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Girls All-Freshman XC Team
By: Kevin Milsted

Freshman of the Year
Sophie El-Masry - Richard Montgomery

El-Masry ran for Julius West Middle School and began her high school career struggling with IT band issues. She kept her mileage low in the first month of the season and really came on strong in the second half. She surprised her competition when she took control of the county championship race for about a mile and a half before she faded to third place in 18:48.69. She was third at the 4A West regional in 18:22 and was the 4A state runner-up with a time of 19:23 at Hereford. It was the fastest time at Hereford by a Montgomery County freshman in five years. She plans to swim and run outdoor track for Richard Montgomery, but climbing fences is not among her most enjoyable activities. According to sources, she got stuck on top of a fence, too terrified to come down for almost an hour while on a run this season.

2. Mia-Irene Gyau - Bullis

After taking third at the Woodberry Forest Invitational, Gyau won every race she ran for the remainder of the season. She ran unchallenged at the Mercersburg Invitational, Landon Invitational, and the first Montgomery County Independent Schools Championship. With competition at the MD-DC Private Schools Championship, she ran her best time of the season, 18:48, while winning the state title in the small school classification. Gyau is already an accomplished track athlete with an 800-meter personal best of 2:12.74.

3. Amanda Hayes-Puttfarcken - Sherwood

According to Coach Dan Reeks, Hayes-Puttfarcken did not train more than 10 days over summer despite her uncle, the head men's distance coach at University of Texas, encouraging her to do so. Her performances improved sharply in the second half of the season with an 11th place finish at the county championship in 19:21.88 and 6th place finish at the 4A state championship in 20:00.2.

4. Victoria Cabellos - Albert Einstein

Cabellos won two dual meets and was the runner-up at this year's MCPS Consortia Championship. She was 16th at the county championship in 19:51.02, 5th at the 3A West championship in 19:15, and 27th at the 3A state championship in 20:49.2. According to Coach Eric DaSilva, she is notorious for interjecting in conversations by saying, "Wait, what?" On one 6-mile run, she was counted saying "what" 52 times.

5. Kathryn Wright - Winston Churchill

Wright worked her way up to the #2 spot on a varsity team with no seniors this year. Showing steady improvement throughout the season, she ran a personal best time of 19:48 at the Glory Days Invitational. She finished 20th at the county championship in 20:03.98, 13th at regionals in 19:23, and 21st at the 4A state meet in 20:36.1. According to Coach Paul Jacobson, her first sport is swimming and she will swim for Churchill this winter.

6. Grace Dellapa - Thomas S. Wootton

Dellapa was hampered by a broken toe to begin the season, but according to Coach Kellie Redmond, she got sick of sitting out and cut a hole in her old running shoes so her toe would hang out and she could train. Her times dropped from over 22:00 to 20:21.77 at the county championship and 19:48 at the 4A West regional. She ran a gutsy race at the state championship and was rewarded with the third fastest MoCo freshman time of the day, 20:27.

7. Julia Pitts - Holy Cross

Pitts is likely the youngest member of this All-Freshman team as she is still 13 years old. Despite her youth, she peaked well when the stakes were raised at the end of the season. She took 7th place at the WCAC Championship, 3rd at the Montgomery County Independent Schools Championship, and 12th at the MD-DC Private School Championships with a personal best time of 20:29. According to Coach Greg Sweet, she ties and unties her spikes at least six times before each race.

8. Marie Caspard - Bethesda Chevy Chase

Caspard won the freshman-sophomore race at the county championship meet. After a promtion to the varsity squad, she contributed to the regional and state-winning B-CC team with times of 19:58 and 21:21.7 respectively. She ended the season with a 5k PR of 20:04.00 at the NXN Regional Meet. According to Coach Chad Young, she has been to 11 countries and can speak French and Romanian.

Photo by Marleen Van den Neste

9. Abigail Levine - Bethesda Chevy Chase

Levine was a consistent runner on B-CC's varsity squad in every race this season. She was 34th at the county championship in 20:38.23, 29th at the 4A West Regional in 19:59, and 45th at the 4A State Championship in 21:21.9. She ended the season with a 5k PR of 20:11.90 at the NXN Regional Meet. According to Coach Chad Young, she will do cheerleading for B-CC this winter.

10. Megan Crilly, Good Counsel

Crilly's season best time of 19:57.30 came at the William Tennent Invitational, where according the Coach Tom Arnold, she was seeking revenge for an earlier poor performance. She took 11th place at the WCAC Championship and 24th at the MD-DC Private Schools Championship. She capped off the season with a time of 20:20.7 at the NXN Southeast Regional Meet.

Honorable Mention

Alexis Doon - Northwood
Anna Capizzi - Holy Cross
Bethlehem Taye - Montgomery Blair
Elizabeth Lambert - Albert Einstein
Emily Murphy - Walter Johnson
Erin O'Connor - Walt Whitman
Fiona Asbury - Winston Churchill
Lucy Knapp - Walter Johnson
Maddie Peloff - Sherwood
Megan McDanald - Quince Orchard

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Former Freshwoman
2012-12-03 18:27:18

Can I just say how shocked I am at the level of depth in these young ladies? Back when I was a freshmen, it was considered great to break 22:00 minutes, and most people who did made it on the list. But now, there are girls who did not even make the top ten (yes, I looked up those honorable mentions!) who ran under 20:00 for the 5k! Kudos to all of those girls who ran such incredible times but did not even make it onto the list. I'm thinking maybe KP should extend this list next year if this level of depth keeps up!

2012-12-10 20:13:35

another Crilly

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