Preseason Top 10

Girls Track

High Schools Sports

Spring Preview

March 21, 2003

1. Western

Last season: ranked No. 1

The Doves are back where they ended last spring. Armed with a powerful corps of sprinters and middle-distance runners, Western -- winner of 14 consecutive Baltimore City championships -- appears ready to retain the Class 4A state crown it brought home last spring.

2. Long Reach

Last season: No. 2

The Lightning has a new coach, but returns many of the same athletes who capped last year with their fifth straight Howard County and Class 3A state titles. Long Reach will continue to depend on its sprinters, jumpers and relay teams.

3. Milford Mill

Last season: ranked No. 5

The odds would seem to be against the two-time Class 3A-2A state indoor champions, who know their toughest opponent may be the five additional events that the outdoor season will throw at them. But the Millers have maximized the talents of their eight-member squad.

4. Bryn Mawr

Last season: ranked No. 7

The Mawrtians have added 10 more athletes to the team that took home its second consecutive Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland crown. Bryn Mawr's strength in the sprints and jumps could overshadow a lack of depth in the throwing events.

5. Mount de Sales

Last season: ranked No. 10

The Sailors fell by five points in their bid for the IAAM championship. Mount de Sales only has three seniors on the roster, but several of last year's freshmen have matured, and their experience could help the Sailors keep the pressure on Bryn Mawr.

6. Broadneck

Last season: unranked

The Anne Arundel County champions have relied on a tried-and-true formula: distance, distance, distance. But the Bruins have enjoyed a surge in throwers, and the sprinters are serviceable. The question is, can Broadneck cover the glaring holes in the field events?

7. C. Milton Wright

Last season: ranked No. 6

Like Broadneck, the Mustangs have complemented their impressive corps of distance runners with a group of athletes in the field events -- most notably the jumps and throws. Developing a core of sprinters will be key if C. Milton Wright hopes to make waves on the Class 4A state level.

8. Mount Hebron

Last season: unranked

The Vikings have plenty of healthy bodies to lean on, and a plethora of veterans head a team that could challenge Long Reach for a Howard County championship.

9. Franklin

Last season: unranked

Franklin surprised observers when it tied Milford Mill for the Class 3A-2A Central region indoor title, but the Indians will find it difficult to sneak up on anyone, and graduation took a toll on the team's field athletes.

10. Glenelg

Last season: ranked No. 3

If Glenelg harbors visions of a 2A state repeat, the team will need a consistent effort from its sprint and field athletes.

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