It was a cold and rainy week in Montgomery County, highlighted by a full slate of division
matchups and ending with a relatively quiet Saturday. Here is this week's summary:
- In a prime matchup in Bethesda, Richard Montgomery's Sophie El-Masry pulled out a huge win over
Whitman's Sami King and the entire slew of B-CC girls. El-Masry's 18:47 marked her fastest 5K time
since her freshman season and certainly puts her right back in a crowded and uncertain county
- WJ's Abigail Green bounced back from the DCXC Invite to win their dual meet against Einstein in
a county-leading time of 18:26. She led the Wildcat girls to a win, maintaining their position as
the top challenger to B-CC girls at the county championship.
- Northwest's Branson Oduor got a chance to go up against one of the county's best in Liam Walsh
and did not disappoint, beating him by five seconds at a dual meet and establishing himself as a
top runner in the county. Will he be strong enough to challenge Rohann Asfaw and Michael Abebe at
the county championships? That remains to be seen, but this race proves that Oduor is
- Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye ran 19:46 on Wootton's home course. It may not seem like an
impressive time, but it is the second best time ever recorded on that course behind B-CC's Nora
McUmber (19:04 in 2013) and just ahead of Wootton's Jessie Rubin (19:52 in 2009). Both McUmber and
Rubin were NXN qualifiers in the years that they set the Wootton home course record.
- It may have gone relatively unnoticed, but Reuben Winston of Charles Smith Jewish Day was Moco's
fastest junior at the DCXC Invite at 17:12. He won another PVAC Meet this week and should be a
frontrunner at the MD-DC Private School Championships in the small school division in
A busy, busy week for Montgomery County running. Sophie El-Masry will get a chance to go up
against WJ's Green and Emily Murphy in a race that could really shake up the rankings. The tri
meet involving Einstein, B-CC and Churchill should provide excellent and deep competition for both
genders. Northwest will hit a fast course at the Tidewater Invitational at Salisbury. Next weekend
will feature some large out-of-state meets, with the Glory Days Invitational in Virginia and the
2.5-mile Manhattan Invitational in New York City. This week marks the end of the division meet
season (except for one meet on the 13th) and the beginning of championship season, starting with
the Consortia Championships two weekends from now.
Here's to another great week for Montgomery County running!