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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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Warrior Dash returns to Maryland

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MECHANICSVILLE—Warrior Dash returned to the state of Maryland on Saturday, as many participants took part in the event at Budd’s Creek in Mechanicsville in St. Mary’s County.

Warrior Dash is a 5k obstacle course with 12 world-class obstacles and over three million participants since 2009 that is held in many cities and states around the country.

“Our biggest and most exciting obstacles are Goliath,” said Rebecca Ryan, the lead event checker for Warrior Dash. “It’s got a big slide into a nice, cool pit of water, and then you get to climb through a very muddy mud pit under some barbed wire, and, of course, we have our classic fire jump, where you get to jump over the fire and show off your Warrior skills and get that new profile picture everybody’s hoping for.”

According to Ryan, about 10,000 people, including spectators and runners, were to show up at Budd’s Creek on Saturday. “It feels really good to put on an event that people enjoy,” she said, “and we have people who come back from year to year to have a great time.”

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County athletes excel in track and field invitational

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Track Meet 1Boys 55m hurdles- finals: First-place finisher, Robert Gicheru (middle, Northwest High School); second-place finisher, Paint Branch’s Juvet Ebai, right; and third-place finisher Paint Branch’s Tyrek Goy. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

HYATTSVILLESeveral county athletes won events by one second or less in the annual Montgomery Invitational meet hosted by Walter Johnson High School at the Prince George’s Sport and Learning Complex Saturday.

Two cross-country state champs, Poolesville junior Ryan Locket, 3A champion, and Richard Montgomery senior Rohann Asfaw, 4A champion, faced off in the 3,200 m run. The runner-up in the 4A state championship, Bethesda-Chevy Chase junior Adam Nakasaka, competed in the race as well.

Lockett took the lead from Asfaw during the middle of the race. He said he had a goal finish time and that he passed Asfaw because he otherwise wouldn't be able to get the time.

“That halfway point, I decided to speed up,” Lockett said.

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WJ’s Abigail Green places at Foot Locker National Championship

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20161022 MoCo XCtry Championships-1Abigail Green of Walter Johnson High. FILE PHOTO  

Walter Johnson junior Abigail Green finished 21st out of 40 top runners from across the country with a time of 18:02 minutes at the Foot Locker National Championship 5 kilometer race in San Diego Saturday.

Though she said she usually runs races with her Walter Johnson teammates in mind, in San Diego she was her school’s sole representative.

“This one was just for myself, my family and my coaches, and wrap it up… leaving it all out there so I feel I can be satisfied with my season,” said Green.

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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.

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County scores multiple wins at Screaming Eagles Invite

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20160402 EaglesInvitational 1Donavan Beckett-Simms of Seneca Valley launches himself through the air on his third try in the boys long jump, finishing in first place with a jump of 20 feet, 8 inches. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE

GERMANTOWN — Multiple County athletes won distance events, jumping events and relays while others placed among the top four in several sprinting events during the Screaming Eagles Invitational at Seneca Valley High School Saturday. 

Good Counsel seniors won both the boys and the girls 1600m runs. Good Counsel’s Megan Crilly (5:17 minutes) placed first, followed by Paint Branch sophomore Yasmine Kass (5:22 miniutes). Quince Orchard junior Maya Jacobson (5:28.97) placed fourth after Leesburg Christian’s Theresa Long (5:28.69) passed her in the last meter of the race. 

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