Depending on how you want to count it up, the 2015 Burrito Mile can be considered the 10th annual Burrito
Mile event in Maryland. Mocorunning is proud to boast that the event originated on Mocorunning.com when a site user (and Montgomery County
400m champion) Brian Sickles was the first to publish the idea in writing in a public forum in 2006. How to go about it was not very
clear, but the idea had traction.
Former Poolesville runner Chase Weaverling qualified to represent Team USA at the Pan American Junior Championships; 2nd in 10k at USATF
Former GCHS runner Kyle Graves is 1st-Team NCAA All-American with 6th place 1500m Wake Recap
Meet Eric Allen - New Balance Nationals Freshman Champion in the 60m (6.96) and 100m (10.81)
Photo Courtesy of Coach Joe Lee
Bullis girls clocked 46.48 in the 4x100m, fastest performance ever by Mongtomery County team by over a second
Clarksburg's Alexus Pyles earned All-American status in the heptathlon (6th) and won emerging elite 100mHH
Blake girls clocked 3:46.39 in the 4x400, second fastest 4x400 relay ever by a Montgomery County team
Bullis girls won the emerging elite 4x400 in 3:48.12
Blake boys edged out Bullis in the emerging elite 4x100 finals, 42.22 to 42.39. These were the two fastest times by Montgomery County
teams in the past decade
Martha Sam of Blake clocked 54.14 in the 400m (8th), the second fastest Montgomery County performance ever
Bullis girls clocked 4:08.26 in the 1600m SMR, fastest performance in Mocorunning's database (since 2006).
James H. Blake Boys Won the Emerging Elite 4x100 in Fastest MoCo 4x100 in a
Decade (42.22) and clocked 1:29.18 in the 4x200. Photo Courtesy of Paul Kennedy
Tocque Peyton Honored with Jim Vollmer Track and Field Official of the Year Award
Tocque Peyton was honored Saturday June 6 as Montgomery County's track and field
"Official of the Year." Peyton, who has been officiating for over 25 years, was presented the Jim Vollmer Award by recent Poolesville
graduate Denise Larson (left) and rising senior Fiona Whitefield. Vollmer, who died of a heart attack in 2014, was the longtime
Poolesville cross country coach and Watkins Mill track coach who also served as commissioner of officials for 32 years.
Clarksburg Girls Won 4A State Title
The school which opened its doors in 2006 won
the boys 2A state title in 2009 and now in its tenth year is just the third Montgomery County school to ever win the MPSSAA girls' outdoor
track state title in Maryland's largest classification. Congratulations Clarksburg girls on completing a dream season.
DeMatha Boys, Elizabeth Seton Girls Won WCAC Team Titles Good Counsel athletes won several distance events - Photos by Brian
Crilly More WCAC + ISL/MAC Photos in Mocorunning's
GC's Kevin McGivern came
from behind with a ferocious kick to claim the WCAC 1600m title by a split-second over teammate Jack Wavering, 4:26.62 to 4:26.69.
McGivern and Wavering are both juniors.
GC's Rachel Pocratsky ended her high school career with 800/1600 WCAC titles in
2:14.78/5:17.94 in addition to 9:35.57 4x800 and 4:05.60 4x400. Pocratsky clocked 2:13.42 800m earlier in the year. Up next: Four years at
Clarksburg Girls and Northwest Boys Won 4A West Regional Championships
Bullis Girls Won Back-to Back ISL Titles Bullis Boys Win First Ever IAC Title
Kyla Lewis won 3rd and 4th career ISL titles
Masai Russell's 44.02 300m hurdles is 4th
fastest ever by MoCo athlete
Mia Gyau took 2nd and went
under 800m meet record with 2:14.14
3:50.53 4x4, 4th fastest ever by Montgomery County team
Clarksburg Girls and Northwest Boys Won Outdoor Track County Championships
Northwest won the boys team title with 106 points
Clarksburg won the girls team title by 72 points with
Diego Zarate of Northwest and Alexus Pyles of Clarksburg won James Demoss Athlete
of the Meet Awards
1 Montgomery Blair 136.5
2 Albert Einstein 127
3 Wheaton 101.5
4 John F Kennedy 97
5 Northwood 52
1 Albert Einstein 154
2 Montgomery Blair 149
3 John F Kennedy 88
4 Wheaton 65
5 Northwood 54
MoCo Girls Outdoor Track Divisions - Final
MoCo Boys Outdoor Track Divisions - Final
Northwest's Diego Zarate Clocked 4:09.69 in Penn Relays HS Mile He Took 3rd Place and Climbed to #2 Spot on
Mocorunning's Updated All-Time Greatest Milers List (Best
Penn Relays Schedule and Start Lists Bullis School represented MoCo and
America in the 4x100m Relay Championship of America. Bullis took 8th in 47.44, only slower than the 2014 Bullis team on Mocorunning's
Seneca Valley Girls Clocked 9:32.87 4x800. Paint Branch Boys 8:06.36 4x800 Blake Girls had fastest MoCo
4x400, 3:59.89. Northwest boys had fastest MoCo 4x100 and 4x400, 43.22 and 3:22.83. Alexus Pyles (Clarksburg) PR'd in triple jump: 38-
With five state track titles under her belt,
Martha Sam is one of the most decorated athletes of the 2015 class. She owns the fastest 400 meters ever recorded indoors by a Montgomery
County athlete (54.74) and is in the top 10 in seven other categories, not to mention the blazing relays that she has been a part of. Her
emergence has led the surge of the Blake girls track program that has steadily improved over the past few years. She came within .17
seconds of a national title in the 400 at the 2015 New Balance Indoor Nationals and will look to carry that success into the 2015 outdoor
season. While we still have the privilege of having such an extraordinary talent in Montgomery County, let's go a little more in-depth
into the mind of Blake's Martha Sam.
Whitman's Evan Woods Topped Loaded 1600m Field at Viking
Invitational 4:18.22/1:57.77 Tune-Up Foreshadows Renewed Rivalry with Northwest's Diego Zarate at Upcoming
Elsewhere: Rachel Pocratsky's 2:13.42 800m is a top 10 performance all-time by a Montgomery County athlete.
Oliver Lloyd of Paint Branch ran 1:54.42 in the 800m this weekend, a Paint Branch school record and fastest in Montgomery County since
Northwest's Jalen Walker broke a 5-year dry spell in which no MoCo athlete had gone under 49 seconds in the 400m since 2010. Walker ran
48.95 this weekend at the Madric Invitational.
Bethlehem Taye's 11:01.19 3200m at McNamara Invitational is a Paint Branch school record and a top 10 performance all-time by a Montgomery
Alexus Pyles, Brionne Pyles, Cierra Pyles and Naja McAdam recorded the
fastest 4x100 shuttle hurdle relay in Mocorunning's database, 1:07.75. Alexus Pyles later recorded 44.61 in the 300m hurdles, a top ten
all-time performance by a Montgomery County athlete.
The Gaithersburg boys won the 4x100 and recorded a county-best 4x200 while
Paint Branch won the 4x1600 and DMR. In a bit of a surprise, the Georgetown Prep boys laid down a 3:37.45 SMR, the #7 performance by a
Montgomery County team in the last decade.
Wootton's Cliff Tilley and B-CC's Kat McNeill won the fan favorite 2k steeplechase
off an indoor track season in which he set two county championship meet records and won his third and fourth individual state titles,
Northwest High School's Diego Zarate is primed for perhaps the most special outdoor track campaign we have seen in some time. His pure
speed and unmatched stamina made him the ultimate weapon for the point machine that was the Northwest Jaguars this winter. His 4:16.00
mile made him the fastest indoor Montgomery County miler in at least 30 years. In this interview, he recollects a breakthrough performance
at last year's outdoor county championship meet and he opens up about the cross country state championship in which he fell short of his
own expectations. Read on to learn more about his personal superlatives: largest hill, toughest workout, favorite music, and best
hairstyle of his high school years.
It's hard to believe, but MoCo has less than three months left to appreciate the talents of
the class of 2015. Whitman senior Clare Severe has always been a highlight of the group, and it takes more than two hands to count the
amount of county, region, and state titles she has to her name. And we're not just talking about track - Clare might even be more widely
known in the county for her prowess as a star soccer player. Between her tenacity on the oval and her drive on the field, Whitman is
definitely going to miss her athletic talents in the fall. As she begins her farewell tour this spring, MoCoRunning took the opportunity
to try and dig deeper into what makes Clare such a unique multi-sport talent.
Montgomery County All-Americans - Alexus Pyles and Martha Sam
Montgomery County Freshman Top Six - Eric Allen, Bryce Watson, Masai Russell
Montgomery County Emerging Elite Champions - Diego Zarate, Blake 4x400 Relay
Day 3 New Balance Nationals Results
Eric Allen, Bullis, won national title and broke meet record in freshman 60m, 6.96 w/ 6.48 55m en route.
Martha Sam, Blake, finished 4th in 54.74, just 0.22 seconds out of first place in the 400m. All-American and fastest ever by MoCo athlete
Shyheim Wright, NW, placed 7th in 60m HH. 8.06 in the finals. 7.92 in the semi's (7.34 55m HH en route).
Bullis topped itself again with season best 4x4 time, 3:52.19, 9th overall and fastest ever by MoCo team indoors.
68 performances added to Mocorunning database - See Final Indoor
Day 2 New Balance Nationals Results
Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg, took second place overall to earn All-American honors in the Pentathlon with 8.81 60m Hurdles, 34-08.25 Shot
Put, 17-05.25 Long Jump, 5-03.25 High Jump, and 2:28.65 800m.
Diego Zarate, NW, won the Emerging Elite mile in 4:16.00, fastest indoor mile by a Montgomery County athlete in at least 30 years.
Bullis girls 4x200 1:39.69, 8th place in prelims. Fastest indoors all-time by a Montgomery County team.
Good Counsel girls SMR 4:08.52, 12th place. Fastest indoors all-time by a Montgomery County team.
Masai Russell, Bullis, 56.48 400m, 2nd place in freshman 400m (All-American).
Eric Allen, Bullis, 50.85, 2nd place in freshman 400m (All-American). Fastest ever indoors by a MoCo freshman.
Jaron Woodyard, Wootton, 6.96 60m, advances to semi-finals. Fastest time by MoCo athlete since 2003.
Jaron Woodyard, Wootton, 22.00 200m, 13th place.
Stephanie Davis, Magruder, 24.98 200m, 24th place.
Day 1 New Balance Nationals Results
Blake girls win Emerging Elite 4x400 in 3:55.32.
Martha Sam, Blake, 24.73 200m, 2nd place EE.
Sarah Moore, Blake, 57.28 400m, 6th place EE. 6th on Mocorunning's All-Time Indoor Leaderboard.
Amir Khaghani, WW, 9:29.55 Two Mile, 10th place EE.
Rachel Pocratsky, GC, 2:15.75 800m, 9th place EE.
Clarksburg Girls, Northwest Boys Bring Home State Titles
Shyheim Wright threw down a performance for the ages: 7.27 makes him MoCo's undisputed greatest all-time 55m hurdler
Virginia Tech Invitational Updates New county leaders in 6 boys event and 4 girls events
The Bullis girls recorded 3:52.21 in the 4x400, simply the best all-time by
a Montgomery County school indoors.
Paint Branch boys won 4x800 in 8:00.27, best in the county this year by 17 seconds and best by a county team indoors since 2011. Paint
Branch boys also took over 4x400m county lead with 3:32.66.
Whitman girls lowered this year's county leading 4x800 relay by 10 seconds, 9:37.80.
Sherwood's Rufus Settles tied this year's 55m county lead, 6.54, and clocked 35.58 300m.
Whitman's Amir Khaghani lowered 3200m county lead with 2nd place finish and new personal best 9:25.83.
Quince Orchard's Noah Vernick increased county leading shot put mark to 53-02.50, best in the county this year by 6 feet and best by a
Montgomery County thrower since 2012.
Paint Branch's Lorenzo Neil finished 7th in the 1000m in 2:35.13, fastest by a county athlete since 2011.
Blake's Martha Sam clocked 1:16.05 500m and 7.24 200m. Blake girls clocked season best MCPS-leading 4:01.19 4x400m.
Good Counsel's Rachel Pocratsky clocked 2:58.35 1k, best by Montgomery County athlete since 2007.
Churchill's Lucy Srour ran 5:05.97 in the mile (5:04.20c), fastest by Montgomery County athlete indoors since 2008.
Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye recorded school records in the 1600 (5:16.15) and 3200 (11:16.75).
Paint Branch girls lowered MCPS-leading 4x200 time to 1:45.26.
Paint Branch's Oliver Lloyd lowered county-leading 500m to 1:06.45.
January 24 Updates
The Bullis girls continue to rewrite Mocorunning's record books at the Kevin
Dare Invitational with a 1:40.67 4x200, 3:59.16 4x400, 24.79 200m by Kyla Lewis, and 57.42 400m by freshman Masai Russell. But hold
up...the Bullis boys just dropped the fastest indoor 4x200 (1:31.72) by a Montgomery County team since 2008 with three freshman! Freshmen
Bryce Watson and Eric Allen recorded open 200m times of 22.71 and 22.88, respectively. Bullis boys are taking over Mocorunning's "Since 2006" Indoor Freshman Leaderboard
At the Last Track to Philly, the Walter Johnson girls dropped the fastest
DMR (12:31.42) indoors or outdoors by a Montgomery County team since 2008. Good Counsel girls clocked the fastest indoor SMR (4:19.99) by
a Montgomery County team since 2011 and second fastest since Mocorunning's creation in 2006. The Northwest boys became the fastest
Montgomery County indoor SMR (3:38.67) since 2010 and indoor DMR (10:42.53) since 2011. Montgomery County hurdling extroadinaire Shyheim
Wright triple jumped a county-leading mark of 45-03.25.
Alexus Pyles of Clarksburg took third place in 8.18 55m hurdles at the New
Balance Games in New York City
Montgomey County Championship Table of Winners
Jaron Woodyard, Wootton
Stephanie Davis, Magruder
Shyheim Wright, Northwest
Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg
Jalen Walker, Northwest
Stephanie Davis, Magruder
Oliver Lloyd, Paint Branch
Sarah Moore, Blake
Diego Zarate, Northwest
Gaby Go, Northwest
Diego Zarate, Northwest
Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson
Amir Khaghani, Whitman
Bethlehem Taye, Paint Branch
Aaron Beidleman, Northwest
Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg
Justin Leonard, R. Montgomery
Leondra Correia, Northwest
Dorian Jones, Quince Orchard
Alexus Pyles, Clarksburg
Noah Vernick, Quince Orchard
Justina Ababio, Clarksburg
Northwest boys team broke indoor county meet record for most points, 116
Alexus Pyles led Clarksburg to team county title with three
individual victories and two personal bests. 8.22 in the 55m hurdles missed meet record by 0.01 seconds.
Northwest's Diego Zarate broke
county meet records in the 800m (1:57.72) and 1600m (4:20.09)
The girls 4x200 was the race of the day, with Paint Branch edging out Blake
1:46.27 to 1:46.37
Bulldogs Burnin' Up Track at Montgomery Invitational Bullis School's 1:42.37 4x200 and 3:59.52 4x400m are among best in meet history Kyla Lewis (photo below) is new county leader in
As of 1/3/2015, Blake's Martha Sam leads Montgomery County this year in the 55m (7.28), 300m (40.59), and
500m (1:15.89). The 1:15.89 500m was recorded on December 6 at an invitational in Hampton, Virginia. One month later it remains the #1
time in the United States according to Milesplit on 1/4/15. Additionally, Blake's 4:02.21 4x400 is likely the fastest time ever recorded
by a MoCo team in the month of December.
Across the Bay: Long Leaps and Fast Miles at UMES Invitational. US #1 8.03 60m hurdles by Northwest's Shyheim Wright. 18-03.25 and 22
-02.00 long jumps by Northwest's Leondra Correia and Josh Netterville. 5:14.42 and 4:23.88 miles by Churchill's Lucy Srour and Northwest's
2015 is Here: Northwest Boys Team to Beat
A look back at three MCPS meets in December reveals the Northwest boys team looks virtually unbeatable compared to the rest.
Shyheim Wright, Jalen Walker, Diego Zarate, and Aaron Biedleman have racked up ten individual victories in their respective specialties,
and a strong supporting cast has lifted Northwest to an average margin of victory of 28 points over second place in three MCPS meets.
Alexus Pyles is a two-time state champion and five-time county champion after just two years of high school. She
enters her junior year as Montgomery County's top returning athlete in the 55-meter hurdles (8.28), 100-meter hurdles (14.47), and 300-
meter hurdles (45.24). The new season started with a bang as she immediately set personal records in the triple jump (37-02.50) and high
jump (5-06.00) at MCPS Meet #2. She won four events at last year's indoor county championship, leading Clarksburg to the indoor team
county title, and also posted outstanding marks in the Heptathlon at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, The Potomac Valley Association
Junior Olympics and the USATF JO's in Texas. Read on to learn about how she got her start at a young age and continues to improve through
dedication and hard work.
High School Personal Bests: 17:34.3 5k (NXN Southeast)
Medal Count: 3 County, 2
Region, 1 State, 1 NXN Region
Notes: Was voted unanimously by 20 coaches as Montgomery County's top XC athlete from 2010 to 2014.
Won three consecutive county titles, a state title, and the NXN Southeast Region title. Ran personal best 17:34.3 in winning the NXN
Southeast Region, the fastest 5k time by a Montgomery County athlete in 19 years. Finished 48th at Nike Cross Nationals. Holds county
championship course record (Bohrer Park format) at 18:09. Held Mocorunning's #1 ranking for a record 16 weeks (non-consecutive) over three
High School Personal Bests: 15:22.1 5k (Brunswick), 15:02.9 3M
Medal Count: 2 County, 1 Region, 1 State
Notes: Won 2 county titles and a state title, first Montgomery County
male athlete to do so since 1998. Holds county championship course record (Bohrer Park format) at 15:24.99 and largest margin of victory
with a 28 second win. Won 10 of first 11 races in 2013 with only loss in runner-up effort at Oatlands in 15:28. Ran personal best 15:22.1
5k at Brunswick Invitational. Won 2A state title by 30 seconds. Finished 11th, just 0.3 seconds behind the 10th place finisher at
Footlocker Northeast in 2013. Held Mocorunning's #1 XC ranking for the duration of the 2013 XC season. Competes for the University of
If you've had the chance to watch any championship-style race in MoCo over the past
four years, the chances are that B-CC's Nora McUmber has been at the front of the pack. In XC, she's a three-time county champion and she
won the 2013 NXN Southeast Region Meet. However, Nora's not all about the dirt - she also holds two 4A state titles in track at 1600m and
3200m. With states on the horizon, Nora is poised to close out the postseason with a bang. Based off her county meet performance, it's not
unreasonable to think that she will walk away from her senior year with another state title to her name. Is a return to NXN in the cards?
Read on to find out what makes Nora tick...
Boys Week 10 Ranking 11/09/2014
1. Diego Zarate, Northwest 2015
2. Evan Woods, Whitman 2015
3. Michael Abebe, Northwood 2016
4. Rohann Asfaw, R. Montgomery 2017
5. Amir Khaghani, Whitman 2015
6. Patrick Munro, Wootton 2015
7. William Kirk, Rockville 2015
8. Lorenzo Neil, Paint Branch 2015
9. Binyam Tadesse, Kennedy 2015
10. Jack Wavering, Good Counsel 2016
Girls Week 10 Ranking 11/09/2014
1. Nora McUmber, B-CC 2015
2. Abbey Green, Walter Johnson 2018
3. Lucy Srour, Churchill 2015
4. Lucie Noall, Clarksburg 2015
5. Emily Murphy, Walter Johnson 2016
6. Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson 2015
7. Grace Dellapa, Wootton 2016
8. Amanda Hayes-Puttfarken, Sherwood 2016
9. Claudia Wendt, Good Counsel 2018
10. Katriane Kirsch, Walter Johnson 2017
MoCoRunning's Independent School XC Rankings - 11/09/2014
1. Jack Wavering, Good Counsel 2016
2. Kevin McGivern, Good Counsel 2016
3. Jimmy Vazzana, Good Counsel 2017
4. Jonah Smith, The Heights 2015
5. George Drewyer, Good Counsel 2017
6. Jack Chlopak, Landon 2017
7. Matt Lopez, Good Counsel 2016
8. Jeff Moxley, Good Counsel 2016
9. Jeremiah Melton, Good Counsel 2016
10. Harry Wandersman, Jewish Day 2015
1. Claudia Wendt, Good Counsel 2018
2. Michaela Peterson, Holy Cross 2017
3. Genevieve DiBari, Stone Ridge 2018
4. Megan Crilly, Good Counsel 2016
5. Isabel Barnidge, Stone Ridge 2018
6. Maggie Ralston, Good Counsel 2018
7. Elizabeth Kaniecki, Good Counsel 2016
8. Delia Launi, Good Counsel 2016
9. MacKenzie Kynoch, St. Andrews 2015
10. Julia Pitts, Holy Cross 2016
Holy Cross (girls) and Landon (boys) Claim Team County Titles
Michaela Peterson of Holy Cross dominated the Montgomery County
Independent Schools Championship, winning by 43 seconds in 20:47.56
In a tight race, Landon's Jack Chlopak out-kicked Jonah Smith of the Heights to claim the Montgomery
County Independent Schools title in 17:37.43
29 Teams Qualify for States
Walter Johnson's talented freshman Abbey Green shocked the
field to win the 4A West Region in 18:17.53.
Northwest's Diego Zarate left no doubt in this one, leading wire-to-wire and finishing with no
one in sight in 15:26.11.
The Montgomery County Champion Walter Johnson girls and Whitman boys won 4A West
titles. Girls state qualifiers: Walter Johnson, B-CC, Churchill, Clarksburg, Whitman, Richard Montgomery, Quince Orchard. Boys state
qualifiers: Whitman, Wootton, Churchill, Walter Johnson, Northwest, B-CC, Richard Montgomery.
In the 4A North, Sherwood, Blake, and Paint Branch girls teams qualified for states. Paint Branch, Sherwood and Blake boys teams qualified
Out of the 3A West, the Einstein boys and girls swept regional titles. Girls state qualifiers from MoCo: Einstein,
Northwood, Damascus. Boys state qualifiers from MoCo: Einstein, Rockville, Wheaton, Northwood.
In 2A West action, the Poolesville boys and girls qualified for states.
Three-peat For McUmber and a Photo Finish for Zarate, Woods
The 2011 county champ Lucy Srour of Churchill pushed the
defending champ for 3/4 of the race, but B-CC's Nora McUmber turned on another gear in the final half mile to win her third consecutive XC
county title in 18:12.45.
With multiple lead changes,
Northwest's Diego Zarate and Whitman's Evan Woods created one of the most exciting races in Montgomery County championship history. Woods
closed the gap at the last possible moment, but the finish line judge determined that Zarate's lean in 15:48 secured the win in a split-
71 fans voted for the top ten female individuals and top ten girls teams in Mocorunning's preseason poll. Follow the link to
see which teams and athletes are the consensus fan favorites.
Pictured right: It's hard to imagine a runaway winner on the girls' side with such a strong field in 2014, but B-CC's Nora
McUmber's achievements merit her top ranking. Her ridiculous 17:34.30 5k at the NXN Southeast meet speaks for itself.
80 fans voted for the top ten male individuals and top ten boys
teams in Mocorunning's preseason poll. Follow the link to see which teams and athletes are the consensus fan favorites.
Pictured left: Diego Zarate returns with the second fastest 5k time in the county. He edges out Whitman's Evan Woods in the poll
on the strength of a fantastic track season in which he captured the 4A 1600m state title in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.