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State Championship Recap
By: Kevin Milsted

Northwood's Obsaa Feda and Eldad Mulugeta claimed the top two spots in the boys 4A state championship race while Northwood took second place in the team standings behind Severna Park.

In an homage to last year's 4A state champion, Mulugeta said that he made his move where Adam Nakasaka made his decisive move in 2017. After Severna Park's Garrison Clark led the race for the better part of the second mile, Mulugeta surged to the lead and created space at about the two mile mark. By all accounts, his decisive move broke the race open.

Feda went with his teammate, and the two cruised the third mile nearly stride-for-stride. After ascending the dip for the final time, there was little doubt that the teammates would claim the top two spots in the race. They had amassed at least a fifteen second lead on their pursuers, but for Feda, an unfamiliar trepidation set in.

Said Feda, "The way he was moving, I thought he felt really good...50 meters, I was like, 'ok, I can't go out like that. I have to give it all I got.' I just sprinted."

Mulugeta, who ran the majority of the race with one shoe and broke the wind for his teammate in the second half, was thinking along the same lines: "I was like, 'Oh my God, I'm about to win states,' but then it looked like he was coming. I was like, 'Oh my God, I need to hold on.' But he had more than me today."

Neither runner conceded to the other as they sprinted across the finish line. Feda won by a split-second, 15:44.05 to 15:44.29. There was a pause, a glance back, and then a hug.

"It was a dream come true: winning states with my teammate, Northwood going first and second at states. It's a dream come true for me," said Feda.

They are the first male teammates to finish one-two in the Maryland 4A classification since 2001, and the first from Montgomery County to do it since 1992.

1-2 Male Teammates in Maryland's Largest Classification Since 1970
2018: Obsaa Feda and Eldad Mulugeta  	Northwood
2001: Pat Bailey and Aaron Smith  	C. Milton Wright
1992: Troy Harry and Kevin Birdsell  	Quince Orchard
1979: Robby Raisbeck and Mark Burney  	High Point
1971: Gordon Oliver and Kent Staver  	B-CC

Note: it happens more frequently in lower classifications.

The times of 15:44.05 and 15:44.29 rank third and fourth on the state course at Hereford since it was rearranged in 2014.

Coach Giovanni Reumante predicted that they needed five guys in the top twenty-five to have a chance at beating Severna Park. In hindsight, Northwood would have needed to claim the top two spots and squeeze five guys into the top twenty spots just to approach the Anne Arundel County juggernaut that has now won five out of the last seven Maryland 4A state titles and finished in the top-2 every year since 2011. Northwood's #3-4-5 took the 28th, 31st, and 43rd scoring spots to tally 105 points to Severna Park's 48.

Said Reumante, "Even though we fell short of our goal today, it's just amazing how they competed today. They had this goal to be a state contenders this season. They came out here and they ran tough."


Two Montgomery County girls finished the day as individual state runners-up in their respective classifications: Charlotte Turesson of Richard Montgomery High School in the 4A classification, and Nandini Satsangi of Poolesville High School in the 2A classification. Montgomery County girls teams could only muster a third place finish by Poolesville in the 2A classification and a fourth place finish by Whitman in the 4A classification.

Admirable Execution

In the 4A race, a pack of six girls re-formed in the second mile of the race after Leonardtown's Nelle Ray initially strung out the field with a fast first half mile. Turesson said that she tried to remain in that front pack and remain patient until about 2.5 miles when she moved up on the shoulder of Annapolis's Anna Coffin.

"I was trying to have her break all the wind," said the savvy sophomore.

Turesson spoke with a tone of admiration when she described the race execution by South River's Bronwyn Patterson: "She was behind us actually. She wasn't up with the first two girls. She was probably close behind...she surged up the hill and got everyone. I mean that was a really bold move and it was pretty effective."

After blowing by opponents on the infamous dip, Patterson ran away with the win in 19:06.19 while Turesson held onto second place in 19:18.84, less than a second in front of Coffin who was probably considered the pre-race favorite by most.

"I feel like I could have done a little better," said Turesson shortly after the race, "but that's just fuel for next year to go out and do my best."

Satsangi Runs Full Circle

Satsangi, who fell multiple times in the final half mile of the 2017 state championship race, said that she "flipped out a little bit" when she found herself leading too early in the 2018 race.

Said Satsangi, "I got to the second half and I hate running in front so I kind of flipped out a little bit, like, 'What am I doing?' So I kind of fell back a little bit."

"When that happens, I just like to focus on the course and this course is my favorite. I really like hills...Coming up that short little hill after the two mile, it was a lot of fun and I just got back into it...I just got back up into the race and passed a couple people coming up the dip, and ran it in."

She was amused that she completed her high school career by coming full circle. She finished second at the state meet as a freshman and second at the state meet as a senior.

Conservative Strategy Regrettable

It had been nine years since a team outside Montgomery County won the girls 4A state title and eleven years since the Montgomery County girls were shut out of the top three 4A team spots.

After winning the Montgomery County title and the 4A West Region title, Whitman head coach Steve Hays told his girls to begin the race conservatively but to stay close to Severna Park. His girls may have taken the conservative part of the strategy too far.

Said Hays, "I think all of us expected to do a little bit better. We just seemed to let the race kind of get away from us. We weren't really up to where we needed to be and it seemed like we were trying to play catch-up for the whole race. Sometimes you have days like that and hopefully you learn from them. The good thing is almost everybody is back. Five of the seven are back and hopefully they can learn from this race."

Walter Johnson High School's record-breaking state title winning streak ended with a seventh place finish in 2018. Head coach Tom Martin and WJHS athletic director (and former cross country coach) Tom Rogers were in good spirits after the race knowing that their girls did everything they could. Martin said that he looks forward to getting his girls back heathy on the track and expects them to be competitive next fall. The Wildcats competed with just one senior on Saturday.

Things appear to remain tough moving forward for the MoCo girls. Severna Park, Dulaney, Howard, and Broadneck also competed with two or fewer seniors.

For the Record

The temperature at the 2017 state championship started at 27 degrees and by Mocorunning's research, that made it the coldest state meet in at least forty years. 2018's starting temperature of 38 degrees was comparatively higher, but there is a case to be made that 2018 was colder due to the wind. Wind speed at BWI was measured at 25 miles per hour throughout most of the 2018 state meet with gusts as high as 39 miles per hour in the early afternoon. 2017 wind was never measured above 5 miles per hour and the sun almost made it comfortable race weather during the afternoon session.

The title of coldest state meet will depend on when you were there. The 3A/4A crowds may insist that 2017 was colder, but the afternoon 1A/2A crowd will certainly remember 2018 as the colder meet.


Down year
2018-11-11 14:32:26

Seems like a lot of moco teams didn’t have their best days today, especially wootton and pb

2018-11-11 14:36:12

What are their chances of going to nxn as individuals this year?

Question for anyone who knows
2018-11-11 14:39:12

Why did they not restart the 4A boys after 10-12 boys went down, but decided to restart the 4A girls after one girl went down? The two falls happened at about the same part of the course.

2018-11-11 15:52:41

8th and 9th for pb and wootton. Honestly that's not bad. They both had good seasons. It was a meet where a lot of teams were fighting for 3rd. When all of the kids went down I don't think the starter was paying attention. It happens.

2018-11-11 16:11:47

Don't feed the trolls

2018-11-11 16:13:22

Here are the scores from 5th to 10th Whitman 233 Rm 235 South River 238 PB 241 Wootton 242 BCC 244

2018-11-11 16:18:17

11 points separated 5th place and 10th place. Great stat.

2018-11-11 17:38:26

nobody actually believed that Paint Branch was legit

2018-11-11 18:37:27

Pb not that good and it showed at states

2018-11-11 18:48:25

Pb not that good and it showed at states

Clark Kent
2018-11-11 19:02:53

Did any of you beat them at the county meet? Doubt it Good season for pb

2018-11-11 19:05:04

Pb not that good and it showed at states

2018-11-11 19:24:16

Paint branch ain’t ****

2018-11-11 19:24:32

Paint branch ain’t ****

rip MD Meet of Champions
2018-11-11 19:42:05

Whoever cancelled the meet of champions, THANK YOU. probably the stupidest idea, especially in a year like this year. Severna Park probably wouldn't want to go with NXN Southeast the next weekend. Individuals wouldn't change that much. Basically nobody would want to risk a dumb unofficial meet with national qualifying possibilities the next week.

2018-11-11 19:43:12

paint branch's 4x8 will be scary good. Watch out for Ezra Dessie to breakout

2018-11-11 19:52:33

Eldad and Obsaa can totally qualify for NXN. I don't think Severna will make it because it looks like Garrison isn't at full strength and it was already a long shot. I can't wait to see what Obsaa and Eldad can run when they are being pulled along rather than leading the race. Crushed what Lockett and Asfaw(who qualified fro NXN) have managed to run on this course. Also beat what a healthy Garrison(2017 NXN qualifier) ran in the warmer Bull Run invitational.

2018-11-11 19:54:19

Does anyone know what charlotte Turesson does instead of track? Gosh, I hope she does track. Could be next Abbey Green with that 18:09 Great American time.

2018-11-11 20:38:37

Garrison Clark would’ve won if he was healthy

Clark Kent
2018-11-11 20:54:41

If he was hurt he wouldnt have run. The Severna park coaches are much smarter than that. Trust me They didnt need him to win

2018-11-11 21:37:54

NORTHWOOD IS GONNA HAVE 3guys sub 16 next yaer and a solid 4-7

Looking towards next year
2018-11-11 21:39:49

It looks like almost every moco team is losing everybody

Next year prediction
2018-11-11 22:47:59

rm returns 4 of their top 5, looks like they’ll be the team to beat next year. WJ and Sherwood also looks good for next fall as they both have solid 1-2 punches.

Moc great idea
2018-11-11 23:05:49

Meet of champions was cancelled bc mpssaa threatened to remove eligibility of non seniors as they claimed it was an all star game. Organizers are working on getting around that for next year. Your right about the boys side this year with sp winning easy and the Northwood boys winning easy but that won’t be the case every year and imagine the girls race, northern sp broadneck ww howard bel air plus the individuals .. on a course where runners can actually pr.. would have been awesome

rip Meet of Champions
2018-11-11 23:26:23

Admittedly, it would have been very interesting to see Nanjappa, Diehl, Saxon and the Bohemia Manor duo lining up against better competition

Looking Ahead
2018-11-11 23:36:38

RM looks like the team to beat next year. Returning 4 under 17, and Garrett Suhr will be dangerous. Sherwood is the only other team returning multiple under 17, and they look pretty good with a strong 1-2, but they need to close the gap. Blair didn't qualify this year, but they could still rebound with three guys at 17:21 or below. WJ looks solid too, as they only lose Rodrigo. Better watch for BCC too. They always have a breakout runner.

Looking Ahead
2018-11-11 23:37:32

Only 9 sub 17 returners. RM has almost half of them.

Looking Ahead
2018-11-11 23:38:40

Another interesting point: RM returns 1-2-3-4 in 4A West.

2018-11-12 05:40:01

I think Charlotte does lacrosse

2018-11-12 09:17:49

I guess it wasn’t a good day for MoCo runners. 11 points separated 5th and 10th. Also amazing how 8th and 10th we’re separated by only 2 points. PB could’ve been in a way better spot if all their runners had a good race. I can’t wait to see what those guys can do this upcoming track season, they have talent. As well as Northwood, Great season boys..

2018-11-12 09:22:20

Wow I expected PB to atleast be top 5 looking at the county results. Great season to them, they came out of no where.

2018-11-12 10:01:13

This has all happened before. There will never be a true meet of champions because of the MPSSAA's rules. The Battle of the Potomac was originally billed to have invitation-only elite races and the MPSSAA shut that down so they changed their meet format. The Battle of the Potomac was as close as we could ever come within the rules. NXN Regional is basically the Meet of Champions just other states are included and it is a six hour drive.

2018-11-12 10:08:40

If meet organizers try to 'get around the rules' next year, it will jut be Battle of the Potomac 2.0 without Virginia/DC and probably not as cool. BOP was a really fun meet and the source of a lot of cool Team MD swag, but it could never be the 'Border War' they wanted.

2018-11-12 10:21:16

What is the point of the MPSSAA placing all these stupid rules on invitationals. Why don’t they want top Maryland teams and individuals in different classifications to face other top Maryland teams and individuals.

2018-11-12 10:57:22

I beat obbbsa b4 in the mile and eldad in the 2mile

PB are Indoor State Champions
2018-11-12 11:10:04

Looking at the results, Ezra Dessie had a horrible race as he ran 17:49. If he broke 17, PB would have Challenged Howard for 4th easily. Also, PB has a great squad heading into indoors

2018-11-12 12:14:52

Leoluca Cannuscio and Ezra Dessie are a bout to be dangerous in the mile come indoor.

2018-11-12 13:21:20

Big difference between 17:48 and sub 17:00 especially on hereford. Just because you can run fast on a fast course means nothing at states. Thats not to say he wont have success on the track. I wouldnt say that moco kids like Dessie had a bad day, simply put its hard to run at hereford and if you arent in the right mindset or you dont have good coaching you may be a 1650 xc man and come 90th in the state thats just the way it goes. Look year over year at the kids who improve their place from counties to regions to states and you will see a pattern about which programs/coahces they come from.

2018-11-12 19:59:59

Individual predictions for next year? Anyone?

To anyone
2018-11-13 17:29:43

Surafel Mengist had a big year, Garrett Suhr when he’s healthy can be a beast, Sean Enright and Jack Anderson will be good, Lamar Wilson as well. Also Richard Montgomery has three of the top 10 returners, two of them first year runners so they may have big seasons next year. Jake Marks and Seth Bangser didn’t really get to run any fast courses and don’t do well at states but will likely be top guys next year.

To anyone
2018-11-13 17:31:42

I forgot about Henok Eshetu, look out for him next year

2018-11-13 17:38:34

Lamine Fofana as well as Eshetu. Northwood won’t have much depth next year tho

2018-11-13 20:30:55

What teams will go top 3 at counties next year? What about individuals?

2018-11-13 21:28:24

Why does no one pay attention to the girls? For some reason everyone is talking about the boys but the girls are good too mind you

RM and Sherwood
2018-11-13 21:58:42

RM and Sherwood looking really good next year on both genders.

2018-11-14 14:26:45

Interesting boys team scores based on final season rankings (obviously could only include teams with 5 or more runners) 1) Northwood 71 2) R. Montgomery 152 3) Whitman 154 4) Paint Branch 157 5) Wootton 163 6) W. Johnson 200 7) B-CC 204 8) Blair 244 9) Poolesville 250 10) Northwest 258 11) Churchill 283 12) Sherwood 300

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