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|Whitman is looking very strong this year. They are definitley the team to beat in montgomery county. They had a very strong showing at their two mile time trial last saturday eith the big three all going sub 10
|Face of Steel Baker!!!
|Woods is gonna stomp Zarate this year... Zarate gets weaker as the distances get longer
|I love this time of the year!! Let the CC season begin!!!
|Will be interesting to see the best MoCo public school team (Whitman) vs. the best MoCo private school team (Good Counsel) this Sat at Great Meadow.
|Lets not forget whitman has the potential to have 3 guys under 16, 5 guys under 17 and 7 guys under 17:30
|A much too involved parent|
|Two teams not to sleep on: Northwood and Quince Orchard
Northwood will have a very powerful top two and a solid third who are rapidly improving. This could be a big year for a team who rarely sees the top half of the county.
Quince Orchard may have lost two strong seniors but they have a plethora of young boys who hovered around the mid 18s last year and made strides in track.
No one thought Wootton would be strong after losing their top two after the 2012 season, but they ended up placing 3rd at states in 2013, the highest of any team in MOCO
I also wouldnt sleep on Billy Kirk who did well at the end of 2013 and ran a 9:49 in outdoor
|Dont get me wrong, Woods and Zarate are quick but their true talent comes in the track events. I think it's very possible that Khaghani or Bezherano could upset these guys, especailly when you look at the massive strides they both made in the 3200 in the spring. Also, Colin Sybing should be on this list.
|Fitzgerald deserves no part on this list, but as usual churchill bribes their way to the top. Kirk is a great runner who should make the list. Whitman will smash GC this saturday, putting 5 easily 1730 or better (on a terrible day) while good counsel may send 5 under 18 on a nice day on a flat course. Sybing is a guy to watch.
The idea that whitman will put 7 under 1730 is straight up crazy. They are great through 5 but they dont have any other sub 5 milers, let alone guys under 18. Northwood will suprise some folks this season.
I dont like how the poll did not have jack wavering in the top 10, he is is an absolute stud.
The state meet this year will be quite the battle, SP vs a loaded dulaney squad vs WJ's deep roster vs star studded whitman
This is going to be an exciting xc season best of luck to all
|Don't sleep on C-Burg just yet guys. They have a LOT of strong seniors and juniors that can really push the pace if they need to. Michael Thomas definitely needs to be on this list for contention in at least the top 10. He's running close to 16 flat on some pretty tough courses, and without anybody challenging him the whole race, he's gonna run free. Sure they have a few injuries, and a less-then solid girls side, but they've proven they can definitely run with the stronger teams.
|No doubt that Billy Kirk definitely deserved to make this list. The man ran 16:29 at McDaniel and clocked a 9:49 3200 for track. He is also in superb shape this summer, and also had a top 10 finished at counties last year. Itai Bezherano tends to be very unreliable and there is no guarantee that he will be in the top 3. Also, Richard Montgomery boys should have been placed much higher. They're going to be an extremely powerful team this year and it is quite possible that they will have all 7 varsity members under 17:00 by the end of the season. The depth they possess is pretty scary and they're capable of competing against any team in the county. Whitman should be the front-runner all season, but if they get even one injury, they might be in for some trouble as they do not have much depth past their top 5 runners.
|Agreed that Wavering (and G.C.) should have been on this list. I hope next year the private schools will be included in the poll. Wavering may be the #1 runner in the county next year and G.C. returns their entire varsity team. I also agree that R.M. is way under-rated.
|Kirk finished 4th at counties in terms of returning runners. Can't believe he wasn't voted in for this list.
|Whitman may need to avoid injuries but they're still not as weak past their front 5 as you might think check out their time trial results on athletic.net.
|Voters entered a county championship prediction competition with their submissions. Therefore, private school athletes and teams could not be included on this particular list. An all-inclusive approach was tried before and it did not work. All schools will have equal coverage on Mocorunning's individual runner rankings throughout the season.
|Lol did you guys know that Kevin Milstead was super slow? Like I found some of his times - they were all below average. Makes me laugh when he knocks on kids who are much better than he was.
|I did check out Whitman's most recent time trial. They have a 30 second gap between their 5th and 6th for a 2 mile trial. That won't cut it if one of their top 5 goes down.
Also, Billy Kirk finished in the top 10 at counties last year as a junior. No reason to think why he wouldn't do it again.
|The guy is the biggest fan of running in the area and doesn't hate anyone. Why did you feel the need to bring that kind of message?
The great thing about this sport is it doesn't matter how fast you are as long as you are doing your best and having fun.
|Huh?? Who has Kevin ever knocked? And who cares what his time was in the 3200? He clearly loves the sport and does an awesome job with this website!!!
|FACE OF STEEL BAKER!
|Lol at all these different reactions to the preseason FAN voting. We'll only know who's really about it when the season gets rolling
|I never miss a beat.
I'm lightning on my feet.
And that's what they don't see. Mmm Mmmmmmm.
That's what they don't see. Mmm Mmmmmm
|Liam Walsh is gonna go 15:30 this year
|Zarate is an amazing runner! He will have a fantastic season because he will put forth the effort and he has the incredible talent of running.
|Sam Baker is my son.
|Watch out for Springbrook. We may not look like much, but we will have 3 guys under 17
|I love you K-Milz
|FACE OF STEEL BAKER!!!
|Sam Baker is gonna be cooking some people up this year
|Why isn't shashank on this list? He's a total stud and I hear he gets a large amount of booty sweat on the reg
|First thing's first, I'm the realest, realest.
Second thing comes after the first thing and that thing is that I am Obama, so obviously I was not kidding about being the realest.
Third thing- Bezherano all the way. Watch out. We hang out on the weekends.
|Hey guys! Call me crazy but I TOTALLY agree with Obama on this one. Look out for WJ, I haven't seen anyone this close to complete domination since I looked in the mirror this morning! Haha! Classic Putin. But seriously I'm going to take over the world.
|Vlad, stop it. We're not Putin up with this anymore. ;)
|^^^OH MAN CLASSIC OBAMA!!!!! Haha good one man. Can't wait to take over your country!!! XOXO
|Okay guy just a few things. First, to Vlad- Russia looks great from what I can see from my house! Love what you've done with the place. Second, how do we KNOW Bezherano is who he says he is? Why won't he show us his birth certificate? WHY WON'T HE TAKE A LIE DETECTOR TEST?
|omg go away
|^^Sorry about that first one. Not the first time we've had glitches over here! #GlitchesBeTrippin
|I knew Itai was trouble when he walked in
|LOL I totally spelled my own name wrong the first couple times there!!!! Guess I was just Russian! LOL!
|Obama you totally stole my line see you in court
|I think that Evan Woods is looking the strongest this year and is going to take the state crown in November.
|There's this freshman on Poolesville named Ryan Lockett. Idk who he is, but he seems pretty fast. I think he can become really good oneday.
|FACE OF STEEL BAKER
|LETS GO DIEGO