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County Poll Results - Boys
By: Ryun Anderson

Editor's note: Mocorunning conducted a poll before the release of the meet entries and inevitably missed the mark on a few of the "best guess" options. Here is who received the most votes among athletes actually entered in the event.

100m - 		Rufus Settles, Sherwood
200m - 		Jalen Walker, Northwest
400m - 		Jalen Walker, Northwest
800m - 		Diego Zarate, Northwest
1600m - 	Diego Zarate, Northwest
3200m - 	Evan Woods, Whitman
110m Hurdles - 	Shyheim Wright, Northwest
300m Hurdles - 	Shyheim Wright, Northwest
4x100 - 	Northwest
4x200 - 	Northwest
4x400 - 	Northwest
4x800 - 	Northwest
High Jump - 	Dylan Bikim, Quince Orchard
Long Jump - 	Uche Osuji, Paint Branch
Triple Jump - 	Dorian Jones, Quince Orchard
Shot Put - 	Noah Vernick, Quince Orchard
Discus - 	Noah Vernick, Quince Orchard
Pole Vault - 	Timothy Santosa, Clarksburg
Below you will read the poll results compiled and written before the release of the meet entries.

Between April 30 and May 4, conducted an online poll to find out the county championship fan favorites. Participants were instructed to select their favorites in each event and rank the top teams for the outdoor county championship meet. 80 valid submissions were received, but voters were not required to vote for every category.

Below you will find the results. The county champion favorites are listed with the percentage of votes received.

Event Name, School %
100m Jalen Walker, Northwest 64
200m Jalen Walker, Northwest 72
400m Jalen Walker, Northwest 45
800m Diego Zarate, Northwest 53
1600m Diego Zarate, Northwest 83
3200m Evan Woods, Whitman 30
110/100m Hurdles Shyheim Wright, Northwest 75
300m Hurdles Shyheim Wright, Northwest 49
4x100 Northwest 57
4x200 Northwest 41
4x400 Northwest 49
4x800 Paint Branch 53
High Jump Aaron Beidleman, Northwest 39
Long Jump Uche Osuji, Paint Branch 43
Triple Jump Dorian Jones, Quince Orchard 45
Shot Put Noah Vernick, Quince Orchard 60
Discus Noah Vernick, Quince Orchard 38
Pole Vault Timothy Santosa, Clarksburg 30

Avg Answer
Tie Breakers Winning Boys 4x400 Time 3:30.16
Tie Breaker How many individual records (boys and girls) will be tied or broken? 3.9

Rk Boys School Poll Points
1 Northwest 230
2 Paint Branch 125
3 Quince Orchard 90
4 Richard Montgomery 80
T-5 Gaithersburg

Avg Answer
Tie Breakers Winning Boys Team Score 95.7


Northwest’s Jalen Walker finished first in the voting for the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes. He has only lost twice in all of those events combined this outdoor season (both second place finishes). However, if he does not run one of the sprint events, expect a battle between Rufus Settles (Sherwood), Jaron Woodyard (Wootton), Jabari Butler (Churchill), and Justin Sorra (Quince Orchard) for the top spot.

Challengers to Walker in the 400 will probably include Clarksburg’s Tavis Holland, Paint Branch’s Oliver Lloyd and Springbrook’s Mayen McClain, as well as the aforementioned Sorra and Settles.

While fans seem pretty confident in Zarate in the 1600 after his 4:09 mile at Penn Relays, the 800 meters should be interesting. Paint Branch's Oliver Lloyd currently holds the top county time (1:54) and Whitman’s Evan Woods could be right in the mix.

The 3200 has the potential to be very interesting this season. After back-to-back uncontested wins for Poolesville’s Chase Weaverling in 2013 and 2014, the field has opened up. At the top of the class sit Zarate and Woods, but whether both, one, or neither of them run the event is at large. If not, the race could be another tightly-contested showdown between the trio from the indoor season: Walter Johnson’s Itai Bezherano, Richard Montgomery’s Rohann Asfaw, and Whitman’s Amir Khaghani.

Northwest’s Shyheim Wright was the top vote-getter in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He will probably be eyeing the meet records of 14.30 and 39.00, respectively. Quince Orchard’s Dorian Jones, Watkins Mill’s Michael Bonds, and Wright’s teammate Andrew Daniels will probably be Wright’s top challengers.

None of the top vote getters in each of the three jumps lead the county in the event, surprisingly. The jumping events tend to be rather unpredictable, especially this year, and the voting reflects that. Athletes to watch include Northwest’s Aaron Beidleman, the Quince Orchard duo of Dorian Jones and Dylan Bikim, Paint Branch’s Uche Osuji, and Seneca Valley’s Donovan Beckett-Simms.

In the throws, Noah Vernick of Quince Orchard won the fan voting, but he has some stiff competition in the discus. Two weeks ago, Watkins Mill’s Billy Emerson threw a ridiculous 171 feet in the discus – a repeat effort would give him a new county record.

And, of course, the pole vault (which at this point is probably already over), should be a competition between Clarksburg teammates, Chris Spiess and top vote-getter Timothy Santosa.

Northwest was the popular choice for first place on the boys side, and their dominant indoor season justified that. Second place will most likely be a battle between Paint Branch and Quince Orchard, who flip-flopped positions throughout the indoor season, and a strong Richard Montgomery team.

Editor's Choice: Walt Whitman boys to crack the top 5. Distance running alone does not win a track meet, but the Walt Whitman distance boys turned in an historically dominant performance at the Viking Invitational. The Vikings put up two sub-1:58 800s, a sub-4:27 1600, and two sub-10:00 3200s - with five different runners. Only one team in the last ten years has ever replicated this feat in an entire outdoor season. The 2010 Walter Johnson Wildcats ended up achieving this feat over the course of the entire season.


2015-05-04 21:12:10

Whitman had two sub 4:27 1600 runners at viking. Evan woods at 4:18 and alex roederer at 4:26

2015-05-04 21:32:44

Diego came 3rd in Penn so we all know who is the better runner here! 😊

Diego Zarate
2015-05-04 22:11:26

we got out the vote :)

2015-05-04 23:10:20


2015-05-05 12:01:53

Daniel singer is such a gentleman!!!

Alex Roederer
2015-05-06 01:52:06

Fran motivates me to run. I envision her while I run. We hooked up. I'm a senior. She's 14.

2015-05-06 07:32:04

If your going to Blaspheme get your facts straight… shes 15

2015-05-06 13:03:35

Preston scherr salty af that he got removed from the track team.

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