruder over Springbrook
Wootton over Blair
Einstein over Richard Montgomery
Northwest over Watkins Mill
Gaithersburg over Seneca Valley
Churchill over Walter Johnson
Northwood over Rockville
Sherwood over Kennedy
Sherwood over B-CC
B-CC over Kennedy
Damascus over Paint Branch
Whitman over Blake

Division I

It is a new year with new athletes, but the divisions remain the same. Last year, the Churchill girls easily ended the season undefeated in dual meets while the boys teams all ended the season with at least one loss (Walter Johnson won the division in a tie breaker).

The Churchill girls should again be able to skate by all of their opponents without maximum effort. Their ability to cover all of the events at an elite level should prove too much for the other teams in the division.

The boys side of this division is a little more cloudy. Churchill and WJ may be the largest two teams in the county and therefore have an advantage against the rest of the teams in their division. Churchill and WJ match up well with strong distance runners and each with a sprinter who qualified for the indoor state meet. Rather than debate which team is better in the events longer than 800-meters, I would look around and see which team can better cover the field events and hurdles. Churchill has shown that it has a few prospects to cover these events. Walter Johnson will find just how valuable Ian Francis was to their team now that he has graduated. I think Churchill's depth will carry them through this one.

B-CC will host Sherwood and Kennedy. I think the Sherwood boys and girls are actually pretty well-rounded at the dual meet level while B-CC and Kennedy have several areas to address. Thea LaFond vs. Katie Salke in the hurdles should be fun to watch.

Division II

Jessie Rubin, Katie Falk, and a number of other Wootton girls were hybernating this winter. If they return to the team, they will be tough to beat. The Blair girls have some speed. While Sarah McMillian of Blair can probably sweep the sprints, Rubin should have no trouble in the distance events and the other Lady Patriots should fill out the remaining events.

Division III

The Clarksburg boys and girls swept division III last year and I think they should do it again this year. Both the boys and girls teams should be unbeatable in the sprints and throwing events. They have some athletes in the jumps and hurdles as well leaving a few distance events as their only potential weakness.

Richard Montgomery vs. Einstein is a pretty good matchup. Both boys teams looked like they were doing a pretty good job rebuilding this indoor season after graduating several key seniors. RM showed a little more depth and strength this indoor season so I think they can get past Einstein.

The Einstein girls have been gradually improving and have some pretty good weapons to take on a team like RM. RM is young and will have a tough time in dual meets this year.

Northwood vs. Rockville. Neither team scored a single point at the indoor county championship, but I think outdoors will be a different story. I've been told Rockville has a new coach and they got some good athletes from their school to join the team. From Northwood, Keith Hudson and Le'Quisha Parker should be out in full force and because of them, I give Northwood the edge.

Division IV

Paint Branch may have won the indoor state title with five girls, but it is a lot tougher to win a dual meet with five girls, especially against Damascus. Afterall, the two teams did tie for the win at the indoor 3A West Region meet this winter. I expect Paint Branch will have a few more athletes come out from the basketball team this spring, but I'm not sure how well they will match up against Damascus. For both the boys and girls, Damascus should be expected to clean up in distance events, but also be competitive in all other events. When in doubt, I always pick the team that I think has more depth (Damascus in this case), but this should be a pretty good meet all around.





Article Comments - Add A Comment

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Anonymous
2009-03-22 15:00:13

i like how wotton is the only team mention in division 2 .. it's not like they are the favorites ..

Anonymous
2009-03-22 15:26:23

Wootton girls are going to be very good this year. Katie Falk is not running outdoor, but many girls that didn't do indoor are running outdoor and look very strong. Watch out for the mid distance.

Anonymous
2009-03-22 15:47:48

GO WOOTTON, YOU'RE THE FAVORITES!!!

Anonymous
2009-03-22 16:24:17

no your not .. your not going to win a division title with a strong middle distance ..

Anonymous
2009-03-22 18:19:57

well since Olivia is injured northwest doesn't look any better than wootton

Anonymous
2009-03-22 20:15:55

WJ.......JOKE!!!!!

Anonymous
2009-03-22 20:16:19

i totally agree. wj...JOKE

just a friend of a friend
2009-03-22 20:19:54

well Northwest has a very strong team with or without Olivia Ekpone so does whitman Jessie Rubin may be a god distance runner but wotton has no depth .. even if she triples in the 8,Mile and 2 mile northwest will be most likey 2-3-4 thats 20 pts and rubin being off a whole season most likey won't be first in the 800 mile or 2 mile

l33tweasley
2009-03-22 21:43:48

WJ is a joke... especially that Nicholas Regan guy

Anonymous
2009-03-23 07:52:09

yeah paint branch won the state title with five girls but they have a lot more talent than just those five. both teams have a lot on their plate. we'll see wednesday. nice write up!

Anonymous
2009-03-23 08:24:10

Jessie ran indoor she just didnt race. she got really fast. and wootton has talent in sprints, field, and mid distance.

Anonymous
2009-03-23 09:43:32

watch out for RM distance. some strong new runners that didnt do indoor and everyone is back from indoor stronger then ever.

Anonymous
2009-03-23 10:30:04

oh please sean we all know you love nick...

Anonymous
2009-03-23 11:44:10

YEAH!!! Let's cise my team... YEAH!!!... save it for the track... If you have something to say about the article then say it, otherwise... We don't need to hear rumors about new athletes until they get on the track and do something.

SBtrack
2009-03-23 11:52:20

Sry to disappoint the Paint Branch fans... (being one myself), but beating Damascus will be extremely difficult. They have the talent to sweep the 8, 16, 32. That along with their new freshman, who I saw first hand is extremely talented. Paint Branch may win the 1,2,4,TJ, and HJ. but I dont know if they have the depth to compete with a team as deep as Dam. However I would put this and clarksburg Sb, as the meets to watch. CB will pick up points in the sprints and throws, Springbrook will get points in the hurdles as well as the 800 and jumps, they will prob split the 400 and the relays, I would say this meet comes down to the 16 and the 32. Finally WJ and Churchill should be a great distance battle just like last year where moen vs BCC, Churchill is probably just too deep in all the events, WJ has Duane but he can only do so much. Theres my upset alerts, good luck to all teams

Anonymous
2009-03-23 13:14:52

ummm wootton is the defending county champ so until someone beats them they are still the champs

Anonymous
2009-03-23 20:10:26

SBtrack you're right...you've seen dmass run, but haven't seen paint branch. they never go down without a fight. and the freshman from dmass can't do it alone...atleast not against a team like paint branch.

Anonymous
2009-03-23 21:08:56

seneca needs to stop fakin and bring all the senior football player out that run 4.2's and stuff because that school abviously has talent and heart just need someone to get these people out there. there team this season i think has alot of heart but the faster people on the team give up after losing because of lack of patience and practices but iwish them luck

Anonymous
2009-03-23 21:11:51

oo yea word up seneca could be major contenders they need to actually ana be up there. Id like to remind them that footballs not the only thing u should be good at. I kno some of the basketball players r bummed about not winning states and football so why not have them come out and compete?

Anonymous
2009-03-23 21:22:21

seneca -_- what they need to do is actualy have more guys beside like that one freshman and couple of sophmores and jouniors who care.

Anonymous
2009-03-23 21:22:58

i heard that freshman boy got a big bro and they say that kid is about to be incredible

Anonymous
2009-03-23 21:24:40

yall talkin bout the black boy at seneca freshman whos brothers a junior and its not just him but i heard he broke a 25 on a bad knee at one of senecas invitationals. i heard like hes fast like lol not to be homo but i think i just wana see him run

jillybilly108
2009-03-23 21:27:02

if he brakes a 23 his next race hes a lil avery lol. but they say seneca got some boy kwami or w.e junior pretty fast idk but talk is cheap....untill i see seneca win and be mad serious naww im givin all my reps to clarcksburg or something

borntorun
2009-03-23 21:31:57

pshh why yall rappin bout the valley on here lets talk bout rm's long distance so many new people for outdoor i heard bout alot of lil freshman boys like the one from svhs who comin out of no where i think people r breeding kids for track now

jillybilly108
2009-03-23 21:36:37

if u dnt understand he has never ran track in his life till his high school year. he ran a 24.4 with a bad knee in his first outdoor invitational.. and hes a freshman p shh that's craziness find me someone who runs that fast as a freshman and goes to Seneca valley of all schools like that and this his first outdoor season ever

kobess_lower_then_me
2009-03-23 21:38:13

i'd like to see this but yea i heard rm long distance comin up Wait what ever happened to wmhs are they getting better? yall think they could beat clarksburg

dark***lantern
2009-03-23 21:38:53

pshh no lol i wish...

Korine
2009-03-23 22:54:45

Damascus as a whole is always a good competitor... interested in experiencing whatever happens on weds........

Anonymous
2009-03-23 22:57:22

Damacus has distance! But Paint Branch has a little bit of outdoor distance. Not only they have hurdels too. Paint Branch is a well rounded team and I think they can do it! it well be a nice meet. Come out to see it in action!!

Korine
2009-03-23 22:58:46

nice write up, btw

Anonymous
2009-03-24 17:21:12

Dmass = depth

Anonymous
2009-03-24 18:29:11

dmass and paint branch tomorrow at paint branch @ 3:30m. Come to the meet, both teams are very well rounded.

Anonymous
2009-03-24 19:22:58

yeah i see what your talking about that boy name cudjoe and he bro lil cudjoe they the dynamic dual Them two boys bout destroy some records and their relay team is incredible you should have saw them give Gburg the battle Seneca valley 4x2 is about to do wonders and yall gone be surprise so idk why yall stay rapping bout other schools and not the valley

Anonymous
2009-03-24 20:23:34

why dont we wait to see who shows up & who doesnt. leave it all on the track. really anxious to see this kid from senecca run. any videos of him up yet?

3/5 Runner
2009-03-24 21:22:04

Watch out for Mabeke Segojane on WJ, he will be good by cougar relays.

Anonymous
2009-03-25 21:00:52

nice predictions/write up kevin :)

born_to_write
2009-03-25 21:50:40

Isaac cudjoe? Seneca valley freshman ..i went to his meet on tuesday .all i can say is he is born to run. he literally sprinted up a hill from shot barefoot got there put spikes on panting for air and got set no blocks and ran a 11.66 ....i mean honestly i thought y'all was just rapping bout him but i saw him on his 4x2's team run he was behind completely destroyed the corner caught up and gathersburgs 4x200 team only beat them by 1.00 seconds. Ive honestly never seen anyone who loves to catch up and embarrassed people like he does but Avery graham of clarcksburg..well seneca 4x2 team is bout to be nice just liek a couple years back when q.o got 4 random kids seneca is reacting that but this time with two brothers ...and the weird thing is they dnt brag..there humble

jillybilly108
2009-03-25 21:59:48

i told you man ...all y'all lil freshmans watch out cause Ive seen allot of freshman talent but this kid at Seneca is nasty with it...i actually drove down to Seneca just to watch him run couldn't take a picture or video to prove it but all ill say is on his 200 dash he cramped up and grabbed his legs half the race but still got a 25 something...and got third place...i literally saw him clench his hamstring the legs and just looked up and smiled and turned on speed lls dang

born_to_write
2009-03-25 22:07:40

lol yeaa i saw it too.he was smiling about begin in pain loll and still got third. R u guy sure hes never ran in his life cause dang

Anonymous
2009-03-25 22:21:44

Stop cising this guy, when he wins a race we can talk... but an 11.66 hand time? really... thats not good... Don't even think of comparing him to Avery... Your 4x2 can't even break 1:37... That is disgusting... This kid may be good but let him do it on the track he doesn't need you loud mouths to spam this thing about how he ran from here to there to this place and ran this time. If he is in back to back events its the coaches decision it doesn't make him hard or something. "and the weird thing is they dnt brag..there humble" Who needs to brag when you do all the talkin?

born_to_write
2009-03-25 22:43:43

aye chill dammn we was jusst saying he was good as a freshman i dnt know what ur talkin bout but i go to paint branch so chill i just heard bout him talkin to the other dude bout him hes definaly not avery we know that so chilln and like you said i will let him do the talkin on the track so relax im impressed he ran 11.66 with a torn meniskis or w.e his teammate told me so chill damm stright he aint avery ...nut yea so dnt go jumping down my throat i wasnt sicin him at all just talkin bout how he is so far so calm down i mean freshman torn maniskis still runs.. so calm that lil additude down who ever you are

jillybilly108
2009-03-25 22:48:52

Naww disrespect want trying to since him yea u right let him talk by himself that's was up i feel you on this joint but yea i got to Q.O all day. i wish all the schools the best of luck straight up this seasons bout to be good and good luck to all yall that be reading. good luck to my mans freshi boy in the valley hope ur knee or w.e its called gets better so u can run better...oo yea hell nahes no avery im admit that

kobess_lower_then_me
2009-03-25 22:50:40

who yall think gonna take it for girls 4x2 like honestly

pbrunner
2009-03-25 22:54:35

im be serious say paint branch....obviously everyone will say there own school loll but hey i say paint branch but for real dnt sice no one on here cause usually they dnt find out till mid season and then u ginx it for them and they brake something lol but good look to all them kids yall sicing lol

pdrunner
2009-03-25 23:01:08

why would yall talk bout the valley lol ....damascus's laqisha or w.e pshh girl fried them at the inivtational lol....i heard that freshman dude not even bout to stay at the valley heard hes goin to clarcksburg lol poor kid get SOME DAMN SURGERY LOL my lil cuzzo run for the valley and she asked him if he knew that ppl was rappin and he said he dnt care ppl can go ahead hes not running for publicity and he appriciates th respect but he would like for ppl to not mention his name on here he runs cause he like it not cause hes here to brag lol idk he seems like a cool kid

Anonymous
2009-03-25 23:02:27

aww shutup how long is this goin to go on plz someone talk to me when he brakes records or does all this stuf and okay if he has a bad knee whos fault is that...plz do what he says and leave his name outa this

RAWR
2009-03-25 23:06:46

It is a new year with new athletes lets leave it up to them on the track..plz shutup bout the kid i mean now yall kno he said stop let him grow up like we all have hes gonna lose eventually and hes goin to win eventually we all went threw it well me personaly as a girl i did but yea my schools bout to fry. lol wmhs for life lol

NASTYNIKES
2009-03-25 23:11:18

who ever said this If he is in back to back events its the coaches decision it doesn't make him hard or something. thats funny lol and true but i dnt think he cares bout what ppl say.lol good luck isaac hope u switch to wmhs :]... YES HES GOIN TO CLACKSBURG soon...

Anonymous
2009-03-25 23:12:27

shutupppppp ppll dang lol leave him alone talk bout someone who has broken records plz naw no lets actualy talk bout the schools that wana win bad idk but Damascus depth hahaah damn

:)
2009-03-26 17:13:37

THE BEST SHOWED UP AND THE BEST WON !!!!! GO PB GIRLS !!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
2009-03-26 18:18:02

on the real the real teamz to watch 4 this year is clarksburg both girls and boyz dey got many returner'z doin big things STILL.. ND MAD TALLENT

observer
2009-03-30 21:16:53

Wootton does have depth, how else would they have placed 3rd at cougar relays? one point away from 2nd?

Anonymous
2009-04-02 09:35:03

WOOTON??????? PLEASSSSSSSSEEEE - OK, if you don't know, now you know. NW girls CRUSHED Wooton. 85 - 52. The boys did too, but that was no surprise to anyone. It's a new day at NW for sprinters. NW has always been known for distance and cross country, but now they have the coaches of the Maryland Titans (Dave and Lexi Knight) coaching the sprinters and the girls and boys are going to be VERY HARD to beat.

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