WJ makes state record in cross country, MoCo runners sweep 4A individual titles

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Green NakasakaSeen here in earlier races, Abbey Green led the WJ Lady Wildcats to a fifth state championship win while Adam Nakasaka repeated his winning performance from last week’s regionals to lead the B-CC Barons to a fourth-place finish. FILE PHOTOS

A Montgomery County cross country team made a new state record and three county athletes finished their high school careers as state champions in the 5-kilometer run Saturday.

The Walter Johnson High School girls cross country team overcame the loss of two top runners (who were both injured before Saturday’s meet) to win their fifth consecutive state championship – a state record according to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

WJ head coach Tom Martin told the Sentinel that during a Friday night team meeting, he warned the healthy portion of his squad that they would have to run faster to win the race. But his team rose to the occasion, as the Lady Wildcats’ score of 83 points was sufficient to claim the state 4A crown.

Walter Johnson senior Janet Scott said she and her teammates each had to put in extra effort during their races to get the win.

“It’s been a lot of challenges, but it’s been a lot of us coming together and working really hard,” she said.


Asfaw, Green repeat as MoCo cross country champs

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20161022 MoCo XCtry Championships-5Rohann Asfaw finishes the Montgomery County Cross Country Championships in first place with a time of 15:33.7.    PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE 

GAITHERSBURG – Richard Montgomery senior Rohann Asfaw and Walter Johnson junior Abbey Green didn’t let the wind keep them from reclaiming the county cross country championship at Gaithersburg High School Saturday. 

Green led the Wildcats to victory once again by breaking her race and course record, finishing in 17:46 minutes. 

“I just tried to stay focused on what was ahead of me,” said Green, who ran alone the entire race.

Her only goal was to break last year’s time of 18:04.


He is the Goat man ... coo coo ca choo

GoatmanSteve Wescott with Miles the goat. COURTESY PHOTO  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Steve Wescott walked north along MD-355 in Montgomery County last week on his way to Times Square as a part of his mission to raise funds for an orphanage in Kenya.

His companion for the journey: a goat named Miles.

After the trip, Wescott plans to take his volunteer staffers to Kenya though he said he would also like a break from being the “goat guy.”

 “I need a break. I need to not be the goat guy. The goat guy has no opinions. That’s not me, that’s not who I am. I come down hard on things. I’m opinionated. I like a cigar and a good beer, which would get me in trouble as the goat guy,” Wescott said. “Being a leader, I’ve had to grow into the leadership role. So it is what it is.”

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