Preseason XC Poll Results: Girls
By: Kevin Milsted
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

116 valid submissions were collected from mocorunning fans between August 10 and August 29, 2017. Repeat IP addresses were counted only once. Below are the composite results of that poll.

Fan Favorite Preseason Top Ten Girls:
1. Abigail Green, Walter Johnson 2018681 Poll Points
2. Yasmine Kass, Paint Branch 2018435 Poll Points
3. Nandini Satsangi, Poolesville 2019424 Poll Points
4. Heather Delaplaine, Damascus 2018312 Poll Points
4. Morgan Casey, Blair 2018312 Poll Points
6. Josephine Brane-Wright, Blair 2018246 Poll Points
7. Helena Lee, Northwest 2020225 Poll Points
8. Adna Trakic, Wootton 2019220 Poll Points
9. Jessica Trzeciak, Wootton 2019219 Poll Points
10. Isabelle Sajonia, Quince Orchard 2018198 Poll Points

If Abigail Green wins the county title in 2017, she would become the fifth girl in meet history to win three or more XC county titles. She would join the elite list with Sally Glynn, Karen Pulliam, Halsey Sinclair, and Nora McUmber. If, however, an athlete from Paint Branch or Poolesville won the county title, it would be the first time in meet history for a female athlete from that school.

Fan Favorite Preseason Top Ten Girls Teams:
1. Walter Johnson High School - 501 Poll Points

With a win in 2017, Walter Johnson would surpass Whitman as the winningest girls team in county meet history and become the first girls team to win ten county titles in the meet's 41 year history. A fourth consecutive county title would only be a stepping stone on the way to a much larger goal: WJ's fifth consecutive Maryland 4A state title. Six of seven girls return from last year's state-winning team, and WJ should get reinforcements from two additional girls who recorded sub-12:00 3200's on the track.

2. Wootton High School - 382 Poll Points

Last year's county championship second place finish by Wootton was the highest in school history. All signs point to Wootton returning to form and fielding a team that is as good or better than the 2016 team which also finished second in the state. Wootton put nine runners in the top forty-two positions in the varsity girls race at last year's county championship meet which demonstrated greater depth than even the mighty state champions from Walter Johnson. Eight of those nine return in 2017.

3. Bethesda Chevy Chase - 352 Poll Points

Last year's senior-heavy team powered through to its sixth consecutive top-3 finish at the Montgomery County Championship Meet. A shocking day at the 4A West Regional left the B-CC girls without a ticket to the state championship meet. With four key seniors graduated, B-CC will form a new identity in 2017.

4. Montgomery Blair High School - 336 Poll Points

As with Wootton, Montgomery Blair recorded its highest finish in meet history at the 2016 Montgomery County Championship Meet - fourth. Showing marked improvement on the track this spring, Blair's girls have earned the respect of Mocorunning's voters in this poll and must be considered contenders in Montgomery County and the 4A classification.

5. Walt Whitman High School - 232 Poll Points

Freshmen and sophomores took over last year's team that finished fifth at counties, third at regionals, and seventh at states. Another year of experience for Whitman's five core varsity returners should allow the Vikings to hit the ground running in 2017.

6. Northwest High School - 207 Poll Points

The Jags raced with a mixture of youth and experience in 2016. Northwest will need to replace three key seniors to return to last year's 6th place county and region finish.

7. Quince Orchard High School - 176 Poll Points

I have not jinxed them yet. The Quince Orchard girls have finished in the top ten in Montgomery County every year since the school opened in 1989. With all but one key senior returning, QO looks to improve on last year's 9th place county finish.

8. Churchill High School - 160 Poll Points

Nobody accelerated more at the end of the 2016 XC season than Churchill. The Bulldogs went from tenth at the county meet to sixth at the 4A state championship meet ahead of rivals Whitman, Blair, Sherwood and others. The Churchill girls squad will need to replace five key seniors in 2017.

9. Poolesville High School - 153 Poll Points

Poolesville retains its top two runners including 3200-meter state champion, Nandini Satsangi, but the Falcons take a big hit from graduation, losing its #3-6 runners from last year's 8th place county championship team.

10. Damascus High School - 140 Poll Points

Damascus has not cracked the top ten in MoCo since 2010, but this could be the year they return. The Hornets lost no varsity girls to graduation this summer.

Editor's Boost: Sherwood High School
One year ago, fans slighted Sherwood's girls by not voting them into the preseason top ten or the top ten in the weeks leading up to the Montgomery County Championship Meet. Coach Dan Reeks's girls responded by finishing in the top ten in MoCo for the seventh time in the past nine years. Sherwood returns five of its top six runners from a team that finished seventh at the Montgomery County Championship Meet in 2016.

Just For Fun:
County Championship Winning Time Avg Response: 17:47.36
County Championship Winning Score Avg Response: 64.4


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