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GP Classic Preview
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2011-10-13


This year's Georgetown Prep Classic will be a cross country meet like you have never experienced before. The good folks at New Balance and Pacers Running Stores will be providing a "College Football Gameday style" atmosphere.

Meet amenities include:

  • A radio production announced live during the meet with interviews and commentary. All radio audio will be recorded as podcasts and made available for download afterwards. Professional radio broadcaster Johnny "Cakes" Auville from the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan will lead the broadcast crew along with Pacers staff members Chris Farley and Frank DeVar and MoCoRunning's Kevin Milsted.
  • Former Footlocker XC finalist Marc Davis as DJ/MC
  • Pacers XC Tour t-shirts and Georgetown Prep Classic t-shirts that you can customize with a hot press
  • Free goofy sunglasses
  • Photobooth which will upload photos directly to your facebook account
  • Karaoke
  • Dance contest with prizes
  • New Balance sales area

    Varsity Race Team Lists
    Note: Teams not necessarily complete


    Boys Seeded
    Annandale
    Bishop O'Connell
    Bowie
    Dulaney
    Dunbar
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    Falls Church
    George C Marshall
    Georgetown Day
    Gov. Thomas Johnson
    Hammond
    Hereford
    Herndon
    John Carroll
    Loyola Blakefield
    Manchester
    McKinley Technology
    Potomac Falls
    St Albans For Boys
    Thomas A Edison
    Thomas S Wootton
    Tuscarora
    W T Woodson
    Walt Whitman
    Walter Johnson
    West Potomac
    Winston Churchill
    Boys Unseeded
    Annandale
    Archbishop Carroll
    Archbishop Spalding
    Bishop Ireton
    Bishop McNamara
    Bullis
    Calvert
    Centennial
    CES Jewish Day
    Covenant Life
    Damascus
    DeMatha Catholic
    Dulaney
    Dunbar
    Edmund Burke
    Frederick
    Georgetown Prep
    Gilman
    Glenelg Country
    Landon
    Leonardtown
    Maret
    McDonogh
    McKinley Technology
    Poolesville Sr
    Potomac School
    Richard Montgomery
    Riverdale Baptist
    Sandy Spring Friends
    School Without Walls
    Seneca Valley
    Sherwood
    Sidwell Friends
    St Anselm's Abbey
    St John's College
    St Stephens St Agnes
    St. Andrew's Episcopal
    St. Christopher's
    St. Mary's Ryken
    The Calverton School
    The Field School
    The Heights
    Thomas A Edison
    Trinity at Meadow View
    Wakefield
    West Potomac
    Western Reserve
    Woodrow Wilson Senior
    Yorktown
    Girls Seeded
    Archbishop Spalding
    Bishop O'Connell
    Bowie
    CES Jewish Day
    Dulaney
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    Falls Church
    George C Marshall
    Governor Thomas Johnson
    Hammond
    Hereford
    John Carroll
    Linganore
    Manchester
    National Cathedral
    Potomac Falls
    Riverdale Baptist
    School Without Walls
    St Stephens St Agnes
    Thomas S Wootton
    Urbana
    W T Woodson
    Walt Whitman
    Walter Johnson
    West Potomac
    Winston Churchill
    
    Girls Unseeded
    Academy Holy Cross
    Annandale
    Archbishop Carroll
    Bishop Ireton
    Bishop McNamara
    Bishop O'Connell
    Bullis
    Calvert
    Centennial
    Covenant Life
    Damascus
    Dulaney
    Dunbar
    Edmund Burke
    Elizabeth Seton
    Frederick
    Georgetown Day
    Georgetown Visitation
    Glenelg Country
    Herndon
    Holton-Arms
    Leonardtown
    Lower Merion
    Madeira
    Maret
    McDonogh
    McKinley Technology
    Poolesville Sr
    Potomac School
    Richard Montgomery
    Riverdale Baptist
    Sandy Spring Friends
    School Without Walls
    Seneca Valley
    Sherwood
    Sidwell Friends
    St John's College
    St. Andrew's Episcopal
    St. Mary's Ryken
    Stone Ridge Sac. Heart
    The Calverton School
    The Field School
    The Seton Keough
    Thomas A Edison
    Trinity At Meadow View
    Urbana
    Walter Johnson
    Washington Waldorf
    West Potomac
    Western Reserve
    Woodrow Wilson
    Yorktown
    


    When you look at the teams in the seeded girls race at the Georgetown Prep Classic, it has to remind you of the annual "Battle of the Potomac" race. What we have here is a "Battle of the Counties." The best girls team in Montgomery County (Whitman), the best girls team in Fairfax County (West Potomac), the best girls team in Arlington County (Bishop O'Connell), and the best girls team in Frederick County (Urbana). Severna Park will not be at Georgetown Prep this year, but Archbishop Spalding will be there to represent Anne Arundel County and Hereford will be in the race to represent Baltimore County.

    Okay, some may object and say that Lake Braddock is the best girls team in Fairfax County, but West Potomac beat them at Monroe-Parker, so let's just go with it. Truly, the team battle at the Georgetown Prep Classic should come down to Whitman versus West Potomac.

    The Whitman girls have won the Peter Geraghty Invitational and the Oatlands Invitational in dominant fashion. Whitman also placed second at the Paul Short Invitational with five girls under 20:00. West Potomac has three equally impressive wins at Monroe-Parker, Glory Days, and William and Mary.

    Whitman and West Potomac each have a strong duo leading the team (Ryba and Guiot vs. Underwood and Lescher) with a tight pack that is usually under a 1:20 spread for the top five runners.

    This one is looking like a toss-up, but hey, this is mocorunning, so I am going to go with Whitman.

    Individually, there is a pretty good chance that a freshman comes away with the win. Churchill's Lucy Srour and Urbana's Emily Mulhern were both very impressive at the Oatlands Invitational. Srour was seventh and Mulhern was eighth. Both girls beat the entire veteran Whitman squad that day.

    1. Whitman
    2. West Potomac
    3. Bishop O'Connell
    4. Urbana
    5. Archbishop Spalding

    Individuals to watch:
    Lucy Srour, Churchill - 1st Bull Run Large, 1st Great American White, 7th Oatlands
    Caroline Guiot, Whitman - 12th at Oatlands, 15th at Paul Short
    Anna Ryba, Whitman - 4th at Peter Geraghty, 11th at Oatlands
    Sarah Underwood, West Potomac - 2nd at W&M, 4th at Glory Days, 6th Monroe-Parker
    Dale Lescher, West Potomac - 7th at Glory Days, 9th at William & Mary
    Emily Mulhern, Urbana - 1st at Frank Keyser, 3rd at Peter Geraghty, 8th Oatlands
    Isabel Griffith, Dulaney - 5th at Bull Run, 2nd at Barnhart
    Sara Carter, Hereford - 5th at Barnhart, 6th at Bull Run
    Erin Causey, Hereford - 4th at Barnhart, 11th at Bull Run
    Charde Barnes, Bowie - 10th at Glory Days Invitational
    Devin Nihill, Bishop O'Connell - 2nd in Arlington County, 10th at Oatlands
    Sarah Dillistin, Potomac Falls - 1st at Landon Invitational, 6th at Glory Days

    Unseeded Race:

    Chelsie Pennello, Poolesville - 1st at Oakdale Invitational, 6th at Brunswick
    Elena De La Paz, R. Montgomery - 3rd at Bull Run, 3rd at Oatlands B, 3rd Frank Keyser
    (Elena has a knee injury which may keep her out)



    The Winston Churchill boys have something to prove after losing to Loyola Blakefield and Hereford at the Bull Run Invitational. Churchill's Zach Weinstein has been working his way back from a hip injury which forced him out at Bull Run. He dropped a 16:18 5k in his first race back and should be ready to go this weekend, but the outstanding freshman David Fitzgerald is nursing an injury and could possibly sit out which would certainly affect the team standings. Because of the uncertainty, I'm selecting Hereford as the favorite in the boys seeded race.

    Walter Johnson has been packing it in and running well in the absence of #1 runner Josh Ellis. Ellis has been battling a groin injury and missed several races. His status is unknown.

    1. Hereford
    2. Churchill
    3. Loyola Blakefield
    4. Walter Johnson
    5. West Potomac

    Individuals to watch:
    Ahmed Bile, Annandale - Dominant wins at Monroe-Parker and Octoberfest Invitationals
    Kevin Corbusier, Loyola Blakefield - 1st at Peter Geraghty Invitational, 3rd at Bull Run Invitational
    Brady Corum, West Potomac - 1st at William and Mary, 6th at Glory Days Invitational
    Louis Colson, Thomas Edison - 3rd at Maymont Classic
    Hassan Omar, Thomas Johnson - 3rd at Peter Geraghty Invitational, 8th at Oatlands Invitational
    Will Meadows, Gilman - 2nd at Peter Geraghty Invitational, 5th Barnhart Invitational
    Cody Wellons, Manchester - 1st in White race at Great American XC Festival
    Ben Pickett, John Carroll - 2nd in Small Race at Bull Run Invitational
    Josh Ellis, Walter Johnson - 12th at Maymont, 1st at Wootton/WJ/WC Tri Meet
    Joshua Trzeciak, Wootton - 4th at Bull Run Invitational
    Will Conway, Churchill - 8th at Bull Run Invitational, 19th at Oatlands Invitational
    Joey Chapin, Georgetown Prep - 1st in Oatlands Invitational B Race, 1st at Tidewater Classic
    (entered in unseeded race)





  • Article Comments - Add A Comment

    NameComment

    pats fan
    2011-10-13 22:51:24

    Go Josh T!!

    Supe
    2011-10-14 19:18:18

    Get me on that radio broadcast

    Runner dude
    2011-10-15 14:09:31

    Wt Woodson boys are expected tone in the top 5 with their number 1 runner returning from injury.

    if only..
    2011-10-15 17:16:54

    Joey Chapin and GP should run in the seeded, it would be interesting to see where he and they stack up

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