61 valid votes were collected between October 6 and October 14 for Mocorunning's County Championship Poll. Below are the composite results of that poll.
Fan Favorite Top Ten Girls
Name, School Poll Points
1. Jenna Goldberg, Walter Johnson 351
2. Charlotte Turesson, R. Montgomery 331
3. Ella Gaul, Walter Johnson 279
4. Katie Kaneko, Sherwood 250
5. Avery Jackson, Clarksburg 153
6. Alicia Lauwers, Whitman 131
7. Emmersen Weinberg, Whitman 111
8. Madeleine Blaisdell, Whitman 87
9. Alexa Avila, Blair 80
10. Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz, Damascus 61
Fan Favorite Top Ten Boys
Name, School Poll Points
1. Garrett Suhr, Richard Montgomery 516
2. Ayu Fantaw, Northwood 451
3. Henok Eshetu, Northwood 291
4. Surafel Mengist, Springbrook 282
5. Jacob Marks, Walter Johnson 263
6. Timothy Boyce, Northwood 194
7. Tamrat Snyder, Damascus 179
8. Sean Enright, Sherwood 142
9. Aidan Goldenberg-Hart, R.M. 115
10. Joel Simpson, Blair 114
Fan Favorite Top Ten Girls Teams
School Poll Points
1. Walt Whitman 293
2. Walter Johnson 287
3. Bethesda Chevy Chase 203
4. Wootton 183
5. Sherwood 140
6. Montgomery Blair 136
7. Winston Churchill 133
8. Richard Montgomery 108
9. Gaithersburg 76
10. Northwest 51
Fan Favorite Top Ten Boys Teams
School Poll Points
1. Northwood 404
2. Richard Montgomery 367
3. Walter Johnson 346
4. Montgomery Blair 278
5. Sherwood 219
6. Winston Churchill 153
7. Bethesda Chevy Chase 149
8. Walt Whitman 107
9. Thomas S. Wootton 66
10. Northwest 64
Just for fun: (Avg Response)
Winning Boys Time: 15:30.96
Winning Girls Time: 17:59.76
Winning Boys Team Score: 59.6
Winning Girls Team Score: 64.7
Turesson or Goldberg? Goldberg or Turesson? More like...course record or no course record? Abigail Green's 2016 course record of 17:46.62 is stout, but these girls have something that she never had: competition. Never before has MoCo had two star athletes under 17:50 entering the county championship meet. Turesson has the edge on the 5k leaderboard with a 17:42.7 when Goldberg ran 17:48.7 in a different race at the Great American XC Fest. Goldberg has the head-to-head edge with a 4 second advantage over Turesson in their only meeting this year at the Oatlands Invitational. Both runners will vie for a state title and national championship qualification later in the year, but before that, this matchup should make for the greatest girls race in Montgomery County Championship Meet history. 51% of voters selected Goldberg to win on Saturday. 46% of voters selected Turesson to win.
Fans favored the Whitman girls to repeat as team county champions. The Whitman girls seemed untouchable for most of the year, but WJ had a stronger showing than Whitman up I-95 at the Manhattan Invitational last weekend. WJ and Whitman should both have four runners in the top twenty in the county so it will come down to that #5 runner for both teams. WJ and Whitman are tied each with ten all-time girls county titles.
Fans favored Northwood to repeat as boys team county champions. Northwood's top four is lethal as demonstrated at last weekend's Consortia Championships and earlier at the Great American XC Fest. Northwood's relatively distant fifth man leaves the door open for Walter Johnson and Richard Montgomery to upset the defending champs.
Garrett Suhr is heavily favored to win his first XC county title after his tremendous 15:16.0 5k at the Great American XC Fest and a runner-up finish at the Oatlands Invitational.
Monday, October 14, 2019 10:53:26 PM
If Suhr doesn't sit and kick then we should see both course records go...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 08:00:20 AM
There are three that might believe they can pace a record if pacers set them up, Suhr, Fantaw and Mengist. Suhr doesn't have to make the decision to go for the record. If either Fantaw or Mengist decides that their best chance of winning is running from the gun for the record then they will set Suhr up to kick to the record.
As Keven described, at the Consortia they paced the first mile. Then Mengist knew he had to get away with 500 or so to go because they had let the pace go up the hill and through the part of the course with the technical footing. At Bohrer, they can chose to either pace from the gun or to feel each other out and fight surges with surges.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 08:47:02 AM
Blair boys are winning counties.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 11:42:12 AM
Gaithersburg could slide in that top ten
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 01:47:27 PM
Win consortia first
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 04:06:17 PM
While I don't agree that Blair will win counties or beat Northwood at counties, unless Northword finds a 5th runner, Blair will do relatively better at counties than Northwood and relatively worse again at North regions.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 05:04:13 PM
North regions is going to be wild.
Curious 4a west runner
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 05:48:36 PM
Does anyone know how many teams are advancing out of 4a North?
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 05:57:46 PM
Usually it’s 6. There’s 11 teams. Mervo and Kennedy May not have had 5 people run 2 meets this season and if they didn’t they won’t count towards the 11 teams and then 5 will qualify. Teams don’t always post all their results online. It likely will be 6.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:21:00 AM
WJ Boys smoked Northwood on Northwoods home course. Postseason is a lot closer to that course than great american
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 08:12:39 PM
The runner up team this year has a good chance at being the fastest team in a decade to not win the whole thing on the boys side
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 11:24:28 PM
This is one of the least competitive years for the county. Early in the decade, churchill, wootton, WJ, Bcc, whitman among others would slaughter this years field.
Even Einstein 2012 could contend in the current landscape.
Thursday, October 17, 2019 05:01:34 PM
Richard MontCHOKEry thinks they have a shot. A HAHAHAHHAHAHA
Friday, October 18, 2019 09:38:06 AM
WJ needs to calm down. Gio had his boys tempo every meet. Check the Consortia times to see what Northwood actually runs on that course.
Friday, October 18, 2019 10:35:25 AM
You need to calm down, you're being too loud
And I'm just like oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh (oh)
You need to just stop
Like can you just not step on my gown?
Friday, October 18, 2019 12:39:20 PM
If you think that Charlotte is going to beat Jenna then you probably got a Damascus level of education