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Nov. 15, 2010

Freshman places tenth at Maryland Cross Country Championship

by Liv Jacobson, Online Entertainment Editor
This away-game story was based on post-game interviews only and not on a first-hand account.


Freshman Morgana D'Ottavi placed tenth out of 135 runners at the 4A Girl's Maryland State Cross Country Championship on Saturday, with a time of 20:28. By placing tenth, D'Ottavi was ranked as the fastest freshman girl in the 4A division in Maryland.

Morgana (left) runs ahead of a pack of girls to place tenth at the MD State Championship. Courtesy of
Morgana (left) runs ahead of a pack of girls to place tenth at the MD State Championship.
Whitman junior Anna Ryba took first place overall with a time of 19:16. Walter Johnson senior Anna Bosse took second with a time of 19:39, and Thomas Johnson senior Savanna Plombon followed in third place with a time of 19:51. The Walt Whitman girls' team placed first overall, followed by Northwest and Severna Park.

Cross country head coach James Demma was very pleased with D'Ottavi's race. "Her race was amazing. She had a fast start, held on and passed 3 runners in the last quarter mile," he said.

D'Ottavi was happy with her performance, but also noticed flaws in the beginning of her race. "I felt like that first mile was too fast and the second mile too slow, so the third mile was perfect," she said. D'Ottavi also found the course itself to be a challenge.

The friendly atmosphere of the race encouraged D'Ottavi. "The race was so much fun. Everybody is so nice and everyone cheers for you even if you're not from their team. It was a great experience as a freshman," she said.

Demma credited D'Ottavi's results throughout the season to her strong work ethic and unique ability. "Her fast start shows bravery and confidence. The way she maintains is gutsy and she’s not afraid to hurt a little. People think she’s just 'fast', but there’s much more to it. She has the ability to keep pushing herself even though she’s incredibly tired," he said.

D'Ottavi had high expectations for herself and her team in next year's season. "I would really like the girls' team to qualify for states, and of course get some faster times and go below 20 minutes," she explained.

Demma expressed high hopes for Morgana's future in cross country based on her early success as a freshman. "She’ll win states before she graduates if she continues to train," he said.

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  • blazer13 on November 16, 2010 at 8:43 AM
    go morgana!!!!
  • Demma (View Email) on November 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    Morgana is not the fastest freshman in the state, you should print a correction. Erin Causey, a freshman from Hereford High School ran 29 seconds faster than Morgana to win the 3a race. Also, there are a couple of fast private school girls, but their times are hard to compare. The results of the meet are at

    • runner on November 18, 2010 at 4:09 PM
      It doesn't say that Morgana is the fastest freshman in the state. It says that she is the fastest freshman in the 4A state division.
    • blaze on November 20, 2010 at 6:26 PM
      dont hate on morgana. she did great and all you should be doing is congradulating her not trying to put her down
      • really? on November 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM
        helloo he's the coach i'd hardly call that hating, more like making this accurate and truthful journalism
        nice try though
      • other runner on November 21, 2010 at 10:08 PM
        he wasn't hating on her or trying to put her down. he's the cross country coach, and he's encouraged her the most. he was just trying to see to it that the validity of the article is maintained. even though he may have misread a bit.
  • Fiona on November 16, 2010 at 3:17 PM
  • critiquer on November 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM
    Great article, but "Thomas Johnson" isn't a school in MCPS I don't think. Perhaps Walter Johnson was the intended school.
    • lover of liv on November 17, 2010 at 7:51 AM
      It's a state-wide championship; therefore, schools other than MCPS were there. Nice try.
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