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MCPS Meet #1 Notes
By: Kevin Milsted

Northwest High School's Taylor Wright is back to her winning ways. Wright won the high jump in a personal best 5-08, the triple jump in 37-04.50, and the 55-meter dash in 7.26. The 5-08 high jump was the best mark by a Montgomery County athlete indoors or outdoors since 2011.

Janise Bestman of Paint Branch recorded an indoor personal best shot put mark because she never competed indoors until now. Welcome to indoors. She recorded 34-02.50 in the shot put (1st) as well as 32-01.50 in the triple jump (4th).

Three out of the top four finishers in the girls 1600m race were freshman led by Walter Johnson's Ella Gaul. Gaul won out of the second-to-last heat in 5:32.77. Coach Tom Martin was especially excited for the win because Gaul could not finish the cross-country season due to illness.

Just ten days after competing in the Footlocker Northeast Cross Country Championship, B-CC's Adam Nakasaka outkicked the competition to win the boys 1600 in 4:31.58. He doubled back to finish third in 800m in 2:04.09.

Paint Branch's Kaya Rae Dunbar pushed Northwest's Eddita Pessima but Pessima closed the best over the final two hurdles. With times of 8.57 and 8.70, both state-caliber athletes were top five in MCPS #1 meet history.

Tray Dawkins of Northwest High School outran all hurdlers to win the boys 55-meter hurdles in 8.25.

Khaloni Mganga of Northwest High School was the top sprinter in the boys 55-meter dash with a time of 6.63. It was the second fastest 55-meter performance in MCPS Meet #1 history.

Eldon Phillips of Northwood High School and Chase Osborne of Northwest High School broke the MCPS Meet #1 all-time best performance in the 800m (previously 2:03.1) with times of 1:59.19 and 1:59.26.

Divinus Muteba of Northwest High School set the MCPS Meet #1 All-Time best performance in the high jump with a mark of 6-06.

Andrew Birgin of Walter Johnson High School was #2 all-time at MCPS Meet #1 in the shot put with a mark of 52-03.50.


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