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Local cross country athletes qualify for state championship at regional meet

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GAITHERSBURG –Local teams and individual runners qualified for the high school cross country state championship at the regional championship for 3A West and for 4A West at Watkins Mill High School Thursday.

Boys 4A West

Perhaps the most competitive race of the afternoon was won by Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School senior Adam Nakasaka – the 2016 state runner-up – with a time of 16 minutes and 26 seconds. Nakasaka was followed by Richard Montgomery sophomore Garrett Suhr, who came in second 14 seconds later. Nakasaka’s individual victory allowed B-CC’s team to win the meet with 88 points,  a one-point advantage over their crosstown rivals at Walt Whitman High School, who scored 89.

“Overall the race felt pretty slow,” Nakasaka said. “I know the course is difficult, but just in terms of how I felt, like I felt completely fine throughout the entire race. It didn’t feel particularly fast, and that’s pretty much what it was.”

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Vinson runs roughshod over Bears as Hornets win 3A West Region

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Damascus senior rusher scores six touchdowns in 42-21

DSC 7652-2Damascus running back Markus Vinson uses an open slot on the sideline to carry the ball for a first down. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

DAMASCUS – The Damascus varsity football team stamped its ticket to the state semifinals for the third year in a row Friday, defeating Oakdale 42-21 in the 3A West Regional Finals.

Damascus senior running back Markus Vinson bulldozed the Bears’ defense with 31 carries for 276 yards and six touchdowns. 

Vinson’s teammate and fellow senior running back Elijah Atkins posted 16 carries for 138 yards in his first game back since sustaining an injury in the Hornets’ regular season finale against Blair two weeks ago.

The Hornets appeared to be returning to postseason form after two back-to-back scoreless second half performances against Blair and Linganore.

“Each week is just one thing at a time and each matchup is slightly different,” said Damascus Head Coach Eric Wallich. “I’m proud of the way they played.”

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Vinson’s 3 TDs pushes Swarmin’ Hornets past Linganore in playoffs

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DSC 7092Damascus senior running back Markus Vinson crosses the goal line for a two-point conversion in the game's first half. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

DAMASCUS – The Damascus varsity football team earned its 25th victory in a row and advanced to the 3A West regional final Friday with a 21-7 playoff win over Linganore at the Hornets’ Nest. 

Hornets running back Markus Vinson provided the lone bright spot in a game riddled with Damascus penalties. The senior rushed for 179 yards and scored all three Hornets touchdowns. 

“We just have to stay mentally strong and finish the game,” said Vinson. “It felt good scoring and getting points for the team but I know that more people could have gotten into the end zone today.”

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