The Mocorunning.com Girls All-Freshman Team is composed of a Freshman of the Year and the next ten talented young athletes with the most potential to be future stars. Results from indoor and outdoor track were used to assess the freshmen for this team (cross country season has its own All-Freshman Team). Additional bright young athletes are included as honorable mention.
|Freshman of the Year|
Gwen Shaw, Wootton -
During indoor track, Gwen Shaw clocked the fastest county freshman times in the 55-meter dash (7.56), 300-meter dash (42.62), and 55-meter hurdles (8.76). 8.76 was good for fourth place at the 4A state championship and it was the best time by a Montgomery County freshman in the last five years. Outdoors, she ran 45.60 in the 300-meter hurdles to win the Montgomery County title. It was the fastest time by a county freshman in the last five years. She also clocked 15.89 to place fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the county championship and 13.07 in the 100-meter dash at the Viking Invitational.
Cherrah Barclay, Blair -
Cherrah Barclay placed eighth at the county championship in the 400 with a time of 60.59. At the 4A West region meet, she won a slower heat of the 400 to place third overall in 59.03. At the state meet, she ran the exact same time as the county meet: 60.59. She also ran 13.48 in the 100, 26.4h in the 200, and 45.7h in the 300.
Abbey Daley, Clarksburg -
Abbey Daley led all county freshman this year in the 1600 and 3200. Her times of 5:14.19 and 11:35.52 were both the fourth best by a county freshman in the last five years. She was the indoor 3A state champion in the 1600 and the outdoor 3A West region champion in the 1600 and 3200.
Sylvia Deppen, Wootton -
Before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in April, Sylvia Deppen was racing toe-to-toe with teammate Gwen Shaw. She clocked times of 15.6h in the 100-meter hurdles and 47.2 in the 300-meter hurdles, both among the top five by county freshman in the last five years.
Chelsea Harris, Gaithersburg -
Chelsea Harris cleared five feet in the high jump multiple times in competition this season. She placed second in the county, second in the region, and eighth in the state, all with jumps of five feet. In a dual meet against Northwood and Blair, she cleared five feet and two inches. She also clocked 18.22 in the 100-meter hurdles.
Dashawn Herbert-Williams, Quince Orchard -
Dashawn Herbert-Williams was limited in what she could do this year because she broke her ankle in the first week of the season. Despite a lack of mobility in the throwing circle, she threw 33-09.75 in the shot put at the county championship which was good for fourth place. It was the best throw by a county freshman in the last five years by over two feet and according to Coach Pelkey, better than the freshman-best of one of MoCo's all-time best thrower's, Ruth Kura.
Natiaha Hinnerichs, Holton-Arms -
Natiaha Hinnerichs made her high school debut at the Falcon Invitational with a high jump mark of 5-04 which is the best jump by a county freshman in the last five years and ties for the fifth best by a county athlete of any grade in the last ten years. She also led all county freshmen in the triple jump this year with a mark of 34-09.75.
Larre Hodge, Kennedy -
Larre Hodge ran 7.63 in the 55-meter dash at the Montgomery Invitational, but suffered an injury that lasted to the outdoor season. At the 3A West Region Meet, she ran 26.44 in the 200-meter dash, which was the fastest by a county freshman this year, and 12.83 in the 100-meter dash, but she became injured again and could not run in the finals. When we finally see a healthy Larre Hodge, it should be impressive.
Sula Ndousse-Fetter, Northwest -
Sula Ndousse-Fetter finished eighth in the 4A West Region in both the 800 (2:22.98) and the 1600 (5:18.39). It was the fastest county freshman time this year in the open 800 and the second fastest freshman 1600 time. She also ran 12:00.75 in the 3200 which was the third best county freshman time this year.
Brittany Wade, B-CC -
B-CC always seems to have distance runners but hasn't had a truly strong sprinter since Maisha Pinkard graduated in 2002. Brittany Wade is showing potential to follow in the footsteps of the Hampton University and Liberian national star. At the 4A West region meet, Wade ran 26.72 in the 200 and 59.53 in the 400 to qualify for states out of the slow heat. She ran 59.88 at states.
Idrienne Walker, Bullis -
Idrienne Walker played field hockey for an Under-14 national team and this fall led the Bullis field hockey team to one of its best seasons ever. She broke out at the ISL track championships with a personal best 400-meter time of 58.72, which led all Montgomery County freshmen this year.