Preseason Top 10

Girls

Track And Field

March 20, 2002

1. Long Reach

Last season: ranked No. 1

Despite graduating four Division I scholarship athletes, the Lightning appears ready to dominate in girls track yet again. This spring, with an influx of three basketball players to a good nucleus that ran indoor, the team seeks a fifth straight state championship.

2. Dulaney

Last season: ranked No. 2

Third in the Class 4A-3A state meet behind Eleanor Roosevelt and Largo last season, the three-time defending Baltimore County champion has quality distance runners, strength at triple jump, pole vault and middle distance, and decent sprint capability to maintain its lofty standing.

3. Western

Last season: ranked No. 3

The Doves will fly on the swift feet of sprinters Mariama Gondo, Ashaley Davis, Latosha Wallace and Ashley West-Nesbitt. Western captured the Baltimore City and 4A North Regional championships before finishing sixth at the state meet.

4. Glenelg

Last season: unranked

The Gladiators have their biggest team in years with 35 girls. Standout distance runner Carrie Selmer, who hopes to break 5:10 in the mile, leads a feisty group that refused to quit during the indoor season.

5. Atholton

Last season: ranked No. 5

If Lindsay Grigoriev is healthy, then she can fill the void left by triple-gold medalist Ashley Wall's graduation. Then a second straight 2A state championship will be possible for the Raiders, who also feature distance runner Michelle Freda.

6. Mount Hebron

Last season: unranked

A heartbreaking state runner-up indoor finish should be followed by an equally strong outdoor season.

7. McDonogh

Last season: unranked

Lots of depth and ample quality in the shot, distance and sprints give the Eagles a shot at winning the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title that they lost to Bryn Mawr by 1 1/2 points last season.

8. Broadneck

Last season: unranked

Previously unheralded sophomore distance runner Lauren Centrowitz gained center stage at the state indoor championships with an upset of Dulaney ace Tenke Zoltani. Second-team All-Met performer Erin Burns also returns in distance events.

9. Bryn Mawr

Last season: ranked No. 9

A couple of strong distance performers hope to help the Mawrtians defend their IAAM title.

10. Mount de Sales

Last season: unranked

Never say never is the Sailors' theme as they dream of bypassing McDonogh and Bryn Mawr for the IAAM title.

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