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Around the County Week 4
By: Ryun Anderson

A quiet week in Montgomery County ended with a bang on Saturday with two of the DMV's largest meets on schedule. Here is this week's summary in Montgomery County running:

The top time among Montgomery County boys at the DCXC Invite was Northwood senior Michael Abebe, who clocked a time of 16:20 (good for sixth) in the senior class race despite running with one shoe for most of the time. Quince Orchard's Liam Walsh (16:23, 8th) and Wootton's Colin Sybing (16:24, 9th) followed right behind.

The Montgomery County girls rankings will receive a good shake-up after this weekend. Walter Johnson's Emily Murphy recorded the fastest Moco time of the day (18:50), finishing fourth in the senior race, with Whitman's Sami King (fifth) and Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye (sixth) close behind.

The Wootton boys finished second overall and first among local teams in the unique DCXC class-oriented scoring system. Only a team that traveled to DC from Louisville, Kentucky finished ahead of Wootton. It was Wootton's first major race since handily winning the Track and Trail Invitational two weeks earlier.

The Whitman girls team finished second in the overall team scoring behind Virginia's James Madison. The Walter Johnson girls team which placed third was back to having a full-strength top five with Murphy and Katriane Kirsch returning after missing Oatlands, but Whitman had the advantage in the unusual class scoring system with a deeper team and stronger freshman and junior class.

B-CC's Lucas Heinzerling and Dylan Kannapell were the only two Moco boys to break 17 at Bull Run, leading the Barons to a fifth place finish in the elite race. But it was the Lady Barons who turned in the performance of the day, edging out Dulaney to win the girls' elite title. They were led by the duo of Michaela Peterson and freshman Virginia Brown.

The Clarksburg girls finished second in the large school varsity race with another miniscule 1-5 split (30 seconds). The Einstein boys, led by senior Alejandro Arias (third place), took home first place in the medium school race, while the Einstein girls finished second in team scores behind Ciciely Davy (second). Blake's James Newport (5th in large school), and Rockville's Adam Sarsony (4th in medium school) also turned in top-five performances on the day.

Good Counsel traveled to the Carlisle Invitational in Pennsylvania for the annual race on the fast course. Jack Wavering finished fifth in a PR of 15:40, leading the Falcons to a third place team finish. Claudia Wendt broke 19:00 (18:51) in a 5K for the first time (given the Howard County Invitational was reported to be short of 5k).

Finally, the Landon boys handily won their Landon Invitational on Saturday. Another win for them helps their case as a private school to watch in the upcoming weeks. Holy Cross took home the win on the girls side.

WHAT'S NEXT: More dual meets on schedule, most notably the Tuesday afternoon battle between Richard Montgomery, Whitman, and B-CC. If either opposing team manages to take down the B-CC girls, it will leave the Walter Johnson girls team alive in the division. Also, Northwest and Quince Orchard will meet, giving Branson Oduor a chance to run against one of Moco's best in Liam Walsh. The meets will be smaller next Saturday than they were this past weekend, although many teams in Moco will travel to the relatively close Urbana Invitational.

Here's to another great week in Montgomery County running!


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