Prospective 1A & 2A State Champions from Montgomery County:
Olivia Durr, Poolesville - Olivia Durr has won state titles in the 55 hurdles, the 100 hurdles, and the 300 hurdles in the last two state championship meets. She also holds the 1A state record in the 100 hurdles. She will be the favorite to win the 100 and 300 hurdles this year and could potentially end her high school career with five state titles.
Karissa Harris, Poolesville - Harris should be a point scorer in the 100 and 400, but it will take some luck to come home with a state title. Alyssa McClure and Chelsea Walker of Digital Harbor will be looking to add to their collection of individual state titles.
Poolesville Boys 4x800 - The Poolesville boys already took down the toughest 1A 4x800 team in Williamsport, but Williamsport showed indoors that they will show up stronger at the state meet. A great race will land the Poolesville boys with their first relay state title in who-knows-how-long, but expect Glenelg and Perryville to be in the mix as well.
Bailee Freeman and Page Harris, Clarksburg - Luckily the freshman Bailee Freeman has plenty of time to win state titles because her competition will be tough this year. Juniors Eryn Donaldson and Amina Smith high jump 5-06 and higher like clockwork so she will need a breakthrough to knock off one of the top two. Her monster long jump of 17-10 at regionals was not enough to win over Sarah Wrieden of Middletown who recorded a jump of 17-10.50. Wreiden has cleared 18 feet and Geranda Williams of North Point is capable of 17+ feet, but Page Harris of Clarksburg has the longest jump of the season among 2A competitors with her mark of 18-03 at the Knights Invite a few weeks ago.
Clarksburg Girls Relays - The Clarksburg girls won the region titles in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400. They also qualified in the 4x800. Only North Point has run within a second of them in the 4x200 this season so it would appeard they are the favorites to win it. The other races will be tougher with teams like North Point and Baltimore Poly running well.
Avery Graham and Clarksburg Relays - Avery already owns four individual state titles and is running faster than ever. Not only should he win the 2A 100 and 200, he should help his team to victories in the 4x100 and 4x200. Clarksburg boys are the defending state champs in the 4x100.
Rob Thompson or Christian Smith, Clarksburg - They can't both win it, but expect one of these Clarksburg boys to come home as 2A shot put state champ. Rob Thompson won the indoor state title and the outdoor regional.
Marcus Kinney, Clarksburg - Marcus is the 2A west region champ and the defending 2A state champ in the discus, but Andrew Dupree of North Point must be the favorite after a throw of 148-05.75 earlier this season.
Mark Small, Clarksburg - It will take an effort of under 50 seconds to win this race, which Small has proven capable of. Small should be third at the worst.
Clarksburg Boys Team Champions? The Clarksburg boys are packing a lot of punch this year and can't be counted out of the 2A team state title fight after defeating Walkersville and Williamsport soundly at the regional meet. Clarksburg will need to prove they can perform on the biggest stage after a relatively disappointing outdoor state meet in 2008 and collapsing completely at the 2009 indoor state meet. A big part of that was illness or injury from Avery Graham, but if he is still standing at the end of the meet, they may be holding up a team plaque.