Top Row From Left: Northwest 4x100 Relay: Eddita
Pessima, Cori Brown, Stephanie Bateky; Blake 4x200 and 4x400 Relays: Noelani Phillips, Serena Harrison, Cyan People's, Tahira Bakare, Kenya Allison, Geligne
Franklin; Bottom Row From Left: Damascus 4x800 Relay: Samantha Kameka, Melissa Kameka, Heather Delaplaine, Juliana Ancalmo; Janise Bestman (Paint Branch),
Morgan Casey (Blair)
Athlete of the Year: Taylor Wright, Northwest - Class of 2019 - Wright led all MCPS athletes this spring in the 100m (11.91), 200m (24.40) and high
jump (5-07). She won the same three events at the Montgomery County Championship Meet and the 4A West Regional Championship. She won the 4A state title in the
high jump (5-04), finished as state runner-up in the 100m and 200m, and 4x100m relay.
Morgan Casey, Montgomery Blair - Class of 2018 - Casey swept 800-meter titles from the DCC Championship and Montgomery County Championship right up
through the 4A West and 4A State Championship. She won the 4A state title in the 800m with a county-leading 2:16.22.
Abigail Green, Walter Johnson - Class of 2018 - Green wrestled with illness early in the season and saved the best for last. After sweeping county and
region 1600m and 3200m titles, she set season best times at state championship meet by winning the 3200-meter state title (10:45.66) and placing second in the
Eddita Pessima, Northwest - Class of 2018 - Pessima swept county, region, and state titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. She led all
MCPS athletes in both events this spring (14.41/44.06) and just missed breaking the 300-meter hurdles county meet record of 44.12 with #2 all-time county meet
Ashley Santini, Northwest - Class of 2017 - Santini swept county titles in the long jump and triple jump plus won the 4A West Region title in the
triple jump. She led all MCPS athletes this season in the long jump with leap of 18-04 at the Central Invitational. She recorded 36-06.25 in the triple jump
at state championship meet.
Janise Bestman, Paint Branch - Class of 2019 - Bestman led all county athletes in the shot put with a season best mark of 36-07 recorded at the county
championship meet. She ranked third in MCPS in the discus (101-07). The multisport athlete plays basketball in the winter and says that she enjoys playing
football, yes, "boys football."
Paige Evans, Clarksburg - Class of 2017 - Evans led all county athletes in the pole vault with season best mark of 10-03 recorded at the 4A West Region
Meet. She tied the #2 all-time mark at the county championship meet with winning vault of 9-06.
4x100 Relay - Northwest - Cori Brown (2019), Eddita Pessima (2018), Stephanie Bateky (2017), Taylor Wright (2019) - Northwest placed 26th overall at
the Penn Relays with a season best, MCPS-leading time of 48.27. They recorded 48.39 at the county championship meet which was third best in meet history. The
Northwest 4x100 relay won Montgomery County and 4A West Region titles before taking second place at 4A state championship.
4x200 Relay - Blake - Noelani Phillips (2019), Tahira Bakare (2019), Kenya Allison (2018), Cyan People's (2019) - Blake recorded MCPS-leading
performance of 1:41.86 at 3A South Region Meet and went on to win 3A state title in windy conditions in 1:42.52.
4x400 Relay - Blake - Geligne Franklin (2019), Noelani Phillips (2019), Kenya Allison (2018), Serena Harrison (2020) - Blake's MCPS-leading 4x400 of
3:54.96 came at the Penn Relays where they placed 31st overall. They went on to win the 3A state title in 3:58.09.
4x800 Relay - Damascus - Samantha Kameka, Juliana Ancalmo, Heather Delaplaine, Melissa Kameka - At the Penn Relays, Damascus recorded the fastest 4x800
by a county team since 2012, 9:24.96. The Hornets later won the 3A state title in 9:31.05 with Alexis Whitehorn-Coriz after losing star runner Melissa Kemeka
1st Team 2nd Team
Sprinters Taylor Wright, Northwest 2019 Madison Depry, Wheaton 2020
Middle Morgan Casey, Montgomery Blair 2018 Melissa Kameka, Damascus 2019
Distance Abigail Green, Walter Johnson 2018 Nandini Satsangi, Poolesville 2019
Hurdles Editta Pessima, Northwest 2018 Kaya Rae Dunbar, Paint Branch 2020
High Jump Taylor Wright, Northwest 2019 Tatiana Teixeira, Winston Churchill 2017
Long Jump Ashley Santini, Northwest 2017 Stephanie Bateky, Northwest 2017
Triple Jump Ashley Santini, Northwest 2017 Lucy Lee, Winston Churchill 2017
Throws Janise Bestman, Paint Branch 2019 Xanthi Limber, Clarksburg 2018
Pole Vault Paige Evans, Clarksburg 2017 Victoria Toth, Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2017
4 x 100 Northwest High School Watkins Mill High School
4 x 200 James Hubert Blake High School Watkins Mill High School
4 x 400 James Hubert Blake High School Walter Johnson High School
4 x 800 Damascus High School Walt Whitman High School
Sprinters Karis Lee, Winston Churchill 2019 Jada Sobratti, Watkins Mill 2019
Middle Kyra Badrian, Paint Branch 2017 Serena Harrison, James Hubert Blake 2020
Distance Yasmine Kass, Paint Branch 2018 Julia Reicin, Winston Churchill 2017
Hurdles Courtney Christian, W. Johnson 2017 Lily Lippert, Clarksburg 2018
High Jump Kaya Rae Dunbar, Paint Branch 2020 Alyssa McCloskey, Clarksburg 2018
Long Jump Naomi English, Albert Einstein 2018 Lucy Lee, Winston Churchill 2017
Triple Jump Stephanie Bateky, Northwest 2017 Ashley Weaver, Winston Churchill 2019
Throws Precious Battle, Northwest 2019 Trinity Klock, Clarksburg 2020
Pole Vault Ananya Bernardo, B-CC 2018 Karalyn Schwartz, Clarksburg 2019
MCPS coaches organized and voted for this 2017 All-MCPS Outdoor Track & Field Team.
Relay teams were selected based on the single fastest performance of the season using automatic timing.
Photo and editorial provided by Mocorunning.com
A funny thing happened during the photo shoot. One athlete asked what this was all about. There is a very long history of the All-County Track & Field Team
dating back several decades. It was last published by the Gazette in 2015. The Gazette selected All-County teams for more than two decades. Before that, the
Montgomery Journal had published All-County teams for much of the 1980's and the Montgomery Sentinel was naming All-County teams before that. Until the last
few years, there was always a group photo in those publications. Those publications were born out of the era of printed news. Mocorunning.com was a grassroots
creation, born out of the era of internet news with a tremendous appreciation for the printed news that preceded it. Mocorunning never infringed on the All-
County teams published by the Gazette in the 2000's, but at the request of MCPS coaches, Mocorunning has provided a platform for the 2017 All-MCPS track team
as selected by coaches. We definitely wanted to bring back the group photo.
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|Thanks to Mocorunning for all of the time and effort you put in. The county parents, athletes, and coaches greatly appreciate it
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|Thank you Mocorunning and the county coaches for bringing the All-County Team back. Looking forward to next year's teams.