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Girls County Championship Poll Results
By: Ryun Anderson

Editor's note: Mocorunning conducted the county championship poll before the release of the meet entries. Below you will read the poll results compiled and written before the release of the meet entries.

Between May 1 and May 8, 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. 75 valid submissions were received, but voters were not required to vote for every category.

The county champion favorites are listed with the percentage of votes received.

Event Name, School %
100m Taylor Wright, Northwest 58.2
200m Taylor Wright, Northwest 51.9
400m Cori Brown, Northwest
Chanel Solomon, Clarksburg
800m Abigail Green, Walter Johnson 33.3
1600m Bethlehem Taye, Paint Branch 38.9
3200m Bethlehem Taye, Paint Branch 45.6
110/100m Hurdles Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg 88.2
300m Hurdles Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg 70.6
4x100 Clarksburg 42.0
4x200 Clarksburg 44.7
4x400 Damascus 39.2
4x800 Damascus 40.7
High Jump Stephanie Bateky, Northwest 38.3
Long Jump Leondra Correia, Northwest 40.0
Triple Jump Taylor Wright, Northwest 45.7
Shot Put Justina Ababio, Clarksburg 64.4
Discus Justina Ababio, Clarksburg 53.3
Pole Vault Paige Evans, Clarksburg 31.8

Avg Answer
Just for Fun Winning Girls 4x400 Time 4:02.57
How many individual records (boys and girls) will be tied or broken? 4.0

Rk Girls School Poll Points
1 Clarksburg 137
2 Northwest 131
3 Walter Johnson 67
4 Paint Branch 34
5 Damascus 25

Avg Answer
Winning Girls Team Score 113.5

Girls Analysis (Prior to release of meet entries)

The girls team race looks to be the storyline of the day. Clarksburg is the veteran squad with several seniors looking to go out on top. Northwest has youth on its side with championship-caliber freshmen complimenting the upperclassmen. Clarksburg edged out Northwest in the fan poll 137-131 which is indicative of the divisiveness of fan opinion on the matter. The next best team garnered only 67 "poll points."

The Clarksburg girls are led by Alexus Pyles and Justina Ababio. Ababio currently leads Moco girls with a 37'5 mark in the shot put, and she has won three straight county titles in the event (2015 indoor/outdoor, 2016 indoor). She also won the discus fan poll despite only ranking sixth in the event so far this season; the county leader is Einstein's Dalina Julien who threw 117'5 in a victory at the Howard County Spring Classic earlier this season.

Alexus Pyles has a ridiculous 13 individual county titles indoors and outdoors and could add at least two more this season in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. She already holds the county record in the 300 hurdles and could shoot for the record in the 100 hurdles. She could also be a leg on the 4x100 and 4x200 relays, both of which won the fan poll. However, it's Northwest who leads the county in both the 4x100 and 4x200 relays so far this season.

The Northwest girls have plenty of talent, led by outstanding freshman Taylor Wright. She won the fan voting in the 100, 200, and triple jump, and rightfully so considering she leads the county in all three events (by fairly wide margins, except for the triple jump). The Northwest girls' key to success is going to be the jumps - Leondra Correia currently leads the county in the long jump with a shot at the county record of 18-07.75 set back in 1987, and Stephanie Bateky won the fan poll in the high jump. It's going to be interesting to see how Coach Youngblood divides the events up between his athletes in the quest for a team title.

You're also not going to want to miss the girls 3200, featuring Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye, Walter Johnson's Abigail Green and (possibly) Einstein's Ciciely Davy. Both Taye and Green have run 10:37 so far this season, though Taye has the advantage after winning the head-to-head matchup all throughout indoors. In fact, Taye hasn't lost a 3200 since the state championship during the 2015 indoor season. Between Taye, Green, and Annapolis' Maria Coffin, running fans across Maryland should drop whatever they're doing when the three race, as they are some of the best to have ever done it in Maryland's history.

Meet records that could fall: I'll probably bet my right arm that Sally Glynn's 11:00.5 3200 record is going down, as it did at the indoor county championships. Alexus Pyles could challenge her own record in the 300 hurdles and possibly even the 14.05 all-time mark in the 100 hurdles.

Editor's note: An error was discovered in the girls team vote tabulation shortly after this article was first published. The error has been corrected.


Magruder Lover
2016-05-09 22:15:06

Stephanie Davis would have won back to back 200m Titles had she still been at Magruder.

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