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.
Green has focused her indoor track races on the 3200-meter run this season.
“I’m just kind of seeing where I was at. I don’t have a lot of speed work under my belt,” she said. “I’m still transferring from a late cross country season.”
Green said she raced the mile Saturday to check on where her training had taken her. She said she was grateful for the opportunity to race a mile before “championship season,” which begins with Montgomery County Public Schools track championships Jan. 17. Sore muscles from tough workouts this week slowed her down a little, but she was satisfied that her she finished with a similar time to previous track seasons.