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AAU Junior Olympics Recap
By: Emily Wolf

Maryland Titans Intermediate Boys 4x400 Wins National Title at AAU Junior Olympics!

The Maryland Titans Intermediate Boys made it to the finals of the 4x400 meter relays, putting on quite a show. They finished 1st in the nation with a time of 3:19.15. This team was made up of Hassan Dixon of Northwest High School, Marquis Woodyard of Thomas Johnson High School, George Chambers of Archbishop Curley High School, and Cortlandt Harris of Good Counsel High School. Congratulations to these runners on their first place finish!

The Intermediate Boys also competed in the 4x100 prelims and finished with a time of 42.75 that would have placed them 4th going into the finals. They didn't compete in the finals due to an AAU rule that only heat winners could continue to the finals and they were second place in their heat. The 4x100 team was made up of Anthony Winter of Magruder High School, Hassan Dixon, Marquis Woodyard, and George Chambers.

Jenny Reid of Poolesville High School competed early on the final day of the event in the 3000 meter run. Jenny surprised even herself when her PR of 11:46.92 put her on the medal stand earning the 5th best time in the nation.

In the 100 meter finals, Kennedy Knight of Kingsview Middle School ran a time of 13.18 in the sub-midget category, placing her 7th in the nation overall. Alexia Mitchell of Forest Oak Middle School also made it to the podium in the midget category with a time of 12.83, also placing 7th in the nation.

In the 200 meter finals, Katie Wolf of Churchill High School earned 6th place with a time of 24.77, and George Chambers of Archbishop Curly High School earned 6th place with a time of 22.35. Kennedy Knight earned 5th place with a time of 26.83, and Alexia Mitchell earned 7th place with a time of 26.89.

In the 400 meter finals, Marquis Woodyard of Thomas Johnson High School finished 7th overall with a time of 50.05. Katie Wolf finished 15th overall in the 400 meter dash prelims with a time of 57.33. Mark Small of Clarksburg High School finished 34th in the 400 meter dash prelims with a time of 49.80.

In other final results, the Titans Youth Girls 4x800 relay team finished 4th in the nation with a time of 10:14.21. This relay consisted of India Knight of Northwest High School, Danielle Viera of Montgomery Village Middle School, Mauryana Gambill of Martin Luther King Middle School, and Bryanna West of Rocky Hill Middle School.

The Youth Girls 4x100 relay team finished 25th overall in the prelims, with a time of 50.68. This relay team consisted of India Knight of Northwest High School, Camry Torian of Northwest High School, Gwen Shaw of Frost Middle School, and Kiana Stephens of Montgomery Village Middle School.

Thursday Updates

Three MoCo athletes are moving onto the finals in the 200 meter dash - Kennedy Knight (Kingsview Middle School) ran a time of 26.82, Alexia Mitchell (Forest Oak Middle School) with a time of 26.18, and Katie Wolf (Churchill High School) who ran a 24.82. The finals of the 200 meter dash will be held on Saturday.

Ibrahima Kebe of Wilson High School in D.C. placed 8th overall in the shot put with a throw of 46' 10.5". He also competed in the discus and placed 5th overall with 141' 9".

The Youth Girls 4x400 meter relay team made up of Northwest High School freshman India Knight, Montgomery Village Middle School's Kiana Stephens, Martin Luther King Middle School's Mauryana Gambill, and Wootton High School freshman Casey Dowling placed 20th overall with a time of 4:12.44.

The Intermediate Boys 4x400 meter relay team made up of Archbishop Curley High School's George Chambers, Thomas Johnson High School's Marquis Woodyard, Northwest High School's Hassan Dixon, and Good Counsel High School's Cortlandt Harris placed 1st in the semifinals and will run again in the finals on Saturday. They ran a time of 3:21.90 to go into the finals as the top seed.

Irene Fletemeyer, a rising 8th grader at Kingsview Middle School, placed 7th in 3000m racewalk.

Wednesday Updates

Olivia Durr of Poolesville finished 17th overall in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:05.38. She also ran the 100 meter hurdles and placed 23rd overall with a time of 15.37.

Caleb Malone of Quince Orchard finished 53rd in the 400 meter hurdles at 1:01.87. This is deceiving as he was in first place in his heat (which would have given him a ticket into the finals) but hit the second to last hurdle hard and wiped out. He got up and finished his race but he did not compete in the 110 meter hurdles on Tuesday because of an injury to his heal from the fall in the 400 meter hurdles.

Katie Wolf of Churchill ran the quarterfinals for the 100 meter dash with a 12.30, finishing 3rd in her heat. Katie also ran the quarterfinals of the 200 meter dash, finishing with a time of 25.13. Her second place finish in her heat automatically advances her to the semifinals on Thursday.

Karissa Harris of Poolesville finished 46th in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:39.18. This was only her 4th time running this event in competition and she is still getting comfortable running it. Look for her running the 800 for Poolesville next year.

Mark Small of Clarksburg ran in the 200 meter dash quarterfinals, finishing 33rd with a time of 22.55. Mark will also be running in the 400 meter dash later this week.

Bailee Freeman ( a rising freshman at Clarksburg) received a 3rd place medal for her effort in the high jump. She jumped 5' 4" to earn the bronze. She is now done with competition for the week. She also competed in the pentathalon on Sunday and finished 7th overall with a score of 2734. Her first place finish in the high jump at 5'3" in the pentathlon competition secured her a place among the top eight competitors. Bailee has also competed in the 200 meter hurdles, finishing 42nd with a 32.47; the long jump, finishing 15th with a jump of 15' 9.5"; and the 100 meter hurdles, finishing 50th with a time of 19.11.

India Knight (a rising freshman at Northwest) placed 10th overall in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:24.17. She finished 5th in her heat and will compete in the 4x800, 4x400 and 4x100 meter relays later this week.

Camry Torian (a rising freshman at Northwest) ran in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.80, qualifying her to move on the the semifinals on Wednesday. She also ran in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.22, just missing the cut for the semifinals in that event.

Andrew Kyeremeh (a rising freshman at Northwest) ran in the 800 meter run on Monday and finished 47th overall with a time of 2:22.31. He led for most of the first lap but the others caught up and overtook him late in the race.

And looking to the future, Kennedy Knight, an 11-year-old rising 6th grader at Kingsview Middle School ran a 59.74 in the 400m dash, for a 5th place finish in that race.


2008-08-04 21:54:15

These pictures are incredible. Especially the one of Olivia Durr. Keep up the great work Emily!

2008-08-06 14:00:31

Congrats to Titans 4x400m..Awesome Job Cort!

Remember the Titans
2008-08-07 17:10:06

Emily Wolf took amazing pix....props to her and kudos to MOCO running for covering the event.

Titan Family Member
2008-08-07 17:55:24

As always, Emily and the Titans do well! Way to go!!!

2008-08-07 21:08:28

very nicely done Emily!!! But I may have a biased opinion being a fellow Titan follower and family member. Way to go Katie!!!

2008-08-21 18:36:17

heyy kennedy i noe her she is so tight and is seriously fast and she is really prety with long hair i noe her cus i went to her school she is a very smart student and is nice to all of her friend as to me but cool and she can sing her butt off

2008-09-14 11:54:36

I thought Hassan Dixon went to Good Counsel?

2008-09-29 22:23:14

wow ibrahima looks good he has good form

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