The Wootton boys ran hard, ran smart, and truly gave Richard Montgomery a scare in an effort to defend their home turf today, but the RM boys collected themselves late in the race and got the victory. The race was not nearly as easy as the score of 23 to 33 indicates.
It was fantastic fun to watch this race unfold from atop the Frost Middle School athletic fields. I've long heard about the brutal Wootton home course, but I never made my way out to a dual meet there until now. With a pretty big hill that is repeated twice and a very large hill that is repeated three time, there's no doubt about the course's brutality, and with the heat and humidity today being worse than it has been in several days, no outcome would have surprised me.
The RM boys pulled the pack out hard early, taking all of the top seven spots when they first hit the large hill. Over the course of the first mile, RM's Sam Martin, James McNamara, and Jeremy Batt had the top three spots with Luke Smith of Wootton close behind in fourth.
Entering the large hill for the second time, Jack McCullough of RM had the fifth spot followed by four Wootton runners. As the runners crested the hill, a shift occurred and the race changed in the blink of an eye. Around a field of practicing football players, Smith moved into third place ahead of Batt, breaking up the potential 1-2-3 sweep by RM. Two Wootton runners, and then four Wootton runners swallowed up McCullough for fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth places.
The runners looped around the middle school and back down to the field level where the coaches were. If the RM runners were unaware of how the race was unfolding, their coaches let them know about it when they passed by. This may have "woken up" the RM guys.
With less than a mile to go, Batt worked his way back up to Smith and passed him. He worked his way back up to his teammates and the three cruised home to take the 1-2-3 sweep of the top spots. McNamara edged out Martin 18:02 to 18:04. McCullough also regained his composure on the final mile, putting most of the Wootton runners behind him and only losing to Smith and Will Severynse.
Wootton showed some heart, but RM flexed its muscles and got the win.
The Wootton girls did what they were supposed to do. They defeated RM 15 to 46. Jessie Rubin won in 19:52.
Girls: Wootton 15 RM 46
1. Jessie Rubin W 19:52
2. Andrea Maxwell W 21:40
3. Amy Levine W 22:05
4. Madeline Rico W 22:29
5. Karen Cohen W 22:37
6. Fatima Resendiz RM 23:22
7. Abby Titmas RM 23:34
8. Abby Peller W 23:44
9. Emma Tolerton RM 24:15
10. Cara Lahr W 24:22
Boys: RM 23 Wootton 33
1. James McNamara RM 18:02
2. Sam Martin RM 18:04
3. Jeremy Batt RM 18:10
4. Luke Smith W 18:27
5. Will Severynse W 18:38
6. Jack McCullough RM 18:46
7. Kenny Wohl W 18:50
8. Christian Haudenschild W 18:54
9. David Levine W 19:16
10. Handson Wu W 19:26
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|RM boys better step their game up! I think a lot of teams smell weakness.
|people seriosuly need to chill about this race...its a duel meet and ever'one knows teams run through duel meets...
plus u gotta understand in a big invitational Rm's top 3 would have been so much further ahead place wise. wooton would not have stood a chance...
iight so all those haters can take a chill pill.
|Um...no one is freaking out and no one needs to take a "chill pill". No one is hating on RM boys, Kevin was simply recapping the meet . It seems you are the one hating on Wootton's team because YOU just said that in another meet "wooton would not have stood a chance..." Which is a pretty negative comment.
|I think that anyone who is posting any comments, and is on my team, better cut it out.
|Dawg chill pills need to be tasken massively by comment #2.
|just stop talkin about it
|Yah take a chill pill and do something else with your life than to insult other schools.
|thanks..... were u from
|Kenny you dawg