GAITHERSBURG, Md.– The annual county track championships took place on Wednesday, May 9 at Watkins Mill High School.
Last year, Ryan Lockette and Abigail Green won their respective mile and 2 mile events and Raynard Bell and Taylor Wright both won both the 100m and 200m races.
This year Northwest popped up with wins all over the board, including both 100 meter dashes, the girl’s 200, and multiple field events.
Northwood also did well, particularly in mid-distance events.
Here are the winners of the events:
100m- The easy favorite for the 100m, Anthony Woods Jr. from Northwest High School, ran a 10.92 at the county championship this year. Woods also won first in the long jump, with a 21’5” leap. Woods has competed in the county championships since his freshman year, when he made finals with an 11.5.
200m- This year’s winner was Avery Reeves, a senior at Richard Montgomery. Reeves ran his personal record at the meet, recording a 22.1. Reeves also competed in the 4x100m relay and the 100m, earning third place in the latter.
400m- Jared Lee won this event, a senior at Clarksburg High school. Lee also set his PR at the meet, running a completing the event in 50.79 seconds. He’s not the only one who set a high mark for themselves in the 400m, as eight of the top nine finishers set their personal records.
800m- The half mile was won by Eldon Phillips this year, with a time of 1:55:84. This senior from Northwood has an impressive resume already. Phillips won the same event during indoor county championships in January, and placed third at county championships exactly one year before Wednesday.
1600 & 200m- The first place winner of the mile and two mile this year was Ryan Lockett, who set his own season records at both events. The senior from Poolesville ran a 4:19 mile, and a 9:32 in the two mile. Lockett has competed in the county championships since his freshman year, when he placed first among freshmen and 15th overall.
110m Hurdles: Elias Boussouf, Blake- 15.23
300m Hurdles: Elias Boussouf, Blake- 39.82
4×100 Relay: Watkins Mill (Nicholas Adjapong, Joshua Ofosu, Salekri Sayeh, David Vincent) – 42.76
4×200 Relay: Northwest (Anthony Woods Jr., Isaiah Bishop, Chase Osborne, Khaloni Mganga)- 1:28.41
4×400 Relay: Northwood (Lamine Fofana, Yasin Abdur-Rahim, Omega James, Eldon Phillips)- 3:23.56
4×800 Relay: Bethesda Chevy-Chase (Joe Viqueira, Nick Bailey, Josh Fry, Adam Nakasaka)- 8:00.84 Shot-Put: Andrew Birgin, Walter Johnson- 52’ 8.5”
Discus: Connell Oberman, Poolesville- 139’ 07”
High Jump: Divinus Muteba, Northwest- 6’4”
Pole Vault: Daniel Goodman, Northwest- 11’
Long Jump: Anthony Woods Jr., Northwest – 21’5”
Triple Jump: Clarence Foote-Talley, Northwest- 46’ 11.5”
100m & 200m: Both of these events were won by Taylor Wright, a junior at Northwest. Wright has placed first in 100m, 200m, and triple jump since her freshman year, and high jump since 10th grade. Wright’s unprecedented success has landed her on national rankings- her 100m time as a freshman would place in her 45th in the nation today. You’ll probably want to remember the name.
400m: Melissa Kameka won this event by almost a full second, recording a time of 57.16 seconds. Kameka is a junior at Damascus High School, and has competed at the county championships since her freshman year. She also placed second in the 800m.
800m, 1600m, 3200m: The only person to win three running events, Abigail Green completed her day with a new PR in the 800m, along with all her other accomplishments. Green also won the 1600m and 3200m last year, and achieved second place in the two mile in her freshman year.
100m, 300m Hurdles: Editta Pessima, Northwest: 14.17, 46.13
4×100 Relay: Watkins Mill (Amelia Burton, Nana Tutu, Dajia Harper, Jada Sobratti)- 48.55
4×200 Relay: Blake (Serena Harrison, Geligne Franklin, Cyan Peoples, Noelani Phillips)- 1:41.31
4×400 Relay: Blake (Geligne Franklin, Serena Harrison, Cyan Peoples, Noelani Phillips)- 3:58.49
4×800 Relay: Whitman (Breanna McDonald, Shanthi Ashley, Elizabeth Sklaire, Samantha Rubin)- 9:37.27
Shot Put: Janise Bestman, Paint Branch 38’ 7.25”
Discus: Trinity Klock, Clarksburg-110’2”
High Jump: Taylor Wright, Northwest- 5’8”
Pole Vault: Karalyn Schwartz, Clarksburg -8’
Long Jump: Atinuke Shittu, Northwest- 16’11”
Triple Jump: Taylor Wright, Northwest- 38’ 8”
You can find more information on this year’s event or previous years here.