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Northwest wins big in state track meet

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HYATTSVILLE — Montgomery County schools faced hurdles – pun intended – and some of the state’s finest track athletes on Tuesday night, and while many county schools won, the Northwest Jaguars returned home as boys track and field state champion for the fifth straight year.

The Jaguars were a common sight in the top three of many events on Tuesday night, and placed first in five events.

Seniors Khaloni Mganga ran the 55-meter dash in 6.44 seconds, Chase Osborne completed the 800m in 1:58.01 and Editta Pessima joined them in first place with a 8.09 second 55m hurdle. Junior Taylor Wright doubled down on the victories and placed first in the high jump by reaching the 5-06 mark and running a 40.96 second 300m dash, contributing to Northwest’s haul.

“We got people that are determined to make this a program, it’s not a team. That’s why, back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back, never happened,” said Northwest head coach Robert Youngblood about his track athletes’ performance.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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).

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Track and field athletes score big in meet

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20170327 Watkins Mill Invitational track-dwolfe 3 of 3Lily Lippert of Clarksburg overtakes Walter Johnson’s relay team to secure second place overall in the relay. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

Local teams took first and second for the girls and boys sprint medley relays, respectively.

Watkins Mill High School won the girls sprint medley relay with a time of 2:24 minutes.

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