NB Nationals Notes
By: Kevin Milsted
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This winter, Mocorunning praised Bullis for bringing home the first female indoor national title to Montgomery County since 1995.

This spring, Bullis doubled the number of female outdoor national titles claimed all-time by Montgomery County schools. Last weekend, Bullis swept the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays, breaking the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet record in the 4x100 in the process. Each performance also shattered all-time Montgomery County records: 44.88 4x100, 1:35.63 4x200, and 3:39.30 4x400. Masai Russell, Shaniya Hall, and Leah Phillips ran on all three relays. Ashley Seymour contributed to the 4x1, Alexis Postell contributed to the 4x2, and Lauryn Harris contributed to the 4x400.

The All-American honors did not stop there. The Bullis 800-meter sprint medley relay finished second and the 1000-meter sprint medley relay finished fifth to garner All-American status. Ashley Seymour finished sixth in the 100-meter dash to become the only Montgomery County individual female of the meet to earn All-American. Seymour's time of 11.48 with a wind speed measured at 0.8 m/s is a new 100-meter all-time Montgomery County record.

The last Montgomery County female to win a high school national title was Thea LaFond of Kennedy High School, Class of 2011 (who jumped 46-07 at the Penn Relays this year and is currently ranked 14th in the world in 2017). LaFond won that 2011 high school national title with a jump of 40-05. This year, Bullis's Cierra Pyles became the third Montgomery County girl to jump over 40 feet with a mark of 40-03.50. Despite her mark being just an inch-and-a-half shy of LaFond's 2011 winning mark, Pyles was just 10th in this year's deeper field. Pyles also jumped 19-03.00 at the Atlanta Relays a few weeks ago, which was the best mark by a Montgomery County athlete since 1987.

Bullis swept the male and female national titles in the freshman 400-meter dash. Shaniya Hall recorded a performance of 54.33 which was #3 all-time by a Montgomery County athlete according to Mocorunning's records. Hall also finished second in the freshman long jump (17-09.00).

Ashton Allen recorded a performances of 47.62 in the freshman 400m, which was #2 all-time by a Montgomery County athlete according to Mocorunning's records and the fastest since 1978. Allen also ran 10.85 in the freshman 100-meter dash, which means that oldest brother, Eric Allen, retains the crown for fastest all-time Montgomery County 100-meter freshman sprinter (11.80 in 2015). Obviously, Ashton Allen appears on track for greatness.

Poolesville's Ryan Lockett earned All-American status by hanging with a slow pace in the championship 2-mile and deploying one the best kicks in the field over the final two laps. His time of 9:21.79 was his best two mile (or 3200m) performance, but it was not close to the equivalent of fastest 3,000-meter race (his 8:24.43 3k at Penn was similar to a 9:01 3200m).

Springbrook set an all-time MCPS record in the 4x200m relay according to Mocorunning's records. Springbrook's time of 1:27.42 was good for second place in the emerging elite classification. Springbrook ranks third all-time by a Montgomery County team behind this year's Good Counsel and Bullis teams. Bullis first claimed the all-time Montgomery County record this indoor season at the Millrose Games (1:27.17), and then Good Counsel broke that record at the WCAC Championship (1:26.63). So while Springbrook is only the third best in Montgomery County this year, they can still claim to be the MCPS GOAT in the 4x200. Springbrook also lowered its season best time in the 4x400-meter relay to 3:18.29 which is the best by an MCPS team since 2003.

The Damascus girls recorded the #6 all-time 4x800-meter relay performance by a Montgomery County team (9:19.91).

The Northwood boys recorded the fastest 1600-meter sprint medley relay by a Montgomery County team since 2010 (3:32.32).

Watkins Mill lowered its 4x100 time to 48.08 which is a new MCPS leader this season and Blake lowered its MCPS-leading 4x200 time to 1:41.59.

Paint Branch recorded 4:05.40 in the girls sprint medley relay. There are no official all-time MoCo records in that event, but it is the best performance that Mocorunning knows about.

The Blair girls recorded 12:32.87 in the distance medley relay. Aside from last year's performance by Paint Branch of 12:01.32 which is likely the MCPS GOAT, Blair's performance was the best by a Montgomery County team since 2008.


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