Gwen Shaw won four events at the Montgomery County championships on Tuesday while leading Wootton to a top-three team finish.
Shaw, a Louisville recruit, entered the biggest meet of her season to date with a case of the blahs. She thrives on rhythm and structure — sprinting and years of riding and training horses have taught her their value — but felt Tuesday like she had hardly any of either. It was odd to be racing at the beginning of the week instead of at the end of it and she was just starting to get over the flu. The All-Met just didn’t feel ready to race.
That all turned around when Shaw stepped on the track. The favorite in the 55-meter hurdles delivered in that event with unprecedented speed, blazing over the five barriers to win in a meet-record 8.21 seconds.
Shaw immediately jogged back to the starting line, and less than five minutes later at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, won the 55 dash in 7.26.