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MAC Championship Preview
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2010-05-05


The MAC is so even this year that it seems silly to even rank the six teams. Each team has very different strengths and weaknesses. It's going to come down to a six-way dog fight and I truly would not count out a single one of these teams from winning the title, especially after St. Andrew's surprise win last year.

Mocorunning MAC Ranking:
1. Georgetown Day
2. Sidwell Friends
3. Maret
4. Flint Hill
5. Potomac
6. St. Andrews

1. I'm giving the edge to Georgetown Day School. Georgetown Day is the most likely team to capitalize on the fact that each school enters three athletes per event. They have the capability of grabbing a few individual titles, but they will rack up the most points by having multiple scorers in the most events. Ben Joseph and Sam Freeling lead the way in the distance events while Ezekiel Adigun and Mike Klain are the top sprinters on the team, but watch out for Tayo Jimoh and Trenton Wells to quietly grab a chunk of points from the throwing events.

2. John McGowan of Sidwell Friends is the star distance runner of this conference and it wouldn't be unexpected to see him win the 800, 1600, and 3200 over the two day meet. Backing him up in the distance events, the youngsters Matthew Kim and Daniel Perlis will need to step up to help the team offset the distance points by GDS. Sidwell currently has the top long jumper in the conference in Jamal Lewis (21-05.75), and a couple of pretty good hurdlers in Jamie and William Sandel.

3. Maret has the top two hurdlers in the conference in Garrett Brown and Isaac Sorenson. David Sneeringer is currently ranked second in the conference in the 1600 and 3200, Edmund Opong-Wadee is the only 40-foot thrower in the conference at this point and Ryan Simpson should contend for the discus title. Walter Simmons is the top returning 100-meter runner from last year's conference championship. If the conference were much bigger, Maret might win it in a runaway, but the conference is small and they don't have the depth of GDS and Sidwell. With that said, I wouldn't be shocked at all if they won.

4. Eric Saleh was the sprinting king in the MAC last year and now it is time to see if Flint Hill junior Joey Corso can take over the reins. Corso leads the conference so far in the 200 (22.74) and in the 100 (11.32). Flint Hill also leads the conference in the 4x200 (1:37.73). Joe Benton will contend in all three jumping events. Johnny Lane had the second fastest 400-meter time entering the season (52.37) and has run 54.6 so far this year.

5. Potomac's Brandon Evans and Ian Kuzmick were both MAC runners up last year behind St. Andrew's Alexander Zurn's stunning breakthrough performance, but this should be the year for them to win. Kuzmick leads the conference in the high jump (6-00) while Evans leads the conference in the triple jump (43-09). John Steele currently leads the conference in the 400 (52.74) and collectively Potomac has the top 4x400 time (3:32.12).

6. At the top of this article, I said that I wouldn't count out any team to win this year's MAC title. I really meant it, especially since my sixth ranked team is St. Andrew's Episcopal, the defending champions. St. Andrew's is not deep, but it may have another Alexander Zurn on its roster this year in John Peatross. Now I would be shocked if he came out and threw 40 feet in the shot put and 100 feet in the discus as Zurn did at last year's championship meet, but Peatross has good speed that he uses in the sprints, long jump, and triple jump. Darian Conklin will back up Peatross in the sprints and Andres Grimm and Ben Coleman will seek out points in the hurdles.





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