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Boys County Championship Poll Results
By: Ryun Anderson
2016-05-09


Editor's note: Mocorunning conducted the county championship poll before the release of the meet entries. Below you will read the poll results compiled and written before the release of the meet entries.



Between May 1 and May 8, MoCoRunning.com conducted an online poll to find out the county championship fan favorites. Participants were instructed to select their favorites in each event and rank the top teams for the outdoor county championship meet. 75 valid submissions were received, but voters were not required to vote for every category.

The county champion favorites are listed with the percentage of votes received.

Event Name, School %
100m Davino Frazer, Northwest 50.0
200m Nathan Phillips, Blake 32.7
400m Khaloni Mganga, Northwest 55.6
800m Thierry Siewe Yanga, Blair 54.2
1600m Rohann Asfaw, R. Montgomery 55.2
3200m Rohann Asfaw, R. Montgomery 80.7
110/100m Hurdles Shyheim Wright, Northwest 79.2
300m Hurdles Andrew Daniels, Northwest 46.2
4x100 Northwest 58.0
4x200 Northwest 56.0
4x400 Northwest 69.0
4x800 Churchill 39.3
High Jump Greg D'Elia, Quince Orchard 28.0
Long Jump Ty Mason, Blake 39.6
Triple Jump Donovan Beckett- Simms, SV 60.4
Shot Put Jabari Bennett, Blake 48.0
Discus Jabari Bennett, Blake 37.5
Pole Vault Chris Spiess, Clarksburg 49.0

Avg Answer
Just for Fun Winning Boys 4x400 Time 3:24.31
Just for Fun How many individual records (boys and girls) will be tied or broken? 4.0


Rk Boys School Poll Points
1 Northwest 178
2 Richard Montgomery 65
3 Clarksburg 51
4 Blake 47
5 Quince Orchard 41

Avg Answer
Just for Fun Winning Boys Team Score 116.2


On the boys side, the Northwest boys look to be the favorite once again. Shyheim Wright is the county's leader in the 110 hurdles and gathered 79% of the fan vote, one of the highest numbers in the entire poll. He will be shooting for his fourth (and fifth) individual county titles in his career. The only other hurdler with a sub-15 time this season is his teammate, Andrew Daniels; Daniels and Wright are also 1-2 in the county rankings in the 300 hurdles by a fairly wide margin.

The Northwest boys also had a strong showing in the relays, winning the fan vote in the 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400. They lead the county in all three relays so far this season, and with their depth they have the potential to win all three. No boys team has won all three relays in the county meet since Watkins Mill in 2010.

Richard Montgomery's Rohann Asfaw had the highest percentage of votes in an event, gathering 80.7% in the 3200. His 9:11 two mile at New Balance Indoor Nationals is 25 seconds faster than any Moco runner has run so far this outdoor season. He was also voted first in the 1600, which he leads the county in this outdoor season. He showed during the indoor season that he can handle the double at the county championships. It's not easy - the last boy to do it at the outdoor county championships was BCC's Elias Tousley in 2007 - but Asfaw has a good chance to do it this year.

On the other side, Quince Orchard's Gregory D'Elia received the fewest amount of votes in winning the fan vote in the high jump. He gathered just 28% of the vote, and for good reason - seven boys currently share the top spot at the top of the outdoor county rankings, all at 6'2. And that doesn't even include D'Elia's teammate Dylan Bikim, the two-time state champion in the event! The high jump is already hard enough to predict without having at least one guy who stands out among the rest - it's truly anybody's guess as to who will win this year.

Records that could fall: Andrew Daniels should challenge the record of 38.91 in the 300 hurdles set just two years ago by Wootton's Alan Banks. Blake's Ty Mason, who won the emerging elite section of New Balance Indoor Nationals with a long jump of 23'5.50, could break the oldest standing record of 22'8.75 set back in 1980. And if Northwest runs an 'A' team 4x400 they could break the record of 3:22.12 set in 2011.

County Championship Meet Fun Facts:
B-CC - Won more county titles in the 3200m run than any other school.
Blair - Won more county titles in boys events between 1980 and 1989 than any other school.
Blake - Set meet records in girls 4x100 and 4x200, and set #2 all-time in 4x400 in single day.
Churchill - Won more county titles in girls events between 1980 and 1989 than any other school.
Clarksburg - Won more boys team titles than any other school.
Damascus - Won more county titles in girls field events than any other school.
Einstein - Won more outdoor track county titles than any school between 1980 and 1989.
Gaithersburg - in 4x100m Relay, won more county titles than any school in any event.
Kennedy - Tied for school with most county titles in the girls triple jump.
Magruder - Won more county titles in the boys 300m Hurdles than any other school.
Northwest - Won more team county titles than any other school.
Northwood - 1981 squad is only team besides Gaithersburg under 43.0h in 4x100.
Paint Branch - Won more county titles in the 200m dash than any other school.
Peary - Desipte school closure, Peary still boasts oldest county meet record in boys long jump.
Poolesville - Twice won 4x800m relay despite being only 1A/2A school in field.
Quince Orchard - Won more county titles in the boys 3200m than any other school.
Richard Montgomery - Won more county titles in the 4x400m than any other school.
Rockville - Boasted boys 800m record from 1988 to 2005. Boasted girls 4x800 record from 1987 to 2006.
Seneca Valley - Won more county titles in girls throwing events than any other school.
Sherwood - Won more girls high jump county titles in the 80's and 90's than any other school.
Springbrook - Tied for school with most county titles in boys 4x200 in 90's.
Walter Johnson - Won twice as many county titles in the 1600m than any other school.
Watkins Mill - Won more county titles in boys 4x200 since 2000 than any other school.
Wheaton - Boasted girls 400m county meet record from 1996 to 2008.
Whitman - Won more county titles in the 800m run than any other school.
Woodward - Despite school closure, boasted county record in girls high jump from 1983 to 2003.
Wootton - Won more county titles in girls events between 2006 and 2015 than any other school.


To make your own fun facts: Purchase the county championship meet record book today!





Article Comments - Add A Comment

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Rockets
2016-05-09 21:59:15

Don't sleep on Mark Unger. 1:57 without much competition at Katie Jenkins. It will be his first event of the day

Pierre Donahue
2016-05-13 09:24:41

How about that Blair Boys 4x800m performance at Counties? MoCo Running's article about them vs Churchill in the Screaming Eagles recap is proving to have been prescient. It will be interesting to see the rubber match at Regionals (and maybe a fourth tilt at States).

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