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Consortia Championship Preview
By: Kevin Milsted
webmaster@mocorunning.com
2017-10-12


Consortia Team Champions:
 Year Boys Champs 	Girls Champs
 ==== ============      ============
 2016 Einstein          Blair
 2015 Einstein 		Blair
 2014 Paint Branch 	Einstein
 2013 Paint Branch  	Einstein
 2012 Einstein 		Blair
 2011 Einstein 		Blair
 2010 Einstein 		Blair
 2009 Einstein 		Blair


The historical list of meet champions may look rather lopsided, but last year's boys team championship was decided by just two points. The 2017 Consortia Championship will be just as hotly contested.

50% of Consortia coaches polled predicted that Northwood would win the boys team title and 50% of Consortia coaches predicted that it would once again be Einstein.

Einstein head coach, Eric DaSilva, added a third and fourth alternative. He commented that the boys team race will be a battle with Northwood, Einstein, and Paint Branch with Blair lurking.

What does recent history tell us in terms of recent matchups? Very little. There has been surprisingly little crossover among Consortia teams in the first six weeks of the season.

Paint Branch and Einstein were in the same MCPS division. Einstein beat Paint Branch in their only meeting, but the Panthers showed DaSilva enough to be on high alert.

Northwood has had no meetings with either Einstein or Paint Branch this season. Northwood has not raced very much in general, but they showed at the Spiked Shoe Invitational that their boys team has five quality runners including the defending Consortia Champion, Obsaa Feda. The intrigue and mystery of the boys race is at an all-time high for one primary reason: nobody is quite sure just how good the Gladiators are.

Most coaches believe that the girls race will not have nearly the drama of the boys race. The majority of coaches (75%) predicted that Blair would win the girls team title for the seventh time in nine years. In Mocorunning's view, there should be no dissenters. Blair's girls team should approach last year's point total of 21 points.

Both male and female defending champions are back and they are having great seasons, but neither is guaranteed an easy win. Paint Branch's Yasmine Kass will likely be challenged by Blair's Morgan Casey. Northwood's Obsaa Feda will try to shake off Einstein's trio of Simeon Mussie, Noah Clifford, and Tyler Wilson. 100% of coaches polled believe that Obsaa Feda will defend his title while 75% of coaches predicted that Yasmine Kass will repeat her title. One coach had an alternative view that Northwood's Madison Armonda would win the individual title at home.

 Individual Meet Champions  
 ==================================================================
 2016 Obsaa Feda  	Northwood 	16:45
 2015 Michael Abebe  	Northwood 	16:35
 2014 Lorenzo Neil  	Paint Branch 	16:27 (Meet Record)
 2013 Lorenzo Neil  	Paint Branch 	17:00
 2012 Ben Withbroe  	Einstein 	16:45
 2011 Nick Simpson  	Einstein 	17:30
 2010 Andrew Ceruzzi  	Einstein 	17:31.23
 2009 Andrew Ceruzzi  	Einstein 	18:34
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 2016 Yasmine Kass  	Paint Branch 	19:33
 2015 Bethlehem Taye  	Paint Branch 	19:26 (Meet Record)
 2014 Ciciely Davy  	Einstein 	20:14
 2013 Karen Escobedo  	Springrbook 	20:33
 2012 Sydney Almeida  	Springbrook 	20:26
 2011 Morgana D'Ottavi 	Blair  		20:42
 2010 Morgana D'Ottavi 	Blair  		20:12.22
 2009 Morgan Kershner  	Northwood 	22:19


Top Ten Performances at the Consortia Championships
Boys 
======================================================================
Athlete      		School    		Year  Result 
======================================================================
Lorenzo Neil    	Paint Branch     	2014  16:27 
Michael Abebe   	Northwood     		2014  16:32 
Michael Abebe  		Northwood  		2015  16:35
Obsaa Feda      	Northwood     		2016  16:45 
Binyam Tadesse  	John F. Kennedy   	2014  16:45 
Ben Withbroe    	Albert Einstein   	2012  16:45 
Nick Simpson    	Albert Einstein   	2012  16:45 
Alejandro Arias 	Albert Einstein   	2015  16:52 
Lorenzo Neil  		Paint Branch  		2013  17:00
Simeon Mussie   	Albert Einstein   	2016  17:02 

Girls
====================================================================== 
Athlete      		School    		Year  Result 
======================================================================
Bethlehem Taye   	Paint Branch    	2015  19:26 
Yasmine Kass     	Paint Branch    	2016  19:33 
Ciciely Davy     	Albert Einstein  	2015  19:38 
Josephine Brane-Wright  Montgomery Blair   	2016  19:49 
Morgana D'Ottavi  	Montgomery Blair   	2010  20:12.22
Ciciely Davy     	Albert Einstein  	2014  20:14 
Morgan Casey     	Montgomery Blair   	2016  20:25 
Sydney Almeida   	Springbrook    		2012  20:26 
Catherine Oberfield	James H. Blake   	2015  20:29 
Karen Escobedo   	Springbrook    		2013  20:33 
 

Top Ten Performances at the Consortia Championships
(ONE PERFORMANCE PER ATHLETE)
======================================================================
Athlete      		School    		Year  Result 
======================================================================
Lorenzo Neil     	Paint Branch      	2014  16:27 
Michael Abebe    	Northwood     		2014  16:32 
Obsaa Feda      	Northwood     		2016  16:45 
Binyam Tadesse   	John F. Kennedy   	2014  16:45 
Ben Withbroe     	Albert Einstein   	2012  16:45 
Nick Simpson     	Albert Einstein   	2012  16:45 
Alejandro Arias  	Albert Einstein   	2015  16:52 
Simeon Mussie    	Albert Einstein   	2016  17:02 
James Newport    	James H. Blake    	2015  17:07 
Harold Dorsey    	Paint Branch      	2012  17:09 
 
Athlete     		 School   		Year  Result 
======================================================================
Bethlehem Taye   	Paint Branch    	2015  19:26 
Yasmine Kass     	Paint Branch    	2016  19:33 
Ciciely Davy     	Albert Einstein  	2015  19:38 
Josephine Brane-Wright  Montgomery Blair   	2016  19:49 
Morgana D'Ottavi   	Montgomery Blair   	2010  20:12.22 
Morgan Casey     	Montgomery Blair   	2016  20:25 
Sydney Almeida   	Springbrook    		2012  20:26 
Catherine Oberfield    	James H. Blake   	2015  20:29 
Karen Escobedo   	Springbrook    		2013  20:33 
Mahlet Bauerle   	Albert Einstein   	2015  20:37 





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Ryun
2017-10-12 19:38:38

Looks like rain this year. About time.

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