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2009 College Decisions
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2009-07-13


105 graduates from the class of 2009 shared their college decisions with mocorunning.com. Email webmaster@mocorunning.com if you would still like your college decision added to this article.


NameHigh SchoolCollegeComment

Jacob AdedejiQuince OrchardSalisbury University!Sea Gulls Track&Field!!!!

Kris AhlersSherwoodWest Virginia Wesleyan Collegexc..track

Matt AllenDeMathaUniversity of District of ColumbiaAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Pedro AlvaradoWinston Churchill High SchoolPenn StateTrack and Field

Lucas Alvarado-FarrarMontgomery BlairDartmouth CollegeMaybe run cross-country...

Michael AmoatengWatkins MillWesley CollegeFootball

Natalie AtabekGeorgetown VisitationDavidson College Cross Country and Track

Kyle BaldersonSherwoodMississippi Statexc, indoor & outdoor track

Wayne BartholomewQuince OrchardLa Salle Universitycross country and track & field

Brian BenkhadraDeMatha CatholicWidener UniversityGO Pride!

Matt BernsteinWinston ChurchillOberlinCross Country and Track

Jeremy BlairRichard MontgomeryPrinceton University

Lindsay BlankSherwood High SchoolMillersville University

Marcus BrownQuince Orchard!UMD Eastern ShoreFootball and track and field!

Owen CainGaithersburg HighUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore

Ramsey ChapinGeorgetown PrepStanford University

Eric ChenWinston Churchill HSColumbia University4x8? Naww...

Elaine ChungBlairRice UniversityNahhh

Taylor ColbertDamascusSalisbury UniversityXC and Track

Stephen CzujkoGood CounselDenison UniversityTrack

Ashley DabneyWheatonTowson

Matthew DavisSpringbrookUniversity of Maryland Baltimore Countywho knows?

Stephan DoliskaWatkins MillVirginia Tech

Will DraffinWinston ChurchillWashington U in St Louis

Olivia DurrPoolesville High SchoolDartmouth CollegeTrack & Field

Korine DuvalPaint BranchUMBCindoor/ outdoor track? maybe? I'll see when I get there...

Lawryn FowlerOur Lady of Good CounselFairleigh DickinsonDI Volleyball

Christian FrableB-CCUniversity of Pittsburghhopefully xc or track

Pablo GaliciaSt. Andrew'sUniversity of Rochester

Noah "g-money" GoetzelWinston ChurchillUniversity of Wisconsin-Madisonbuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

Avery GrahamClarksburgMarylandFootball and Track

Courtney GrammarSherwoodMessiah CollegeIndoor and Outdoor Track and Field!!

Jorge GranadosWheaton High SchoolWesley CollegeCross Country?

Steven HaColonel Zadok Magruder High SchoolMount Saint Marys UniversityTrack. :)

Solomon HaileSherwoodUniversity of ArkansasXC and Track

Jonathan HaleWalt WhitmanStanford UniversityWalking on for Track

Page HarrisClarksburgJacksonville Statetrack & field

Darren HarrisWinston Churchill High SchoolBucknell UniversityBison Track and Field!

Jonathan HaughtonBlairUniversity of Maryland Eastern Shore

Travis HawkinsQuince OrchardUniversity of MarylandFootball

Chris HernandezBullis SchoolBates CollegeCross Country, Track, Indoor Track

Fernando HerreraPaint Branch High SchoolUMCPMaybe running? Maybe swimming?

Michael HicksRichard MontgomerySalisbury UniversityXC and Track

Leroy HowardSt. Andrew'sCornell University

Keith HudsonNorthwood High SchoolAlabama State UniversityFootball and Track and Field

Jelani JenkinsGood CounselUniversity of FloridaFootball

Vanessa JulesPaint Branch High SchoolMarshall UniversityTrack & Field...Go Herd !!!!!

Ezra KebrabRichard MontgomeryColumbia UniversityNASCAR

Allante KeelsEpiscopal HighschoolUPennFootball and Track

Devin KellyGonzagaFordham UniversityXC/Track & Field

Thomas KimelblattWinston Churchill High SchoolDrew University

Sean KingChurchillPepperdine Universitydistance

Octavia KingBlakePenn State University

Nana LangaClarksburgMoravian CollegeTrack

Julia MertzRichard MontgomeryCornell University

Alana MooreRichard Montgomery Salisbury Universityprofessional sleeping

Aimee MooresQuince OrchardUniversity of Virginiatriathlons

Tyler MortonSpringbrookRobert Morris UniversityTrack <-- of course!

Joshua MoultrieMagruder East Carolina UniversityWalk on Track & Field possibly

Peter MyersMontgomery Blair High SchoolWesleyan UniversityWhen I get healthy

Svati NarulaMagruderDartmouth College

David NeumanWalt WhitmanOhio Wesleyan University

Christopher OnuigboNorthwestUniversity of Maryland: College ParkTrack? gotta convince the parents lol

Sam OyekoyaGonzagaBucknellFootball and maybe track

Antonio PalmerGaithersburg High SchoolEast Carolina University XC & Track

Rutvij PandyaMontgomery Blair University of Maryland College ParkQUIDDITCH! (maybe some running too, who knows)

Megan PattonDamascusElizabethtownXC

Gamika PereraKennedyUniversity of Maryland Baltimore CountyTrack?

Nicole PetersonGaithersburg High School Louisian State University LSU

Amirah PoliteWinston Churchill High SchoolWashington and Jefferson CollegeTrack Field!!

Anthony PopielWJ (2 yrs)Florida Staterunrun

Caleb PorzelGood CounselUMD TerpsFootball

Ibrahim RaheemAlbert EinsteinUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonBig Ten Track and Field!!

Genevieve ReardonSherwood High SchoolSaint Joseph's University

Jenny ReidPoolesville High SchoolUniversity of Pittsburgh

Hannah RichardsonBethesda Chevy Chase HSDickinson Collegesoccer and trackk

Andre RobertsWalter JohnsonEdinboro University of PennslyvaniaIndoor/Outdoor Track

Eva RodeznoRichard MontgomeryUniversity of Marylandprofessional slacking

Andrew RodriguezRichard MontgomeryWake Forest University

Lauren RoseGaithersburgUMD College ParkPolevault!!

Katie SalkeSherwoodTowson UniversityTrack

Zack ShapiroWalt WhitmanWilliams CollegeTrack & Field

Philip Shriver Walter Johnson Penn State Altoona Cross Country

Mayo SonkoMagruderMacalester CollegeScots Track & Field!

Anshul SoodMontgomery Blair High SchoolUniversity of Maryland - College Parkwe'll see

Arielle StathamPaint BranchUMD College ParkTrack & Field

Nick StavelyPoolesville High SchoolDuquesne UniversityKeep running in circles

Andi SunshineWalt WhitmanEmoryXC/Track & Field

David SweigartSpringbrookUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyXC/Track

Rico TaylorWheatonNorth Carolina A&T

Roni TeichWalter Johnson High SchoolVassar CollegeXC and Indoor/Outdoor Track

Nate TollSherwood High School United States Coast Guard Academy Baseball/Basketball

Addie TousleyBCCMiddlebury Collegexc & track

Kenny TsaoSpringbrookLoyola University New OrleansI want to learn to fly.

Tim UkwuaniMagruderLiberty Universtiywalk on track n field

Mike WallaceGood Counsel H.S.Penn StateFootball

Frank WenMontgomery BlairUniversity of ChicagoXC, track

Marcus WhitfieldNorthwestUniversity of Maryland - College ParkFootball

Marcus WillacyPaint Branch University Of PittsburghXC & Track

Duane WilsonWalter JohnsonMorehouse College

josh wittsherwooduniversity of central floridano mens track team WTF?! club baseball?

Malcolm WychePaint BranchMorehouse CollegeYEAAA....stickin to Academics down there

John YarchoanWalt WhitmanAmherstxc/track

Anthony Young-WisemanWalt WhitmanDukeFootball/Track & Field

Naseem ZietoonClarksburgHoodsoccer and hopefully track and field

Brown, Cain, Haughton to UMES

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore was busy this past year, successfully recruiting three of MoCo's finest state champions in Marcus Brown, Owen Cain, and Jonathan Haughton in addition to 23 foot long jumper Dwayne Powell from CH Flowers. Clarksburg graduate Page Harris, pictured with Haughton, will compete for Jacksonville State University next year.

Marcus Brown (center)

Owen Cain

Jonathan Haughton & Page Harris

Gaithersburg's Antonio Palmer has long been a star middle distance runner in Montgomery County. He won the 4A state title in the 800-meter run and had a high school PR of 1:53.66. He chose to attend Eastern Carolina University where he will run cross country and track. He says he chose ECU because of the diverse environment, limitless opportunities in academics, and strong athletic programs.

In the photo on the left, Antonio Palmer receives diploma from Gaithersburg High School principal Dr. Handy-Collins.

Steven Ha Signs with Mount St. Mary's University


Magruder Athletic Director, Karl Heimbach, Steven Ha, Coach Nathan Timm

Solomon Haile to University of Arkansas

Solomon Haile of Sherwood High School has decided to attend the University of Arkansas this fall. Solomon says he was not seriously considering Arkansas until his final college visit. He really enjoyed the visit and feels that the schools suits him best. Arkansas was 28th at the 2008 NCAA National Cross Country Championship and will lose their top runner to graduation. Solomon will be expected to have an immediate impact on the team. He was also considering Auburn University and Oklahoma State University.
Photo By: Cheryl Barnard

Since coming to America just over a year ago, Solomon has won the 5000 meter race at Nike Indoor Nationals (winter 2008), Nike Outdoor Nationals (spring 2008), Footlocker Nationals (fall 2008), and the National Scholastic Indoor Championship (winter 2009, where he held the national indoor high school record for a short time). He holds the Maryland high school state meet record for 3200 meters and holds cross country course records at the Manhattan Invitational 2.5 mile course at Van Cortlandt Park as well as the Hereford High School state championship course.

Arielle Statham Signs with UMD College Park

Arielle Statham of Paint Branch High School has signed with the University of Maryland - College Park on a full four year scholarship. This winter, Statham had one of the greatest indoor seasons ever by a Montgomery County athlete which included state titles in the 55-meter dash, 4x200-meter relay, 4x400-meter relay, and the overall team 3A state title. At the Virginia Tech Invitational, Arielle jumped 39-feet and 10.25-inches in the triple jump which may be the best jump ever by a Montgomery County athlete. That triple jump mark exceeded the best high school mark of former Paint Branch Panther Toni Aluko, who went on to become an ACC track & field champion with the UMD Terrapins.


Wayne Bartholomew Signs with La Salle

It is strange seeing Wayne Bartholomew wearing anything but red and black, but this Maryland 500m and 800m state champion will be sporting blue and gold for the next four years. Wayne will follow in the footsteps of his high school coach Seann Pelkey, who also graduated from QO and La Salle. Wayne is coming off a remarkable indoor season where he set the indoor state record in the 800-meter run with a personal best time of 1:55.98. He will be reunited with former QO teammate David Laratta, who (with the help of Josh Joson and Ryan Priovolos) set the outdoor 4x800 state record in 2008.


Georgetown Prep's Ramsey Chapin has chosen to attend Stanford University in Palo Alta, California to run cross country and track. He says that he was looking seriously at an impressive list of schools: Stanford, Princeton, Harvard, and Penn.

I feel the location offers a unique opportunity for a great and new experience and you can't beat the combination of academics and athletics.

Coming three years after former Georgetown Prep star runner Steven Duplinsky chose to run for Stanford, Chapin credits Duplinsky for setting the precedent, but said Duplinsky had no influence on his decision. He also says that he turned down all scholarship offers so the coaches can use that extra scholarship to further better the team. He looks forward to college running but is excited to finish out his high school career first.

Ramsey is the two time defending 800 and 1600 meter IAC champion. He has run the 1600 in 4:16.55 and has the top 1500-meter time in the mocorunning database: 3:54.55 at The Boston High Performance Series Race on 5-24-08.






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