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

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).

Satsangi said her legs gave out because her body “thought” she had arrived at the finish line. She hopes to have a shot at winning the 5-kilometer state cross country championship in the fall.

Poolesville junior Ryan Lockett (9:24.62) and teammate senior Andrew Lent (9:26.25) took first and second place in the boys 3200m race, respectively. As soon Lent crossed the finish line, Lockett embraced him and the two jumped up and down in celebration. They said they were ecstatic to finally finish first and second in a state championship. They had set that goal during cross country season in 2016, and met it just in time during the final race of Lent’s high school career. Lockett noted that Lent had improved his performance in final laps of the race this year. Lent attributed his improvement to weight training and using correct running form.

In the 4A boys 3200m run, Richard Montgomery senior Rohann Asfaw won with a time of 9:24.26, followed by Bethesda-Chevy Chase junior Adam Nakasaka (9:27.39).

Northwest’s boys won the 4A 4x200m relay Friday with a time of 1:28.87 minutes, just ahead of DuVal High School (1:30 flat).

Members of the Northwest Jaguars relay team said that halfway through the outdoor season, head coach Robert Youngblood told distance runner and senior Ngoy Yamishi to shift his training to run in the relay as a last attempt to form a winning relay team. Sophomore AJ Woods ran the first leg of the race, followed by senior Aaron Tucker, then Yamishi with junior Khaloni Mganga running as anchor.

James H. Blake girls’ team won the girls 3A 4x200m relay with a time of 1:42.52 minutes, followed by Baltimore City College’s team (1:42.95) in second place.

Look for an updated version of this story in this week’s edition of the Montgomery County Sentinel.

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