Wootton boys rally to earn county title -- Gazette.Net


Wednesday's Montgomery County outdoor track and field championships produced one surprise, with Thomas S. Wootton High School slipping past the reigning indoor and outdoor state champions, Northwest, by two points to claim the boys' title.

The Northwest girls' continued their dominating season by winning their straight county championship.

The Wootton boys won after being down by 10 points and in fourth place following 14 of 17 events having been scored.

A gold medal run by Urgy Eado in the 800 meters put Wootton in a first-place tie with Northwest until their 400- and 1,600-meters relay teams sealed the win with second and fourth place finishes, respectively.

The County win was a culmination of everything finally coming together at the right time, Eado said.

“We've been good for the past few years, but our sprinters were kind of shaky.” Eado said. “Our sprinters stepped it up and we have a solid distance team so it kind of came together and we won our division — and finally we won at county.”

Eado finished third in the 1,600 meters race also, but this was a team win for Wootton, which had top five finishes in 11 different events said sprinter Kwame Frimpong.

“It was more of team thing,” Frimpong said. “'Cause we did really well in the [400-meters relay] and [800-meters relay] — placed first and second. Individually, we did well. [Jaron Woodyard] placed secoond [in the 100 meters], I placed fourth.”

David Yazdani who runs on the 1,600-meters relay team along with Frimpong agrees and said the entire team is closer than they have ever been because they actually hang out with one another now and do things like go out to eat. Yazdani says it feels great to bring the county championship to Wootton.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase girls finished second. Clarksburg boys and girls placed third.

The Northwest girls also had strong performances by their relay teams.

Their 800 meters team finished first. The Jaguars finished third in the 3,200 meters and fourth in the 400 meters.

Their field performances earned Northwest a lot of points as well.

Andrea Christmas placed second in the pole vault. Stephanie Bateky had a second place finish in the high jump.

Courtney Haberman finished third in the discus throw.

Claudia Ababio of Clarksburg was the winner of the discus throw with a toss of 130 feet, 1 inch, crushing the previous meet record of 122 feet, 8 inches set by Ruth Kura of Quince Orchard in 1996.

Ababio also improved her already existing meet record from last year of 40 feet in the shot put with a 45 foot, 1 inch toss.

Other results from the 2014 Montgomery County State Championships can be found on athletic.net.