Look for something old and something new in county track this year.
Westminster is the favorite again for both the boys and girls county titles and should be in the thick of the Central Maryland Conference and regional races.
Bowling Brook Home, a juvenile facility for boys, will be fielding a team that will compete in several dual meets with other area schools.
Francis Scott Key Eagles
The boys have a good shot at contending for Monocacy Valley Athletic League, region and state Class 1-A titles, although Westminster looks too strong in the county.
Transfer senior Jim Clarius joins three other seniors on a potentially strong 3,200-meter relay squad.
The sprints and relays, on the other hand, are anchored by the sophomores Mario Lagunas, Sean Smith and Bradford Corey, who helped break the school 400- and 800-meter relay records last spring.
A banner freshmen turnout gives the girls squad a promising future.
Freshmen Carrie and Laurie Ryer, along with classmate Felly Jariot lookgood in the jumps and will also do some running.
However veteranslike sprinters Monica Smith and Dani Deeds, and jumps specialist Tina Vaughn must provide stability and leadership as the young ones develop.
A strong showing in cross country has seasoned the boys middle- and long-distance runners and the Lions should besolid in this category. Ian Beam, Aaron Sweemer, and newcomer Steve Riegle, head up the distance brigade.
Hurdles should also be strong with Jeff Brown the top returnee.
The jumps are a strength with Scott and Brian Lingle leading performers.
The girls could chase Westminster for the county title.
They are deep in distance events with Jen Meyers, third in the state last year in the 1,600-meters, a leading performer.
The sprints and relays will also be a strong point, led by Julie Cox, who anchored Liberty's state champ 800-meter relay team last year.
North Carroll Panthers
The boys have some outstanding, seasoned performers scattered among the many inexperienced freshmen and sophomores. They should be strong in sprinting with Ronnie Miller, second in the county tournament 100-meter -- last year,a key performer.
Matt Davis, a county champ in the mile two yearsago, should contend in that event again. Senior newcomer Wade Zufall, shows great promise as a sprinter and jumper.
Hurdles and jumps will be a girls team strength. Ashlee Douglas, a top hurdler in the region the last three years, lends strength there.
Throws are also strong, with Melissa Poznaniak and Melissa Morgan, fourth and sixth, respectively, in the state in the shot put two years ago. Francine Hewes is outstanding in the triple jump, placing second in the state last year.
South Carroll Cavaliers
The boys team should be improved for Coach Wayne Reisberg with several experienced athletes on the team. Leading the way are sprinters Craig Forman and Tim White and distance specialists Matt Crill and Aaron Quidort.
But the Cavaliersdon't have much depth, so dual meets could pose a problem. Reisberg will be looking to fill some holes in the field events portion of hislineup.
Coach Jim Horn will be depending on strength in the middle distances and jumping events to carry the squad this year. Denine Henderson and Brooxxe Blye make a strong team in the jumps.
The sprint crew will consist primarily of freshmen, so the Cavaliers have numbers, but not experience, in the --es and short relays.
Owls coach Bill Hill can count many blessings.
His boysand girls teams both won the county, Central Maryland Conference, and Class 4A Region I titles last year.
Matt Avery and Kris Brown head a strong middle-distance crew.
Jim Holford is strong in the distance events and Matt Knight should be strong in the jumps.
But Jeff LeBerge, a multi-talented junior last year, graduated early and returned to his native France, leaving Westminster without its top vaulter, thrower and hurdler from last year.
Hill believes the cross country season matured distance runners on the girls team. Stephanie Morningstar is outstanding and should be one of the top runners in thestate.
Kenya Warfield is expected to excel at both hurdles and jumps.
WMC Green Terrors
Green Terrors coach Doug Renner says he'll concentrate his athletes' efforts on performing well in the year-end Middle Atlantic Conference championship meet and qualifying for NCAA berths rather than dual meets, because lack of numbers leaves his teams little chance in those events.
Co-captains Kendra Weible, a possible Division III NCAA qualifier in distance events, and Sherry Albright, who throws discus, javelin and shot, lead the women.
Newcomer Erin Jenkins shows promise as a hurdler and middle-distance runner.
While blessed with good athletes, the women's team needs more depth.
Co-captains Joe Embrey, a middle-distance runner, and BrettYoung lead the men. Derek Johnston returns as school record-holder in the 10,000-meter run.
An exciting newcomer is Bahamian Kent Lightbourn, a 400- and 800-meter runner whom Renner terms "a potential national (NCAA) qualifier."
Bowling Brook Home
The Middleburg area-based school is offering the county's newest track program this year. It's squad will run as an independent in several meets at Francis Scott Key and also compete against North Carroll and South Carroll.
Last fall it competed for the first time in cross country meets at Key and in the county B cross country tourney.
It's team is small and will probably compete only in some of the running events, primarily the sprints and relays.