Rankings

Girls Track And Field

High School Sports

March 19, 2004

RANKINGS

1. Western

Last season: ranked No. 1

This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Doves, who instead upset then-No. 1 Broadneck for the Class 4A-3A Central region crown and placed third at the state championships during the indoor track and field season.

2. Broadneck

Last season: No. 8

In search of their first Class 4A state title, the Bruins have undergone a sweeping transformation. The middle- and long-distance standouts that defined Broadneck are still there, but the program has uncovered gems in the sprints, hurdles and pole vault.

3. McDonogh

Last season: No. 9

The Eagles stealthily secured the school's first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland indoor track crown this past winter. A wealth of talent in the sprints, throws and jumps might be the perfect formula for the Eagles to pick up a coveted A Conference outdoor title.

4. Long Reach

Last season: No. 2

Arguably one of the most successful programs in the state, the Lightning has collected three Class 3A state championships in the last four years and Class 2A crowns in 1998 and 1999.

5. Bryn Mawr

Last season: No. 4

Stung by an archaic ruling that snapped the Mawrtians' two-year streak at the IAAM championships, the team is using this season as an opportunity for redemption. Bryn Mawr should score points in the short-distance races and the jumps.

6. C. Milton Wright

Last season: No. 6

A drop down to the Class 3A level and the development of some rising jumpers might be the formula for C. Milton Wright to vault past Western and Long Reach.

7. Towson Catholic

Last season: unranked

Long classified as an IAAM B Conference track and field program before the Williams sisters started attending, the Owls seem oddly misplaced. But Towson Catholic will challenge its A Conference sisters at the Maryland Private Schools state and IAAM championships.

8. Mount Hebron

Last season: No. 7

Whether Mount Hebron's middle-distance corps can overcome vulnerabilities in the sprints and sprint relays will determine just how far the Vikings can go this spring.

9. Mervo

Last season: unranked

The Mustangs are beginning to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Mervo, which placed second to Western at the Baltimore City championships and won the Class 3A-2A Central region meet this past winter, attracted a number of jumpers and throwers.

10. Mount de Sales

Last season: No. 3

Woe to those who sleep on the Sailors. Mount de Sales' experience and strength in the hurdles, sprints and throws make the Sailors a serious contender for another IAAM A Conference title.

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