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Poll Results - Team Rankings
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2011-09-02


Mocorunning conducted a preseason poll between August 28 and September 2, 2011. Fans were instructed to rank their top ten teams and individuals in order but were not required to vote in every field. 50 valid votes were collected for boys teams and 44 valid votes were collected for girls teams.

Rank Boys Team Poll Points Rank Girls Team Poll Points
1 Winston Churchill 492 1 Walt Whitman 437
2 Walter Johnson 393 2 Bethesda Chevy Chase 368
3 Thomas S. Wootton 390 3 Thomas S. Wootton 350
4 Quince Orchard 279 4 Sherwood 224
5 Albert Einstein 258 5 Northwest 192
6 Sherwood 242 6 Quince Orchard 152
7 Richard Montgomery 151 7 Richard Montgomery 149
8 Walt Whitman 107 8 Winston Churchill 112
9 Poolesville 80 9 Montgomery Blair 111
10 Northwest 77 10 Walter Johnson 79

Mocorunning Analysis

If the voting is any indication, this year’s Montgomery County Championships will be more of a battle for second best than for the team title. 84% of fans voted for the Churchill boys to win and a whopping 93% of fans voted for the Whitman girls to win.

As reported in Mocorunning’s preseason tour, the Churchill boys and Whitman girls are alike in that they will each receive an immediate boost from a talented freshman. Both teams are expected to be stronger than last year. In 2010, Churchill finished as runners up to Walter Johnson at the county, region, and state championships while the Whitman girls swept the three big meets.

Preseason hype swayed public opinion and pulled the Wootton boys even with the three-time defending state champions of Walter Johnson. One or two more votes could have elevated Wootton to the fans’ #2 spot, but fans still have respect for the Wildcats who could potentially win four state titles in a row this year. WJ lost two studs but return their next three runners and have several guys who were itching for varsity experience last year. There will be a tri meet with Churchill, Walter Johnson, and Wootton later in the season.

QO, Einstein, and Sherwood appear to make up the next tier of boys teams with good experience returning. QO and Sherwood graduated a few big guns, but have good depth.

The remaining boys teams battling for top ten spots will consist of many new faces. Teams like Richard Montgomery, Whitman, and Northwest will have almost entirely new varsity teams. Poolesville returns a strong top three, and I would argue Magruder and Gaithersburg may push into the top ten as they return more varsity experience than most teams in the county this year. B-CC has some up-and-coming talent

This is not a bad year to be rebuilding as many other Moco boys teams, particularly in the 4A West, are in the same spot.
The Wootton and B-CC girls were nearly dead even for second place in the fan voting. Wootton may be a little stronger up front while B-CC has a seemingly endless supply of girls knocking on the door for varsity spots. The Sherwood girls have a top four that will be competitive but will need to build some depth and have someone step up with that top group.

Northwest girls have finished in the top five in Montgomery County for the last decade so it is no surprise they have the fan support, but they graduated a ton of talent last spring and are working with a coaching change. To return to the top five this year would be a major accomplishment. Quince Orchard already beat them handily in a scrimmage.

Teams like RM, Churchill, and Blair have had good freshman classes for the past few years and will be looking to better their position in the county.

Walter Johnson girls, like Northwest, graduated a lot of talent this year and will be in rebuilding mode. Clarksburg, Damascus, and Magruder all received nearly as many fan votes as WJ in this poll.





Article Comments - Add A Comment

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2011-09-02 21:13:53

Poor Northwest girls, they lost almost there whole varsity team!

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2011-09-02 21:15:02

Poor Northwest girls, they lost almost there whole varsity team!

Really?
2011-09-03 11:32:20

Wo Einstein is underrated again? What a surprise!

Division II
2011-09-03 20:40:36

Looking down at boys #7, 8, and 9, that tri-meet at Whitman should be a great meet to see. 3 teams fighting it out for the division title

WHAT??
2011-09-03 20:45:49

Einstein should be #3, QO and Wootton have nothing on them

hmmm
2011-09-03 20:47:56

Einstein underrated again, there are schools south of WJ that actually do stuff.

Look at a map
2011-09-03 22:59:13

I hope you aren't from Einstein because only B-CC and Whitman are south of WJ.

confused
2011-09-04 12:16:36

How can you say QO and Wootton have nothing on Einstein?? They both have a stronger top group. Enstein may do better than some people think, but that doesn't mean they will beat teams that are deeper and have a stronger front pack.

JSB
2011-09-04 22:50:52

UUUUUMMMMM Rockville beat Norhtwood. Shouldn't they be there.


2011-09-05 00:04:21

I hope you know Northwood and Northwest are two different schools.

Isaac Stevens
2011-09-06 21:24:18

Springbrook lost many great seniors last year so this year will be a healing year. Even though we will suck this year we have GREAT sophomores and freshmen

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