Everyone from Kensington to Burtonsville believed that Northwood's boys team would repeat as Consortia XC champions in 2018. That mission was accomplished, but athletes' and coaches' faces really lit up over the Northwood girls team which won its first Consortia title in meet history.
Northwood coach, Giovanni Reumante, said that it was a surprise. Individual boys champion, Obsaa Feda, praised the girls team before he spoke about his boys team. Individual girls champion, Madison Armonda, said that everybody was pumped.
"We started off our season a little rough," said Armonda. "I think our mentality was really bad, but all this week I was texting them, like, 'We got this. [Blair] won seven out of nine. We can actually do this.' And so I think to come here - everyone this morning was so hyped - and to do it, that's awesome. I'm proud of them."
While Armonda served as the leader and motivator for her girls squad, she found motivation in a pink ribbon pinned over her heart. She missed the Consortia Championships last year in her first year of high school cross country due to the funeral of her grandmother. This year, she pointed to the ribbon as she crossed the finish line first in 20:07.35.
"I ran it for her," said Armonda, tapping her ribbon again.
Armonda led the race from start to finish. Blair's Leah Kannan remained within striking distance for the first mile, but Armonda believed that she created separation on the large downhill about 1.25 miles into the course. She ran alone for the second half of the race and won by nearly a full minute. Hers was the seventh fastest time in meet history.
Top Ten Girls Performances in Meet History
Name 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
Morgan Casey Montgomery Blair 2017 20:01.12
Yasmine Kass Paint Branch 2017 20:01.6
Madison Armonda Northwood 2018 20:07.35
Morgana D'Ottavi Montgomery Blair 2010 20:12.22
Ciciely Davy Albert Einstein 2014 20:14
Morgan Casey Montgomery Blair 2016 20:25
Year Boys Champs Girls Champs
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2018 Northwood Northwood
2017 Northwood Blair
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
"I didn't accomplish my goal," said the first three-time boys meet champion, Obsaa Feda of Northwood High School, "but I still PR'd by a lot [for this course]."
His goal was to break the overall course record of 15:47.5 set by Andrew Broduer in the community race in 2015. Broduer was fresh out of Duke University when he recorded that performance so it is not considered to be the high school course record. Feda had to settle for the high school course record for the second consecutive year with his winning time of 16:03.58. His teammate, Eldad Mulugeta, finished right behind him in 16:03.99.
Mulugeta paced the first mile and the Northwood pair created a commanding lead on the field almost immediately. Feda believed that they were right on target after one mile, but the middle portion of the course was muddy with rocks and bad footing in places which he said slowed him down.
There is no doubt that Northwood's home course has all the turns, hills, creeks, and momentum-busters of a difficult cross-country course, something that he said that they also experienced at the Carlisle Invitational where Mulugeta fell behind Feda's pace. But the fastest man changes from practice-to-practice, and they ran this race close enough to hold hands the entire way, something that we should expect to see more of, according to Feda.
"Counties: me and my teammate are trying to break the county's record [15:24.99] and also going to try like how it feels to run sub-15...We're going to go for it to see how it feels like, and when we go to NXR we are definitely going to try to break it."
Top Ten Boys Performances in Meet History
Name School Year Result
Obsaa Feda Northwood 2018 16:03.58
Eldad Mulugeta Northwood 2018 16:03.99
Obsaa Feda Northwood 2017 16:16
Lorenzo Neil Paint Branch 2014 16:27
Michael Abebe Northwood 2014 16:32
Michael Abebe Northwood 2015 16:35
Nick Simpson Albert Einstein 2012 16:45
Ben Withbroe Albert Einstein 2012 16:45
Binyam Tadesse John F. Kennedy 2014 16:45
Obsaa Feda Northwood 2016 16:45