Montgomery Co. XC Championships History

2019Montgomery Co. Championship
2018Montgomery Co. Championship
2017Montgomery Co. Championship
2016Montgomery Co. Championship
2015MoCo XC Championship
2014Montgomery Co. Championship
2013MCPS Championship
2012MoCo Championship
2011Montgomery Co. Championship
2010MoCo XC Championship
2009MoCo XC Championship
2008Montgomery Co. Championship
2007MoCo Championship
2006MoCo XC Championship
2005Montgomery Co. XC Championship
2004Montgomery Co. XC Championship
2003Montgomery Co. XC Championship
2002Montgomery Co. XC Championship
2001Montgomery Co. XC Championship
2000Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1999Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1998Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1997Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1996Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1995Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1994Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1993Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1992Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1991Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1990Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1989Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1988Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1987Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1986Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1985Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1984Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1983Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1982Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1981Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1980Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1979Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1978Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1977Montgomery Co. XC Championship
1976Girls Combined District Meet
1975Girls Combined District Meet
1974MoCo XC Championship for Girls
1973MoCo XC Championship for Girls

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In the early-to-mid 70's, the term "county meet" referred to the district meet. The district meets were the qualifying races for the state championship meet. The districts were divided into classifications: "AA" (largest), "A", "B", and "C" (smallest). Sometimes, the smaller classifications were combined into "BC" or "ABC" races. These district meets consisted of only Montgomery County schools and therefore the combination of district races was also referred to as the county championship meet. Multiple county champions were named each year - one for each classification. Those early county champions prior to 1977 were more akin to today's regional champions.

In 1976, Coach Allan Bellman of Kennedy High School pushed for a true county championship meet. His idea was realized with all teams combined into a single race in a new county championship meet in 1977.

Unfortunately, the new championship meet was met with resistance from coaches who believed that it served no purpose and added one too many meets into the season schedule. Some coaches initially viewed the meet as a burden because it was scheduled so closely to the truly important state-qualifying meets. Many county teams opted not to attend the first several county championship meets, or they simply sent their junior varisty squads. By 1981, the Montgomery Journal described the county meet attendance as "dismal." (Niewiaroski, 1981, Oct. 30)

In 1981, attendance at the county championship meet became mandatory, but some teams still sent their JV squads (Niewiaroski, 1981, Nov. 2). Bellman continued to champion the meet despite the resistance. In 1985, he moved the meet to Calverton-Fairland Park closer to his school (Kennedy HS) and when he took the coaching job at Watkins Mill High School (1995) and newly opened James H. Blake High School in 1998, the meet followed him there, too.

As Bellman prepared to step away from coaching, Herb Tolbert of Gaithersburg High School picked up the reins and hosted the county championship meet almost every year since 2000. In 2001, the county meet which was traditionally held on a weekday after school moved to a Saturday morning which increased the championship feel of the meet and allowed more time for junior varsity races and awards.

Maybe some coaches' arms had to be twisted, or maybe the meet simply gained traction due to the awards, the media recognition, the bragging rights or simply the spirit of the competition. By the mid 1980's, the county championship meet was an annual tradition and the county crowns became coveted prizes for the elite athletes and teams.

Montgomery County Top Performances

The following is an automated database query for the best Montgomery County performances from this meet series since 2000. Query does not constitute official meet records. Ties broken by oldest performance.

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5000m XCSolomon HaileSherwood200815:11.62
5000m XCJenna GoldbergWalter Johnson201917:28

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