Around the County Week 6
By: Ryun Anderson
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Last week saw the virtual conclusion of the 2016 division meet schedule around Montgomery County. Congrats to all division winners! Here's what else happened around Moco last week:

- Damascus was the lone Moco representative at Tuesday's Crossfire Invitational. Heather Delaplaine finished second, and her teammate, freshman Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz, finished fifth. However, it wouldn't be their best performances of the week (stay tuned).

- The B-CC boys wrapped up their division 1 championship by beating the Churchill boys at Landon on Wednesday. A notable finisher was St. Andrews' Luke Armbruster, who finished closer to first-place Adam Nakasaka than third-place Josh Fry.

- The Walter Johnson girls put their top four (sans Abigail Green) comfortably ahead of the Wootton and Quince Orchard teams to capture the division 1 title on Wednesday.

- The Poolesville boys put their top three ahead of Blair's first runner on Wednesday to win division 3. The Blair girls, despite an individual win by Poolesville's Nandini Satsangi, had no problem with the Poolesville girls as they marched their way to a division 3 title (it didn't become official until they beat Springbrook in their rescheduled meet on Monday).

- The Whitman girls used their depth to easily beat Paint Branch and Clarksburg on their home course and win division 2.

- Northwest traveled across the bay to the Tidewater Fall Classic on Wednesday. Led by Jose Infante (second) and Rory O'Neil (third) the boys won their third straight Tidewater Classic. Their 1-5 split? Just under 30 seconds. The Northwest girls had an even bigger day, as the senior-freshman duo of Sofia Zarate and Helena Lee went 1-2 to lead them to their fourth straight Tidewater Classic win.

- It was wet in the Washington area this past weekend, and the farther south the wetter it was. The Glory Days Grill Invitational in Manassas, VA is typically a good meet to run fast at, but this year's meet resembled a mud run. Rohann Asfaw and Millbrook's Alec Schrank provided one of the best finishes of the season, and despite his last-second diving effort, Asfaw suffered his first loss of the season. Adam Nakasaka, Jimmy Vazzana and John Riker all finished in the top 20 of the seeded race, and Vazzana led his Good Counsel squad to a third-place finish in the team scores.

- On the girls' side, Churchill's Julia Reicin was the top Moco finisher, running 19:07 and finishing fourth in the girls seeded race. Coming off her solid performance at last weekend's Paul Short Invitational, Reicin is looking like a good bet for a top-five finish at the county meet.

- Heather Delaplaine won the second Wolverine Run at Watkins Mill High School on Saturday. Her teammate, freshman Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz, finished second; their 1-2 punch led them to the team victory. On the boys' side, the boys from The Heights did not seem to care that they came from one of the smallest schools in the state, as seniors Matthew Zischkau and Ian Denis led them to the team title.

- Walter Johnson's Abigail Green had perhaps the best race of her career at the Manhattan Invitational on Saturday, finishing third and defeating Maria Coffin in the Eastern States division. While Coffin beat Green by over thirty seconds at last year's state meet, it's clear that Green has closed the gap this season. Her time of 14:21 was a Montgomery County record for the Manhattan Invitational. Her Walter Johnson predecessor Sally Glynn ran 14:28 on the course 22 years earlier in a year in which she finished second at Footlocker Nationals. The Walter Johnson girls also finished a solid tenth in the prestigious race, and after a slow start they are looking every bit the three-time defending state champions they are.

- Finally, Nandini Satsangi continued her winning ways at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday. Her teammate, freshman Logan Rohde, finished second, which was kind of the theme around the county this week. The team finished second, just nine points behind Winters Mill. Ryan Lockett and Andrew Lent had another good race together, finishing 2-3 in the boys race and leading them to a third-place finish overall.

WHAT'S NEXT: Division meets are over - it's time for the good stuff! Good Counsel and Sherwood are scheduled to go to the Gunpowder Invitational this Saturday; with Dulaney and Severna Park also scheduled to attend, the Good Counsel boys are going to have their work cut out for them. Clarksburg and Walter Johnson are scheduled for the Frank Keyser Invitational up at Boonsboro High School, where we could possibly get a matchup for the ages between Abigail Green and Lake Braddock's Kate Murphy if Lake Braddock's 'A' team shows up. Finally, the annual Consortia Championships will take place on Saturday at Northwood High School - check back for an in-depth meet preview later this week.

Here's to another good week of Moco running!


SP Fan
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
06:58:43 PM
Only the Severna Park girls will be at Gunpowder. Boys are at in VA.

Ryun Anderson
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
07:50:57 PM
Yeah I saw that this morning. They've got such a weird thing going on there because their boys and girls are essentially separate teams.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
11:24:40 PM
Eh. It's becoming more common. A handful of MD teams are doing this. Seems to be working for them.

Ryun Anderson
Thursday, October 13, 2016
12:50:11 AM
Maybe it's for practical reasons. I bet Severna Park has like 60 or 70 boys alone. My sophomore year at Paint Branch I think we had 15 runners altogether.

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