Caroline Guiot claimed a 4A individual state title for Walt Whitman High School in the 3,200 meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 16.93 seconds. Guiot, a senior, was near the front of the pack for most of the race before powering into the lead and pulling away on the final lap.
"I started out fast, I normally like to start off a little slower, then I had to kick it up to get around some people in the pack," Guiot said. "There were a couple surges and I definitely felt the pack behind me, but it was my last high school race so I'm glad I won it."
Guiot wrapped up her high school tenure with a strong senior year, claiming the state title in cross country in the fall, the indoor 3,200 meter during the winter, and, now, the outdoor 3200 meter.
"This year has been very exciting," Guiot said. "I have had a lot of injuries throughout my high school career, I have never been able to compete in all three seasons [in the same year before], so it is really exciting to be able to win all these state championships. I didn't go into this year expecting this at all."
The Northwest girls claimed titles in both the 800 meter (1:39.43) and the 3,200 meter relays (9:20.44). Camry Torian showcased her speed in the anchor leg of the 800 relay for Northwest, overtaking Bowie's Evelyn Chappell on the final stretch to earn the victory.
"We knew that it was going to be like that [with Bowie in the lead at the final hand off], because it was the same way for indoor but it was a bigger gap," Torian said. "I knew I was going to have to give it my all, and I did that. This [win] feels great."
Torian was also one of several county runners who advanced through the preliminary round of the sprint events to earn a birth into the finals on Saturday. In 4A action, Torian and teammate Kennedy Knight each qualified in both the 100 and 200 meters events. Renee Hart (Walter Johnson) and Bethany White (Col. Zadok Magruder) both made it through to the 100 meters final, while Deborah Olawuni (Montgomery Blair) advanced in the 200 meters. Gwen Shaw and Sylvia Deppen, both of Thomas S. Wootton, qualified in the 100 meter hurdles. For Class 3A, Shaniel Thomas (Northwood) advanced to the finals in the 100 hurdle event.
For the 3A boys, Wylliam Youngnia (Watkins Mill) and Jalen Walker (Northwood) posted qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 meters. Micah Phillips-Spencer of Winston Churchill advanced to the 200 meters final for 4A, while Andrew Ankrah (Quince Orchard) and Elad Covaliu (Walter Johnson) move on to compete in the 110 meters hurdle final.
Through five events for the girls, Northwest is in first place in class 4A with 24 points, followed by Whitman (20 points) and Bethesda-Chevy Chase (17 points). Clarksburg holds the second spot for the boys with 25 points after seven events, followed by Quince Orchard in third (20 points).