Thomas Arias & DeVante' Thomas
Ben to Jon Constantinides
Damascus boys highlighted the day with their win in the 4x800 and second place finish in the distance medley relay. With no competition entering the final leg, Damascus's time of 8:07.22 was three seconds off the meet record and better than the next best team in the 4x800 by five seconds. They were the only county team to win a boys event.
Individually, one of the strongest performers of the day was Alimamy Kallay of Gaithersburg. Kallay qualified for the finals in the 55-meter dash (6.64) and the 55-meter hurdles (8.08), and had a big personal best jump of 44-01.25 to place second in the triple jump. Kallay, who rarely competed in the triple jump last year, could be gearing up to put on an Owen-Cain-like performance at the upcoming county championship. His teammate, Trevon Carroll, also clocked 8.08 in the 55-hurdles, but the judges decision left Carroll out of the finals. Gaithersburg's Zach Fetters was not quite as good as when he jumped 6-04 in his first developmental meet, but his jump of 6-00 was good for third place.
Kendall Fuller, the freshman from Good Counsel, has not yet repeated his 21-foot 1-inch long jump performance from his high school debut, but he was not far behind Kallay in the triple jump, placing sixth with a season best jump of 43 feet. Good Counsel placed second behind conference rival DeMatha in the 4x400 with a season best time of 3:31.67. One of the contributing members to Good Counsel's 4x400 was junior Thomas Tallerico who also clocked a county leading time of 1:59.86 in the 800.
Boys 55 Prelim
Bisi Ezekoye of Kennedy was the top finisher in the 55-meter dash. He clocked 6.62 in the preliminary rounds and 6.61 in the finals to place sixth.
Abdul Mohammad & Sterling Cadeau
Brandon Addison of Watkins Mill clocked 51.37 to place second in the 400-meter dash and helped his 4x200 relay to second place in their heat and third place overall in a county-leading time of 1:33.38.
Nick Letorneau of Georgetown Prep and Cortlandt Harris of Good Counsel clocked times 51.46 and 51.77 in a heat of the 400 to place third and fifth overall.
Walter Johnson athletes led the way in the seeded events. Martin Dally led the seeded 500-meter race early, but was caught in the last 100 meters by William Kellog of DeMatha and Ben McKenzie Largo. He clocked 1:06.97 and finished fourth overall out of the two heats. O'Leary held his own in the elite mile with a fifth place finish in a county-leading time of 4:25.68 while Gonzaga's Billy Ledder ran away with the win in 4:16.73. Also in the elite mile was Richard Montgomery's Sam Martin who placed seventh in 4:33.13.
Quince Orchard's Evan Laratta won a slower section of the 1600 with a time of 4:35.81 and was winning the event all the way up until the final heat of the 1600. In the final heat of the 1600, Good Counsel's Kyle Graves led for most of the race before being passed in the final 200 meters to finish second in 4:29.15.
Gaithersburg's Anhtuan Nyguen matched his personal best of 12 feet in the pole vault to finish fifth. 12 feet is the highest any county athlete has gone as long as mocorunning.com has existed (over four years now). Geoffrey Moores of Quince Orchard also jumped onto the scene with a personal best mark of 10-00.00.
A few county athletes threw for over 45 feet in the shot put including Wootton's Matt Gordon who threw 45-06.50 for seventh place and Good Counsel's Daniel Knowles who threw 45-06.25 for eighth place.
In the 3200, Chantilly's Chris Foley ran to a US #1 time of 9:14.30, while county athletes Jackson Reams and Ishan Dey just slipped under the 10-minute mark. Reams placed seventh in 9:53.80 while Dey placed ninth in 9:58.30.