Developmental Meet #2 Notes
By: Kevin Milsted
Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Boys

There probably isn't a bigger three-sport star in Moco than Gaithersburg's Zach Fetters. In the past year, he has helped the baseball team to a regional final, carried the football team to a regional title, and is the reigning indoor high jump state champion. He says he's going to play as many sports he can for as long as he can. He is happy to be back on the track after what he described as a fun football season, but he says that he is sick of 6-04. The Gaithersburg senior, sporting a finely trimmed beard, cleared 6-04 in his first meet of the season, but vows to clear 6-06 in the high jump at the Montgomery Invitational. He is also trying some new events, explaining that he threw 39 feet in the shot put from a standing stance today and may do more with the long and triple jump.

Gaithersburg is doing ok in the long jump as freshman Solomon Vault had the best jump of the day with a mark of 19-10.50, an indoor mark that only last year's freshman of the year Kendall Fuller has bettered among Montgomery County freshmen in the last five years. Clarksburg sophomore Paul Joseph jumped 19-09, Springbrook's Tony Dantzler and Wootton's Damian Cruz jumped 19-07, and QO's Kenny Lang jumped 19-05.

Triple jump and shot put results were not recorded.

Each relay race came down to Blake vs. Kennedy in some way.

Blake's Nhial Agok and Kennedy's Kemol Anderson led for the first leg of the 4x800 with Anderson taking over on the fourth lap and handing off just ahead of Agok in 2:04. Kennedy's second leg, Sadiq Yusef took over the lead for Kennedy, and despite losing the lead briefly, handed off in first after a 2:12 split. Blake's Alistair McLean retook the lead and created separation from Kennedy with a 2:10 split and Darius Oxley put the race away with a 2:05 split and an overall time of 8:32. Magruder worked its way into the race and finished second in 8:35 ahead of Kennedy (8:45).

I didn't get all the names of the 4x200 runners, but Kennedy got the best of Blake in a tightly contested race with a time of about 1:35.6. Quince Orchard ran 1:36 in a later heat.

In the 4x400, Blake handed off first in 52.9 with Kennedy directly behind. The two teams handed off for the second time side by side with about a 56.0 split. Blake broke the race open on the third and fourth legs with splits of 55.6 and 53.0 and an overall time of 3:37.5. Kennedy ran 3:41.3.

Eric Bishop from Quince Orchard won the first heat of the 55-meter hurdles in 8.1h with Ehab Abutaleb of Whitman second in about 8.2h. In the second heat, Darius Lewis of QO and Simba Gwashavanu and Mamadou Doukere of Gaithersburg all finished together in 8.3h. Abdel Fonkako of Kennedy won the third heat in 8.3h.

The boys 55-meter dash saw more speed from Quince Orchard as Devin Haywood won the first heat in 6.40h and Darius Lewis won the second heat in 6.51h. Other fast heat winners included Micah Phillips-Spencer of Churchill in 6.57h and Tony Dantzler of Springbrook in 6.60h.

William Yougnia of Watkins Mill won the first heat of the 300 in 36.9 but Micah Phillips-Spencer of Churchill hunted him down and nearly caught him at the line. Chris Gardner of Kennedy won the second heat in 36.9, approximately the same time as the first heat. Coach Monroe says Gardner is a junior and brand new to track.

RM's Sam Martin pushed Kennedy's Kemol Anderson around the track for times of 67.4 and 67.8. RM's Zach Angel ran 69.4 for third place.

Martin bounced back a little later to double up and win the 800 in 2:01.12 after splitting 60 seconds at the 400-meter mark. Churchill's Will Conway held off a hard-charging Handson Wu from Wootton for times of 2:04.2 and 2:04.6.

After a 2:20 800-meter split and a 3:30 1200-meter split by a pack of Drew Lehner, Conor Spaulding and Zach Weinstein, the 1600-meter race came down to a hard-kicking final 400-meters. The advantage went to Lehner who outkicked his QO teammate 4:35.7 to 4:35.9. Weinstein finished third in 4:41.

In the boys 3200, Sherwood's Jackson Reams took control of the race after 600 meters in 1:56. Reams led a pack of Andrew Ceruzzi, Kenny Wohl, and Alex Arias to a 1600-meter split of 5:07. On the ninth lap, Reams surrendered the lead to Arias and sat behind him until the final lap when he kicked for the win in 10:01. Arias was second in 10:02, Ceruzzi was third in 10:05, and Weinstein of Churchill was fourth in 10:07.

The Girls

Kennedy's Thea LaFond jumped 40-03.25 in the triple jump. To put that in perspective, 40-03.25 would have been the #4 best jump in the nation last indoor season according to That's just a hint of what we can expect out of LaFond this season. She also cleared 5-04 in the high jump and won the first heat of the hurdles in about 8.6.

Springbrook's Lindsey Pinckney had the best long jump of the day with a mark of 16-09.50. Jeida Robertson of Magruder jump 16-06.50 and QO's Bryeanna Rhodes jump 15-06 for third place.

Triple jump and shot put results were not recorded.

The girls 55-meter dash saw a couple of fast heat winners. Paint Branch's Felicia Grizzle clearly won the first heat in 7.3h and Sherwood's Jasmine Smalls was equally impressive with a time of 7.3h. All the way back in the sixth heat, Magruder's Bethany White matched the best of the day with yet another 7.3h.

Northwest's Olivia Ekpone had a relatively light day of work and won the 300-meter dash in a mere 40.9. B-CC's Brittany Wade was a good two seconds back in 43.5. A later heat winner was Udeme Akpaete of Springbrook in 43.2.

Later Akpaete would push the pace in the 500, but Northwest's Ekpone and India Knight charged to the front with a lap to go. Ekpone finished in 1:18.6 while Knight held off Akpaete in 1:20.

Wootton's Grace Corbett was never challenged in the open 800 as she cruised to victory in 2:28. Whitman's Tessa Morrison had a big kick on the final lap to finish in 2:35 ahead of B-CC's Brittany Wade in 2:36.

Sherwood's Grace McDonald led the 1600-meter race to a pedestrian first 800 meters in 2:51. Clarksburg's Abbey Daley finally took over on the fifth lap and dropped a negative split of 2:43 to win in 5:34. Her final lap was in 36 seconds. McDonald finished second in 5:39 while Morgana D'Ottavi of Blair was third in 5:41.

D'Ottavi chased after Whitman's Alexandra Phillips in the 3200 meter race. Phillips split 5:56 at the 1600-meter mark while D'Ottavi split 5:59. Phillips ran about a 5:55 to keep the pace even in the second half and win easily in 11:51. D'Ottavi was second in about 12:13 and Whitman's Caroline Elmendorf finished third in 12:20.

The aforementioned Alexandra Phillips and Tessa Morrison teamed up with Caroline and Laura Elmendorf to win the 4x800 relay in 10:36. The fastest Whitman splits came from Phillips (2:32) and Morrison (2:34). Magruder finished second in 10:56 while Damascus finished third in 11:07. Alex Carroll split 2:30 for Damascus.

Don't take for granted that the fastest runners are in the first heat, especially when it comes to the Magruder girls. The Kennedy girls defeated Paint Branch and Wootton in the first heat of the 4x200 with times of 1:53.3, 1:55.7, and 1:55.9. In the third heat, Magruder won without competition in a time of 1:49.4.

Magruder rallied to run past Quince Orchard at the finish line in the 4x400 relay. Magruder ran 4:35.5 while QO ran 4:35.7.

The Coaches

For the first time, the developmental meet included races for coaches. Events were 55-, 200-, and 1600-meters.

Einstein coach Kate Ligon won the women's 55-meter dash in about 7.8. Elrid Cason of Damascus won the men's 55-meter in a landslide in 6.8.

Blair coach Heather Nelson was the first female finisher in the 200 in 29.4 and the 1600 in 6:41.

Ligon's brother Bret Ligon won the men's 200-meter dash in 26.0 with a tight pack behind him.

Churchill's Paul Jacobson won the 1600 in 5:02.

All times listed in this report are unofficial and timed by hand. No official results were recorded.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010
08:44:44 PM
Akpaete also ran the 55 dash, running side by side with Gwen Shaw.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
09:46:32 PM
Grace Corbett. You rock my world.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
03:32:42 PM
actually, the results for the girls 3200 are different, the two whitman girls finished first and second in 11:51 and 12:19, and morgana ran 12:30 for third place

other runner
Thursday, December 30, 2010
04:21:23 PM
also about the 3200- phillips did finish in first, and d'ottavi also split below 6:00 for the first mile, but she fell off the pace and elmendorf's incredible kick in the last 400 pushed her into second at 12:20, and d'ottavi finished in third at 12:30

Thursday, December 30, 2010
05:07:02 PM
Can't wait to see what Julia Shapiro from QO will run in the 500. She's definitely the dark horse in the race.

Thursday, December 30, 2010
10:48:33 PM
there were two more guys that hung with the lead pack in the 3200, one magruder and one from whitman. both finished near the leaders

Monday, January 03, 2011
11:51:56 AM
Blake bout be on top!!!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011
01:38:29 PM
that kid nick shelton is a beast..he is not running indoor and he is in 11th grade and in 10th grade he ran a 1:10 in the in outdoor he is going to b a beast..and in indoor no one will b able to touch him

Friday, January 07, 2011
02:12:37 PM
Elrids a beast:)

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