Local athletes break personal records at Montgomery Invitational track meet

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Walter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEWalter Johnson’s Abigail Green leads the entire race of the girls’ one mile race. She finishes with a 5:03.86, a personal record. Right behind her for most of the race is Paint Branch’s Yasmine Kass who places third with a personal record of 5:12.99. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  LANDOVER — At last week’s Montgomery Invitational track meet at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, the Bullis School girls 4x200 meter relay team became the fastest girls’ relay team in the United States, racing on a flat track, shattering the previous track record.

The quartet of two sophomores (Shaniya Hall and Leah Phillips) and two seniors (Ashley Seymour and Masai Russell) finished their race in one minute, 37.28 seconds.

“When we ran that 1:37, we were really impressed and elated,” said Russell, who anchored the relay.

The Lady Bulldogs had been trying to break the facility record at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex since the start of this season, Russell said.


Green places first again in one mile run at track meet

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LANDOVER — Walter Johnson senior Abigail Green, 18, placed first in the girls one mile run invitational at the Montgomery Track and Field Championship Saturday.

“It’s been so long since I last ran a mile,” Green said after finishing in 5:04 minutes.

Five seconds after the starting gun went off, she maintained a lead of several meters until the finish line. Paint Branch senior Yasmine Kass (5:12.99 minutes) kept a close distance behind her for a majority of the eight laps. Green said she was aware Kass was close behind her.

“I could feel kind of pressure behind me; I wasn’t really sure, but I could hear people cheering for Yasmine behind me, so she was going to be close by,” said Green.


Bullis athletes on fire at weekend track meet

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Bullis logoHYATTSVILLE — Bullis sprinters and hurdlers swept three of four straightaway events, including the boys and girls 55 meter dash finals and the girls 55m hurdle finals Sunday.

Indoor track returner and national track standout, senior Eric Allen of the Bullis School won the 55m dash finals with a time of 6.46 seconds. Frederick Douglas High School junior Mark Mason (6.51 seconds) finished five-hundredths of a second later in second place.

Allen said Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex he was somewhat fatigued from racing in the 300m dash earlier that day.

“I wish the 55m time was a little faster pace,” said Allen, adding he was content with his other race.

Allen won the 300m dash with a time of 34.2 seconds. He finished 0.62 seconds ahead of Archbishop Carroll High senior Ethan Fogle (second place, 34.82 seconds), who was followed by Largo High School senior Aaron Hackett, one one-hundredth of a second later (34.83 seconds). Fourth-place finisher Western Tech High School junior Nicholas Richardson (36.46 seconds) and the other finalists didn’t break 35 seconds. 


Northwest takes state title in boys, runner up in girls track and field

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BALTIMORE –The Northwest High School boys track and field team became state champions and the girls team took second place in the state championship at Morgan State University May 26 and May 27.

The Northwest Jaguars boys team won three state titles for outdoor track in the last four years under the leadership of head coach Robert Youngblood. The team won the 4A state championship in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

“The boys, it was a plan that we were going to score between 30 and 40 points the first day, and then we knew that our strength was coming up in the finals,” Youngblood said.


MoCo athletes win state titles in track and field at championship meets

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BALTIMORE – Montgomery County Public Schools athletes earned multiple titles in track and field at the State Championship Meets at Morgan State University Friday.

Walter Johnson junior Abbey Green (10:46 minutes) beat her long-time distance rival Annapolis High School senior Maria Coffin (10:56 minutes) to become state champion.

It was her second track and field state title, her first for the outdoor season. Green said she and Coffin became friends during the last few years as they competed in track and field and in cross country.
Poolesville sophomore Nandini Satsangi came in first place in the 3A 3200m race (11:07). Satsangi held the second-place spot for most of the race, and then she led the final two laps. Her legs suddenly gave out a couple of feet from the finish line and she fell, but she won the race by finishing a few seconds ahead of Northern-Calvert junior Abby Sweeney (11:12).


Local track and field athletes qualify for state championships at 4A West Regionals

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x4A West Region Track Meet 1bRohann Asfaw of Richard Montgomery High School leads the pack in the boys 1600m run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GAITHERSBURG –Multiple athletes earned personal best times at the 4A West Regional Track Meet held at Quince Orchard High School Wednesday and Thursday.

Northwest junior Editta Pessima earned a personal record of 44.06 seconds when she won the girls 300 meter hurdles Thursday. Walter Johnson senior Courtney Christian took second place (45.22 seconds).

Christian led the race for nearly 200 meters when Pessima caught up to her and passed her to win the event.


Penn relays bring out the best in high school athletes

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Bullis track teamMembers of the Bullis 4x400m relay teams pose with their coveted "Penn wheel" after winning their race at Penn Relays. Left to right: Ashton Allen, Jalen Hill, Eric Allen and Austin Allen. COURTESY PHOTOAthletes from the Bullis School and from Poolesville and Richard Montgomery high schools ran against hundreds of top U.S. and international high school athletes and finished first, second or third in the country.

Girls from the Bullis School (45.87 seconds) took second place overall for the small school girls 4 x 100m relay, sandwiched between two teams from Jamaica: Hydel (45.52 seconds) took first place and St. Jago finished six-hundredths of a second behind the Lady Bulldogs for third (45.93 seconds).

The top eight times of the small school and large school relays qualify for the Championship of America races, and the Lady Bulldogs were in the top eight.

“They actually made it back to the Championship in America, and they ended up running the fastest time of any American team,” head coach Joe Lee said. “I was very proud of them and proud of the way they compete.”


County athletes set new school and personal records

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xViking Invitational 4Jamarcus Plato of Northwood crosses the finish line in first place with a personal best of 39.89.      PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

BETHESDA – A Springbrook High School boys relay team replaced a 40-year-old school record as well as the meet record while other county athletes beat their personal best times during day one of the Viking Invitational Friday.

The Springbrook boys team finished first in the 4x100m relay Elite with a time of 42.83 seconds, a new school record, at the meet at Walter Johnson High School, hosted by WJ and Walt Whitman High.

John F. Kennedy’s team finished second in the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 43.03 seconds, followed by Richard Montgomery’s team earning a 44.03 second-time, finishing in third place.

Springbrook Blue Devils head coach Bryan Steele said the previous automatically-timed school record was from 2016, 43.74 seconds. However, the school record board on the wall at Springbrook indicated a relay team finished the 4x100m relay in 43 seconds flat in 1977, and the Blue Devils beat that time Friday.


Local track and field athletes hit Bullis leader board

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xBulldog Track event - Andres LopezBullis' Andres Lopez competes in long jump event. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC– County athletes competed with national as well as state track and field leaders, won multiple events and placed in several others at Bullis High School’s second annual Bulldog Invitational Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs won the girls 4x100m relay with a time of 45.9 seconds, the new fastest time in the state for the season, beating Brooklyn team Paul Robeson High School (47.32 seconds), who in turn earned the fastest time in the state of New York this season.

The Bullis School took first place in the boys 4x200m relay with a time of 1:27.25 minutes and earned a ranking as the fastest team in the state for the event. The Bulldogs also won the boys 4x100m relay with a time of 42.67 seconds, followed by Prince George’s County rival Suitland High School (42.99 seconds); however, another school holds the fastest time in the state from a race completed the same day. St. John’s College High School finished second (1:29.17 minutes), Suitland finished third (1:30.3 minutes) and Paint Branch took fourth place (1:30.35 minutes).


County runners fare well in Jim Vollmer meet

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xJim Vollmer Invite Track - JSean WilliamsSeneca Valley’s J'Sean Williams ran an 11.32 on the preliminaries and a personal record of 11.02 in the finals to take first place in the 100m run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

MONTGOMERY VILLAGE – Local track and field athletes won several events and placed in others, including relays, sprints, distance and jumps at the second annual Jim Vollmer Invitational Saturday, which was hosted by Watkins Mill High School.

Members of the Quince Orchard girls 4x200 meter relay team won first place in the event but said the finish was so close they didn’t realize they had won. The Cougars finished the race in 1:47.83 minutes, just five-hundredths of a second ahead of Frederick High School (1:47.88 minutes).

“I didn’t think we won at first, so I was shocked,” said anchor leg Kyra Lyles, a freshman. “I thought she (Frederick’s anchor) leaned but she didn’t.”

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