No Montgomery County girls team has ever won the Maryland 4A Outdoor Track State Title. Ever. This should finally be the year.
Almost everything about this meet favors Northwest. There are four relays in which Northwest should finish first or second. Olivia Ekpone has three open events in which she should finish first our second. India Knight and Britt Eckerstrom have drastically improved to the point that they are key point scorers on top of being the valuable relay team members that they were in the winter.
The PG teams have their stars. CH Flowers has Lorraine Graham, but North Point's Shavon Briscoe and Old Mill's Alexis Franklin could potentially cut into Graham's points in the hurdles.
Oxon Hill has Desiree King, but Oxon Hill doesn't have enough to win this year.
Eleanor Roosevelt has Aurieyall Scott, but she is only entered in the open 200.
I don't think any PG team will have enough to top what Northwest is bringing. In fact, I think the team that may pose the biggest threat could be Chesapeake High School out of Anne Arundel County. Chesapeake is going to rack up some serious points exclusively in field events and there is nothing Northwest can do about it.
If things do begin to go awry for Northwest, several teams could find themselves right back in the mix including the aforementioned CH Flowers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chesapeake and Moco's Wootton and Churchill.
Wootton will get things going on Friday afternoon with a potential record-breaking 4x800 relay. Their qualifying time would be a state meet record by five seconds if they can repeat it, but don't expect Northwest to lay down and let them have it.
Not long after the relay, the much-anticipated matchup between Wootton's Jessie Rubin and Thomas Johnson's Stephanie Bryan will finally take place. Both girls have run comfortably under 11:00 this season, but they have not met since cross country season. They will meet for the last time on Saturday in the 1600.
Additional points for Wootton should come from 800 runners Andrea Maxwell and Grace Corbett. Casey Dowling has the top seed in the 4A long jump, 16-10.
The thing that looks good about Churchill is that every individual and relay that qualified for states stands a good chance of scoring at least one point. It is reminiscent of how they won the indoor track county title this year: everyone chips in. Maryam Fikri, Katie Wolf, Serenah Polite, Taylor Caulk, Alexandra Giedd and Ale Martinez seem to be coming on strong at the end of the season. So while Wootton has had Churchill's number at counties and regionals, expect Churchill to be in the fight with a likely top five finish at the end of the weekend.