In its second year, the Elite Friday Showcase at the Viking Invitational was incredible. Seven meet records were broken: 5:07.45 mile by Yasmine Kass (Paint Branch), 48.64 400m by Seydi Sall (Richard Montgomery), 4:16.59 mile by Ryan Lockett (Poolesville), 42.83 4x100m by Springbrook, 10:49.30 DMR by B-CC, 21-04.75 Long Jump by Keith Cartwright (Wootton), 46-00.00 Triple Jump by Renaldo Smith (Sherwood).
Here is Friday night in photos.
With apologies, Friday beltway traffic kept me from witnessing the Blair girls win the DMR in 12:48.80. Photo courtesy of @blairprincipal on
B-CC clocked 10:49.30 in the DMR which was a new meet record and the best by a B-CC team since 2008.
Walter Johnson's Courtney Christian won her first of two races in the 100-meter high
hurdles with a time of 15.20.
Nico Yarbough of Dulaney won the 110-meter hurdles in 15.51 and the high jump in 6-02 because
he's an athlete.
Right about then, Tatiana Teixeira of Churchill High School won the girls high jump with a leap of 5-00.
Churchill's Karis Lee topped all-comers in the elite Friday 100m in 12.53.
These guys used to be teammates at Kennedy. I'm not trying to start something, but I bet they really wanted to beat each other. Raynard Bell
of Kennedy won this race in 10.98.
Severna Park swept the top two spots in this 400-meter dash, 58.11 and 58.61.
This was an amazing race in which freshman Seydi Sall of Richard Montgomery ran 48.64 and junior Eldon Phillips of Northwood ran 48.72. Third
place Mayen McClain of Springbrook ran 49.67. For what it's worth, Bullis freshman Ashton Allen clocked 48.84 earlier this month. MoCo pretty
much has the best two freshman quarter milers in the nation. Your move, Ashton.
Speaking of freshmen, RM's freshman national mile
champion, Garrett Suhr, is suffering from back spasms and is out of action indefinitely.
Hayley Jackson was phenomenal in running 10:42.70 in the elite 3200m. She missed Maria
Coffin's meet record (10:37.07) by about five seconds. Molly Barrick of Northern clocked 10:59.25 in the same race, and Abigail Green of
Walter Johnson clocked 10:53.54 in a different race. I was told that Green missed the elite race Friday night due to getting over the
B-CC's Adam Nakasaka shook off his competition and gutted out a PR in the 3200 in 9:26.46. It was the best mark in meet history by a MoCo
athlete. The next day he also clocked 4:30.24 in the 1600m.
The 300-meter hurdle race was not close as Courtney Christian of Walter Johnson completed her double victory in 46.13.
The 300-meter hurdles victory in 39.89 was the fastest in meet history by a Montgomery County athlete. The celebration was much deserved by
Northwood's Jamarcus Plato.
This is pretty much what the whole race looked like until Yasmine Kass of Paint Branch out-leaned Julia Reicin of Churchill at the finish
line, 5:07.45 to 5:07.65. It was a meet record for the elite Friday night mile (excluding 1600-meter performances).
Ryan Lockett of Poolesville High School dropped the hammer with 500 meters to go in a 1-mile race to fly to victory in a meet record and
Poolesville school record time of 4:16.59. His final 400-meters was recorded in 59 seconds. It was the fastest mile by a Montgomery County
non-senior in more than a decade.
It became a little too dark for photography during the final event: the girls and boys 4x100's. Springbrook won the elite 4x1 in 42.83. The
Gaithersburg girls won the same event in 49.74.
Regrettably, no photo: Andrew Birgin of Walter Johnson High School had a massive break through with a 51-00.50 victory in the shot put. Great
marks also came from Wootton's sophomore Keith Cartwright (21-04.75 LJ), Sherwood's Renaldo Smith (46-00.00/21-03.00), and St. Andrews'
Anthony Diruji (45-07.00 TJ).