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Preseason Poll Results - Boys
By: Kevin Milsted
2009-09-02 conducted an open online poll between August 18 and August 30 for anyone to rank their top teams in the county. 88 valid boys individual votes were collected and tabulated to form the ranking you see below.

10. Zachary Weinstein - Churchill 2012

Poll Points: 107
2008 County Finish: DNR
2008 4A West Region Finish: DNR
2008 4A State Finish: DNR

Zach Weinstein may be young, but last spring he hammered 3200 races on the track like a high school veteran. After running 4:45 and 10:09 as a freshman, fans have high expectations for his first season of high school cross country.

9. Sam Martin - Richard Montgomery 2011

Poll Points: 139
2008 County Finish: 23
2008 4A West Region Finish: 28
2008 4A State Finish: DNR

Sam Martin captured the attention of fans when he placed second in the 1600 at the Montgomery County T&F Championship. He lowered his best time to 4:28, becoming only the third county sophomore to break 4:30 in four years of coverage by mocorunning. Fans are expecting similar progression on the XC course.

8. Thomas Arias - Damascus 2010

Poll Points: 290
2008 County Finish: 21
2008 3A West Region Finish: 2
2008 3A State Finish: 7

Thomas Arias ran a personal best 3200 in 9:50.96 just a few hours after helping his team win the 4x800 state title. He will be looking to pull that Damascus pack closer to the front of XC races this season.

7. Brandt Silver-Korn - Whitman 2010

Poll Points: 293
2008 County Finish: 10
2008 4A West Region Finish: 11
2008 4A State Finish: 10

Brandt Silver-Korn missed a significant amount of time during his entire junior year due to an injury, but is finally looking healthy for the start of the 2009 XC season. Despite injuries, he still managed tenth place at counties and states last year.

6. Chris Miller - Northwest 2011

Poll Points: 309
2008 County Finish: 11
2008 4A West Region Finish: 4
2008 4A State Finish: 6

Chris Miller got his 3200 time down to 9:58.16 during indoor track before returning to the lacrosse field in the spring. Not running outdoor track has not slowed him down in the past and its fair to expect another great season out of him.

5. Ishan Dey - Walter Johnson 2010

Poll Points: 357
2008 County Finish: 12
2008 4A West Region Finish: 12
2008 4A State Finish: 14

Ishan Dey was an unsung hero of last year's state champion team, but fans now expect him to prominently be one of the best runners in the county, especially after his 9:45.31 3200 race last spring.

4. Alex Willett - Walter Johnson 2011

Poll Points: 371
2008 County Finish: 7
2008 4A West Region Finish: 5
2008 4A State Finish: 7

It was not that surprising to see Alex Willett crack the top ten in the county last year, but to run 16:04 for seventh place was just crazy. He shied away from the 3200 during track, but there's no question he will return to the front of the XC pack this fall.

3. Nicolas Escobar - Magruder 2010

Poll Points: 614
2008 County Finish: 4
2008 4A West Region Finish: 3
2008 4A State Finish: 13

Fans are looking for a big senior year out of Nicolas Escobar who has been running with the leaders for a long time. He was fourth at last year's county XC meet, but the competition has not gotten any softer. His 9:44 on the track is the second fastest returning time.

2. Sean O'Leary - Walter Johnson 2010

Poll Points: 718
2008 County Finish: 6
2008 4A West Region Finish: 6
2008 4A State Finish: 5

Sean O'Leary's rapid improvement since his sophomore year has been impressive. His 4:24 on the track this spring is the second fastest returning time. He is the consensus #2 pick by mocorunning fans with 48 out of 88 second place votes.

1. Andrew Palmer - Whitman 2010

Poll Points: 875
2008 County Finish: 2
2008 4A West Region Finish: 2
2008 4A State Finish: 2

Andrew Palmer received first place votes from 85 out of 88 voters in this mocorunning poll. THAT'S RESPECT. Then again, how could anyone in good conscience vote for anyone else? He won the cross country state title as a sophomore before the would-be national champion Solomon Haile enrolled at Sherwood. After a full year of finishing in second place behind Haile, nothing will get in his way of sweeping county, region, and state titles. We will have to wait until the end of September to see him race because he is planning to extend his season right through the state meet to nationals. He is undecided at this point whether he will try to return to Nike Cross Nationals or try for Footlocker Nationals. On the track last year, he ran 4:19 for 1600 meters and 9:22.14 for two miles, a time that converts to the third fastest 3200 time of the decade by a county athlete.

Tie Breaker: The tie breaker question asked the voters to predict the winning boys time at the county championship meet regardless of who they thought would win. The average answer for the boys was 15:36.


2009-09-02 21:29:33

only one sophomore on the WHOLE list and it's Zach Wienstien from churchill, and ellis isn't even on there. Who's the best now

2009-09-02 21:31:35

only one sophomore on the WHOLE list and it's Zach Wienstien from churchill, and ellis isn't even on there. Who's the best now

2009-09-02 21:39:39

yeah man, he's the best, they shouldn't even race

2009-09-02 22:28:28

O'leary in the top 5?.... J-O-K-E

2009-09-02 22:29:25

Lolz. Its just predictions, if anyone really has to smack talk do it after the race lol

2009-09-02 22:54:04

You're a joke

2009-09-02 22:57:36

fry sesh

2009-09-03 12:10:25

I bet Ellis was 11th. What has Churchill won? nothing, so until you win something shut it

2009-09-03 14:56:46

nobody has won anything yet this season hasnt even started

2009-09-03 17:16:48

calm down

2009-09-03 17:27:41

well i guess we know which school voted the most.

2009-09-03 17:33:15

both zach and josh are really gifted runners, stop being immature and lets see how the season plays out

2009-09-03 18:16:14

yea guys, just wait for the season to go on to see how it turns out, and these r just predictions

2009-09-03 18:36:47

The only people who do this stuff anyways is wj people. That is why it is all a joke

2009-09-03 19:38:37

considering last years counties?... seems like the 3 WJ people did get top 15. and since a lot of seniors graduated? seems legit... i'm not from WJ either. so yeah.

2009-09-03 22:38:14

this is not churchill character or sportsmanship. it is a few team members exaggerating their thoughts and giving the team a bad rap

2009-09-04 11:17:48

mmm tasy.

2009-09-04 11:18:11

scratch that. i meant tasy

2009-09-04 11:18:26


2009-09-05 17:15:59

its most def churchill kids as the majority, im saying it from personal knowledge

2009-09-05 17:30:45

no you're a towel

2009-09-05 17:43:36

Wow seriously just calm down this is ridiculous. I don't care who says what. Just wait. I don't care how much you disagree with someones opinion. Its an OPINION. Actions are much stronger than words. If you don't like what people are saying, or want to prove something then let it fuel you to do better, not waste your energy arguing on the internet

2009-09-07 11:44:25

Very smart last comment, thanks. No need for negative thinking! Let's celebrate and cheer the runners who have been selected. All ten are awesome runners. And let's cheer all other runners as well since they all deserve encouragements!

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