Things really got going in the third week of action for the 2016 fall season. With nearly every public school team racing in a division meet, plus many invitationals over the weekend, there's a lot to recap. Here's the rundown:
- On Tuesday, the Walter Johnson girls debuted their full varsity team (sans top runner Abigail Green) in a convincing victory over Churchill. They placed five runners between Churchill's first and second finishers. Later in the week they would finish third in the varsity A race at the Oatlands Invitational.
- On Wednesday the Watkins Mill boys picked up victories over both Rockville and Seneca Valley, securing their first season with multiple division meet wins since 2010.
- B-CC looked strong on both the boys and girls sides in their race at Landon on Wednesday. Zoe Nuechterlein and Adam Nakasaka picked up the individual wins, and it is possible that both squads could be the favorites coming into the county championships this season. Another note: the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School boys had a solid season in 2015 and looked even better at Landon this past week with three boys among the top eight finishers. While Good Counsel still boasts the best private school boys team in the county, the Lions might be second.
- Quince Orchard, B-CC and Churchill made the trek down to Cary, NC for the annual Adidas XC Invite on Saturday. Adam Nakasaka turned in the top Maryland performance of the day, finishing 13th in the championship race with a new personal best of 15:53.70. Churchill's Julia Reicin was the top Maryland girls performer, finishing 8th in the championship race at 18:48.00.
- A number of Moco teams traveled across the river to the Oatlands Invitational and came home with a bunch of hardware. Richard Montgomery's Rohann Asfaw made history by becoming just the second Maryland boy to win the A race. The other? Moco's own Solomon Haile, who won the race in 2008 for Sherwood before winning the Footlocker National title later that season. Oatlands Invitational winners have a tendency to qualify for the Footlocker National Finals later in the season. Asfaw's 15:47 time leads all Moco boys this season.
- Asfaw was not the only one making headlines at Oatlands. Walter Johnson's Abigail Green followed up her sub-18 performance last weekend with a runner-up finish in the A race. Her race led the Wildcat girls to a third-place finish. In the varisty B race, Northwood's Obsaa Feda picked up the first major win of his young career, clocking a personal best time of 16:55. He continued the tradition of Northwood boys winning the varsity B race at Oatlands; in 2014, Michael Abebe won the race as a junior, and he would go on to finish fourth at the 3A state championships that season.
- Northwest High School went to Virginia as well, but not to Oatlands - instead, they were at the William & Mary Invitational. Their girls team, led by 2-3 finishes from Sofia Zarate and Helena Lee, convincingly won the varsity B race. The boys team finished third in the varsity A race.
- Paint Branch, Blake and Springbrook traveled to Dulaney High School for the annual Barnhart Invitational. Paint Branch's Yasmine Kass turned in a great race, finishing fifth with a new personal best of 19:04.90. Paint Branch's Steven Anderson was the top male finisher from Montgomery County, clocking a new personal best of 16:59.00.
- Clarksburg and Rockville raced up at the Hood College Invitational in Frederick. Clarksburg's Zachary Worthman finished 14th in the boys varsity race with a new personal best of 16:47.70.
- The boys from Landon were at the Mercersburg Invitational, where they won a close race over Leesburg Christian and St. Maria Goretti.
What's next: Another full slate of division meets, including the big one: the Walter Johnson vs. B-CC girls on Tuesday. Oh yeah, Richard Montgomery will be there too, and a matchup between possibly the top two boys in the county (Asfaw and Nakasaka). Another big matchup will be two of the top girls in the 3A classification when Heather Delaplaine (Damascus) and Nandini Satsangi (Poolesville) meet. Landon hosts their annual invitational on Saturday, which will feature mostly private schools; the public schools will be split between the DCXC and Spiked Shoe Invites. Both meets are expected to be huge, especially with Spiked Shoe essentially replacing the Bull Run Invitational.
Here's to another great week of running in Montgomery County!