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Coach of the Decade - Thomas MartinTom Martin led the Walter Johnson boys team to four consecutive state titles between 2008 and 2011. The Walter Johnson girls team won five consecutive state titles between 2013 and 2017, which was a state record for a Maryland girls team. Also during the decade, the boys and girls combined for eight 4A West Region titles and six Montgomery County titles. Martin's 2010 boys team missed an NXN bid by a tiebreaker. Their third place finish that year was the highest ever by a Montgomery County team. Martin also coached Montgomery County's only two individual Footlocker Nationals qualifiers during the decade, Abigail Green and Jenna Goldberg.
"Coach Martin gets great efforts out of his runners year after year, all while having fun. He never seems to take himself or coaching too seriously and he always has a way to get his runners to buy into the program and to the training." -Chad Young, B-CC High School
"Not sure how he can't be the coach of the decade. Especially when you realize that winning five girls' titles in a row means that he won the first and the last with entirely different crews." -Scott Silverstein, Churchill High School
"Reloads every year. Just when you think they are vulnerable the programs builds back up again." -Kellie Redmond, Wootton High School
"I don't know how he does it, but Tom's teams always do well. His teams always come on at the end of the season. The WJ teams always have an esprit that carries them to great heights." -Dan Reeks, Sherwood High School
"As a fellow coach and as a parent of one of his former runners I admire how he balances good training with good humor to produce wildly successful athletes and teams." -Angelique Bosse, Blair High School
"Each year Marty constantly fields both girls and boys teams that excell at the state level. He is consistently creating a girls' team that is competitive. He always does so with humor, passion, and understanding." -Greg Dunston, Georgetown Prep School
"What he has done with the men's and women's teams over the decade is amazing." -Herbt Tolbert, Gaithersburg High School
"He very much enjoys watching his kids compete. Dedicated to the success of his students. Great mentor for young coaches." -Bryant Adams, Gaithersburg High School
"His teams won consecutive state titles for both sexes. He coached multiple individual champions. His kids develop as runners and seem to love being Wildcat runners." -Eric Da Silva, Einstein High School
"Tom has consistently coached runners to and/or above their potential. I hold him in the highest regard as a coach and am constantly impressed by both the ability and depth of his teams." -Elrid Cason, Damascus High School
"Regardless of what WJ teams look like at the beginning of the season, you know they are going to be at their best at the end of that season. Coach Martin seems to have his teams ready to peak like clockwork at the perfect time of the season." -Seann Pelkey, Quince Orchard High School
All-Decade Coaching Leadership Award - Herb TolbertHerb Tolbert and the Gaithersburg High School staff hosted and directed the Montgomery County Championship Meet for the last two decades. When asked which coach expanded opportunities for athletes to excel in the past decade, fellow coaches universally thought of Tolbert for his commitment to the sport and leadership in organizing the county meet. Gaithersburg High School also won the MPSSAA Class 4A Sportsmanship Award for two out of the first four years since the award was created in 2016.
"Has done a phenomenal job on the county meet for many years. Runs divisional meets in a first class manner. Always puts the kids first." -Gary Frace, Springbrook High School
"He is Herb, the man, the myth, the legend and has been an exemplar and icon in MoCo seemingly forever." -Tom Arnold, Good Counsel High School
"No ego, just takes care of everything year after year for MoCo Championships plus just a really good person." -Kellie Redmond, Wootton High School
"Herb takes the time to make sure the County Meet is the best meet in the state year in and year out." -Steve Hays, Whitman High School
"The man worked with Pacers, the Montgomery Country Road Runners, and the City of Gaithersburg to make the County Championship Meet the best possible event we could have. He listens to all of us when we have ideas or suggestions to make championships better. He goes above and beyond what a coach needs to do for the sport." -Eric Da Silva, Einstein High School
"Coach Tolbert's efforts directing the MCPS Championship meet have made this meet the best meet of the year. The meet has grown in the years he has directed and coaches know the hard part is already taken care of by the time they arrive." -Seann Pelkey, Quince Orchard High School
Coach of the Decade Finalists
Coach of the Decade Finalist - Stephen Hays, Walt WhitmanStephen Hays's Whitman teams gobbled up 25% of the Montgomery County and 4A West Region titles from 2010 to 2019. Whitman's 2010 girls team swept county, region, and state titles with the lowest score (45) at the Montgomery County Championship Meet in the era of 25 schools.
"Steve has created a program I always need to look at first when determining my teams chances for success in the county." -Tom Martin, Walter Johnson High School
"Steve has contributed in many ways to MoCo running. He has been involved in "growing" runners from middle school up. He has also been instrumental in the development of the timing of county meets and the dissemination of meet results when meet directors of non-MCPS meets weren't so cooperative." -Dan Reeks, Sherwood High School
Coach of the Decade Finalist - Chad Young, Bethesda Chevy ChaseB-CC's two MPSSAA state titles during the decade ranks second behind only Walter Johnson among Montgomery County schools. B-CC joins Whitman and WJ as the only programs to win county titles by its boys and girls teams during the decade.
"BCC consistently has a top tier boys and girls team. Their teams are always prepared, show great sportsmanship, and hold each other accountable." -Seann Pelkey, Quince Orchard High School
"Chad's BCC program has consistently finished at the top of the county. The athletes he has coached are always tenacious, intelligent competitors." -Dan Reeks, Sherwood High School
Coach of the Decade Finalist - Tom Arnold, Good CounselTom Arnold's Good Counsel boys teams won four out of five private school state titles from 2011 to 2015 and five out of six WCAC boys titles from 2011 to 2016. Arnold led two completely different boys squads to top ten finishes at the NXN Southeast Regional in 2011 and 2015. The 2015 team recorded an average top 5 time of 15:55.3, which was the lowest ever by a Montgomery County, MD team at the NXN Regional Meet.
"Coach Arnold's standard of excellence is uncompromising and apparent in every Good Counsel team he coached. His teams were always ready to compete from day one due to a dedicated system of summer training. Every team member is held to the same standard and the GC teams are always strong because of that." -Seann Pelkey, Quince Orchard High School
"Tom was more involved with the teams and athletes he coached than many suspect. His training plans, based for the most part on the "Daniels Running Formula" were developed for each individual on his teams. GC athletes were consistent because of his planning, his intensity, and his caring." -Dan Reeks, Sherwood High School
Coaching Leadership Award Finalists
Coaching Leadership Award Finalist - Greg Dunston, Georgetown PrepAfter the 2016 season, Greg Dunston of Georgetown Prep School in coordination with Addison Hunt of Landon saved the Maryland State Championship Meet for private schools after the Washington DC schools pulled out of the DC-MD State Championship Meet. Dunston executed the organizational duties for the new format MD State Championship Meet from 2017 to 2019 while also continuing to host the Georgetown Prep Classic and Woodward Relays.
"Greg Dunston has been a mentor to me and to many other Moco Coaches. He has helped to grow the sport of cross country in Moco by providing many opportunities for runners of all abilities to compete in his meets. He works hard to make sure all of his meets are extremely well organized and athlete-centered." -Chad Young, B-CC High School
"No one has done more for the running sports than Greg. He was my mentor." -Thomas Martin, Walter Johnson High School
Coaching Leadership Award Finalist - Chad Young, Bethesda Chevy ChaseChad Young served as Montgomery County sports director for cross country from 2017 to 2019. Among other administrative duties, he coordinated and compiled all MCPS dual meet scores and standings during that period.
"Chad does all the little things that other coaches don't want to be bothered with to make a season work." -Seann Pelkey, Quince Orchard.
Coaching Leadership Award Finalist - Eric Da Silva, Albert EinsteinEric Da Silva served as region meet director for the 3A West Regional Meet or the 4A West Regional Meet for the majority of the decade. He also attended seeding meetings representing District 2 (Montgomery County) in preparation for the State Championship Meet.
"Great promoter of the sport. Always willing to give a hand." -Prasad Gerard, Poolesville High School
Athlete of the Decade
High School Personal Bests: 17:14 3 Mile (DCXC), 17:44.45 5k (4A West at Gaithersburg)
Abigail Green, Walter Johnson 2018
Title Count: 3 County, 4 Region, 1 State, 1 All-American
Notes: Footlocker All-American (12th) and two time Footlocker Nationals qualifier. State champion, three time county champion, and four time 4A West Region champion. Four time top five finisher at the Manhattan Invitational unseeded sections. Ranks #2, #4, and #5 on the Bohrer Park County Championship Meet course. 17:54.40 3 mile is second fastest Montgomery County performance recorded at the Hereford state championship course according to the MPSSAA record book.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 17:16.8 5k, 20:04.5 6k, 9th at ACC Championships, 95th at NCAA DI Championships
All-Decade Team Athletes
|Abbey Daley, Clarksburg 2013|
Anna Bosse, Walter Johnson 2011
Bethlehem Taye, Paint Branch 2016
Caroline Guiot, Whitman 2012
Claudia Wendt, Good Counsel 2018
Emily Murphy, Walter Johnson 2016
Julia Reicin, Churchill 2017
Lucie Noall, Clarksburg 2015
Nandini Satsangi, Poolesville 2019
Sophie El-Masry, Richard Montgomery 2016
|Abigail Green, Walter Johnson 2018|
Anna Ryba, Whitman 2012
Caroline Beakes, B-CC 2015
Charlotte Turesson, Richard Montgomery 2021
Ella Gaul, Walter Johnson 2021
Jenna Goldberg, Walter Johnson 2020
Kiernan Keller, Walter Johnson 2015
Lucy Srour, Churchill 2015
Nora McUmber, B-CC 2015
Yasmine Kass, Paint Branch 2018
High School Personal Bests: 18:57 5k (NXR Southeast), 18:08.1 3M (Frank Keyser)
Title Count: 1 Region
Notes: Two time 3A State Championship Meet runner-up. Four time top 7 finisher at the Montgomery County Championship Meet. Twice won the Bull Run Invitational and Frank Keyser Invitational large races. Competed for Millersville University.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 22:49.4 6k
Anna Bosse, Walter Johnson 2011
High School Personal Bests: 18:40.20 5k (NXR Southeast)
Notes: 4A State Champion in 2008. As senior, won the Bull Run Invitational elite race by 30 seconds and finished as runner-up at the 4A West Region and 4A State Championship. Competed for Loyola University.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 21:45.5 6k
High School Personal Bests: 18:27.16 5k (County)|
Title Count: 1 County, 1 Region, 1 State
Notes: County, region, and 4A state champion in 2010. Won county title by 27 seconds in 18:27.16. Completed state course at Hereford in 19:16 which was the fastest Montgomery County performance at Hereford from 2001 until the course modification in 2014. Competed for Williams College.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 19:05.7 5k, 23:48.9 6k
High School Personal Bests: 18:08.1 5k (NXR Southeast)
Title Count: 1 Consortia, 1 Region
Notes: 14th at NXR Southeast Regional (18:08.1). Winner of the 4A North Regional and Barnhart Invitational. Consortia Championship Meet course record holder to this day (19:26). Three time top ten finisher at the 4A North Regional. Competed for NC State University.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 16:50.0 5k, 20:22.3 6k, 54th at NCAA DI Championship
High School Personal Bests: 17:50.40 5k (NXR Southeast)
Title Count: 1 State
Notes: 4A state champion and top ten finisher at the NXN Southeast Regional (9th). 17:50.4 ranks as the fifth fastest 5k of the decade by a Montgomery County athlete. Competed for Yale University.
High School Personal Bests: 18:52.8 5k (County)
Title Count: 1 Regional, 1 State
Notes: 4A West Regional and 4A State Champion. Also runner-up at Montgomery County Championship Meet amidst breakout campaign as senior. Competed for Middlebury College.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 18:49.5 5k, 22:48.1 6k, 88th at NCAA DIII Championship
|High School Personal Bests: 17:42.7 5k (Great American)|
Title Count: 1 County, 1 Region
Notes: Montgomery County champion and two time 4A state runner-up. 17:42.7 5k at Great American XC Fest ranks as third fastest 5k of the decade by a Montgomery County runner. 17:51 ranks #3 on the Bohrer Park County Championship Meet course.
High School Personal Bests: 18:42 5k (Paul Short)
Title Count: 1 WCAC
Notes: WCAC champion and two time winner of the Chancellor Invitational. 3rd at the DC-MD Private Schools State Championship Meet and 4th at the Oatlands Invitational. Runner-up at the Paul Short Run and Howard County Invitational.
Ella Gaul, Walter Johnson 2021High School Personal Bests: 18:45.1 5k (Great American)
Notes: 3rd at the Montgomery County Championship Meet and the Manhattan Invitational. Two time top ten finisher at the Montgomery County Championship Meet. Winner of the DCXC Invitational junior race and three time top ten finisher at the DCXC Invitational.
|High School Personal Bests: 18:12.5 5k (County) |
Notes: Runner-up at the Montgomery County Championship Meet and 4A West Regional. Three time top ten finisher at the state championship meet and the 4A West Region Meet. 18:12.5 ranks #8 on the Bohrer Park County Championship Meet course. Competed for James Madison.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 18:13.2 5k, 21:14.1 6k, 3rd at CAA XC Championships
|High School Personal Bests: 17:28.0 5k (County) |
Title Count: 1 County, 1 Region, 1 State
Notes: Fastest Montgomery County performer at Footlocker Nationals (17:57.8, 16th) and Footlocker Northeast Regional (17:45.4, 5th) since 1994. Owns Montgomery County Championship Meet 5k course record and fastest 5k by a Montgomery County girl on any 5k course since 1994, 17:28. Winner of unseeded races at Great American and Manhattan in addition to County, Region, and State meets.
|High School Personal Bests: 18:15 3 Mile (DCXC), 18:39 5k (Paul Short)
Notes: 4A West Regional runner-up and 3rd at the 4A State Championship Meet. Four time top fifteen finisher at the state championship meet. Four time top ten finisher at the 4A West Regional. Competed for the University of Maryland.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 23:01.1 6k
High School Personal Bests: 18:29.56 5k (WJ Tri), 18:12.4 3M (Keyser)
Notes: Winner of the Bull Run Invitational Elite race and finished 7th at Oatlands. Dealt B-CC's Nora McUmber a rare loss amid the 2014 season. Helped lead Walter Johnson to two consecutive team state titles. Competed for the University of Maryland.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 22:35.1 6k
High School Personal Bests: 18:29.76 5k (4A West at High Point), 18:19.1 3M (Keyser)
Notes: Three time top ten finisher at county, regional, and state championship meets. County and 4A West regional runner-up. Winner of the Keyser Invitational, Bull Run Invitational (Large), and Coyote Run. Competed for Queens University of Charlotte
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 17:19.0 5k, 21:45.4 6k, 51st at NCAA Division II Championships, 3rd in South Atlantic Conference
|High School Personal Bests: 18:07.0 5k (NXN Southeast)|
Title Count: 1 County
Notes: Montgomery County champion. Regional and state runner-up as a freshman. County and regional runner-up and 3rd at states as a senior. 14th at NXN Southeast in personal best 18:07.0 5k. Competed for Brown University.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 18:08.9 5k, 21:32.9 6k
|High School Personal Bests: 18:09.0 3 Mile (Frank Keyser), 18:21.7 5k (Third Battle) |
Title Count: 3 Region
Three time regional champion and two time state championship runner-up. Three time top ten finisher at the Montgomery County Championship Meet. Four time top 3 finisher at the DCXC Invitational including junior year champion. Competes for the University of Minnesota.
High School Personal Bests: 17:34.3 5k (NXN Southeast)
Title Count: 3 County, 2 Region, 1 State, 1 NXN Region
Notes: State champion, three time county champion, and Maryland's only NXN Southeast Region Champion in meet history. Ran personal best 17:34.3 in winning the NXN Southeast Region. 48th at Nike Cross Nationals. Held county championship course record at 18:09 (now #6 all-time). Competed for Jacksonville University.
TFRRS Bio | College XC Stats: 17:23.0 5k, 21:09.1 6k, 3rd at ASUN Conference Championship
|High School Personal Bests: 18:10.6 3 Mile (Keyser), 18:47.4 5k (RM at B-CC)
Notes: Three time top ten finisher at the Maryland State Championship Meet including second and third place finishes. Three time top ten finisher at the Montgomery County Championship Meet including two third place finishes. Won unseeded races at the Octoberfest Invitational and Georgetown Prep Classic.
High School Personal Bests: 18:36.11 5k (County)
Title Count: 1 Region, 1 Consortia
Notes: Montgomery County Championship Meet runner-up, 4A North Regional champion and two time top 10 finisher at 4A State Championship Meet. Three time top ten finisher at 4A North Regional. Finished 27th at NXR Southeast Regional. Ranks #2 all-time on the Consortia Championship course (19:33). Competes for the University of Maryland.
All-Decade Team Honorable Mention
Alexandra Phillips, Whitman 2012|
Ava Farrell, B-CC 2012
Breanna McDonald, Whitman 2019
Camille Bouvet, Walter Johnson 2011
Ciciely Davy, Einstein 2016
Francesca Cetta, Holton-Arms 2020
Grace Dellapa, Wootton 2016
Janet Scott, Walter Johnson 2018
Katie Kaneko, Sherwood 2022
Mia-Irene Gyau, Bullis 2016
Morgana D'Ottavi, Blair 2014
Sydney Almeida, Springbrook 2013
Amanda Hayes-Puttfarcken, Sherwood 2016|
Avery Jackson, Clarksburg 2020
Britt Eckerstrom, Northwest 2011
Chelsie Pennello, Poolesville 2014
Claire Beautz, Poolesville 2015
Genevieve DiBari, Stone Ridge 2018
Heather Delaplaine, Damascus 2018
Jessica Trzeciak, Wootton 2019
Katriane Kirsch, Walter Johnson 2017
Morgan Casey, Blair 2018
Regina Schreiber Quince Orchard 2014
Taylor Kozam, Good Counsel 2015
All-Decade Team Selection Process
Mocorunning's Coaches of the Decade were selected through two rounds of voting. Montgomery County cross country coaches of 8+ years were invited to nominate up to five coaches in two categories: Coach of the Decade and Coaching Leadership. For the first category, coaches were asked to nominate coaches who maximized the performance of their athletes and excelled at the highest level of high school cross country. For the leadership category, coaches were asked to nominate coaches who rose above and beyond the typical duties of coaching, served in leadership roles on the local and state level, and contributed to the sport in meaningful ways that created or expanded opportunities for athletes to excel. The first round of voting narrowed the field to four finalists in each category. The second round of voting required coaches to vote for one single winner in each category.
The following coaches voted for the coaches of the decade.
|Angelique Bosse - Blair|
Chad Young - B-CC
David Warren - Richard Montgomery
Elrid Cason - Damascus
Gary Frace - Springbrook
Greg Dunston - Georgetown Prep
Jason Belinkie - Jewish Day School
Karl Kraus - Rockville
Mark Anderson - Paint Branch
Mike Davila - St. Andrews Episcopal
Peter Rook - Stone Ridge
Scott Silverstein - Churchill
Stan Pawlowski - Magruder
Tom Arnold - Good Counsel
||Bryant Adams - Gaitehrsburg|
Dan Reeks - Sherwood
Dessalyn Dillard - Paint Branch
Eric Da Silva - Einstein
Giovanni Reumante - Northwood
Herb Tolbert - Gaithersburg
Jason Bozicevich - Damascus
Kellie Redmond - Wootton
Michael Trumbull - Clarksburg
Paul Jacobson - Churchill
Prasad Gerard - Poolesville
Seann Pelkey - Quince Orchard
Steve Hays - Whitman
Tom Martin - Walter Johnson
This All-Decade Team article is the compilation of the half-decade teams with the promotion of one girl to bring the total All-Decade Team size to 20. Mocorunning named four cross country half-decade teams: two in 2014 and two in 2019. Read more about the selection process of each half-decade team in the individual half-decade team articles: Boys 2014 Girls 2014 Boys 2019 Girls 2019. Coaches voted for the Athlete of the Decade.
All-time state championship meet rankings are courtesy of the MPSSAA record books. All other high school statistics and rankings came from Mocorunning's records except where noted otherwise. Collegiate and post-collegiate performances had no bearing on selections to this All-Decade Team. Collegiate statistics are from TFRRS.org. Performances in track & field had no bearing on selections to this All-Decade Team.
Please send corrections to firstname.lastname@example.org to make this the most complete record of a decade of Montgomery County cross country.
All-Decade Team Awards Reception
Mocorunning invited all of its All-Decade honorees to attend an All-Decade Team reception on December 26, 2019. Photos by RFDCPhotos.
Abigail Green accepted the Athlete of the Decade award from Quince Orchard Coach Seann Pelkey
Coach Herb Tolbert accepted congratulations from the Coaching Leadership Award Finalists, Greg Dunston, Chad Young, and Eric Da Silva
Click to enlarge. From left: Anna Bosse, Nora McUmber, Kiernan Keller, Sophie El-Masry, Emily Murphy, Abigail Green, Yasmine Kass, Nandini Satsangi, Jenna Goldberg, Charlotte Turesson, Ella Gaul. Not pictured: Abbey Daley, Anna Ryba, Bethlehem Taye, Caroline Beakes, Caroline Giout, Claudia Wendt, Julia Reicin, Lucie Noall, Lucy Srour.