Anne Arundel County

Girls Track And Field

High School Sports

March 19, 2004

Anne Arundel County

Broadneck is turning its reputation upside down.

Widely regarded as a middle- and long-distance powerhouse, the Bruins have upended the stereotype by planting a core of sprinters, hurdlers and pole-vaulters and reaping the benefits.

Broadneck's emergence in the sprints and dominance in the distance races give the Bruins the preseason nod for their fifth consecutive county championship.

Standing in Broadneck's way is a Severna Park program that kept things interesting during the indoor season. The addition of athletes in the jumps should help the Falcons stay close to the Bruins.

Arundel, Chesapeake-AA and Glen Burnie are part of a crowded field that will make some noise.

Baltimore City

Any talk of a city championship begins -- and for the last 15 years, ends -- with Western.

The Doves' power in the sprints and hurdles is usually more than enough to overwhelm their city rivals, but with just 18 athletes on the roster, the team must guard against overexertion. Still, Western's talent may be too much to overcome.

Mervo will be the Doves' biggest obstacle. The Mustangs have produced talent in the middle- and long-distance events and might enter three athletes in each field event.

Edmondson's recruiting effort appears to be bearing fruit as the Red Storm has the sprinters to perhaps siphon off some of Western's points.

Southern-B and W.E.B. DuBois could play a role.

Baltimore County

After a one-year hiatus prompted by a strong Milford Mill program, Dulaney has returned to a familiar position as the county favorite.

The Lions have long dominated the distance events, and a unique blend of experience and youth could help them score points in less traditional areas like the hurdles and the relays.

Dulaney's bid for its sixth county title in the last seven years could be thwarted by Franklin, which will wield its might in the middle-distance events and throws to challenge the Lions for the county crown and the 4A-3A title.

In the 2A-1A division, Western Tech's core of seniors could translate into a victory. Hereford's middle-distance depth makes the Bulls a contender.

Carroll County

Century has gone from hunter to hunted.

The Knights were four points shy of wresting the indoor county title away from eventual champion Winters Mill. As the defending outdoor titlist, Century will rely on its strength in the sprints and throws to offset a lack of pole-vaulters.

Winters Mill loses Performer of the Year Katie Hertsch to lacrosse, but the Falcons can mine points from a 38-athlete roster that fielded just 25 performers last season.

South Carroll's hopes depend on the sprints and throws and the maturation of 18 underclassmen.

And don't sleep on Liberty. The Lions are enjoying a revival and could benefit from a mass of athletes eager to make Liberty a contender.

Harford County

C. Milton Wright had little trouble capturing its fourth straight county championship last spring. A repeat could be in the works this season.

Despite losing Allison Barnes, the reigning Class 3A state champion in cross country, the Mustangs return a wealth of talent in the distance events and the jumps. It also helps that C. Milton Wright drew 140 athletes.

Bel Air drew enviable numbers, too, as 50 performers tried out for the team. The Bobcats will rely on their distance runners to mask a weakness in the sprints.

More competition could come from the likes of Edgewood and Fallston -- two programs that mirror each other in producing youthful, untested talent.

Howard County

The county title has resided with Long Reach for the last six years. Is a new address in store this spring?

The Lightning continues to wield its might in the sprints, relays and jumps, and first-year coach Greg Johnson is intent on maintaining that tradition.

If Long Reach has one weakness, it is the distance events -- an area that Glenelg took ownership of this past winter. The Gladiators lose Performer of the Year Chelsea Kapp to lacrosse, but can quickly reload with a number of veterans.

Mount Hebron and River Hill show promise as contenders, but consistent outings will be the key. Atholton and Reservoir are the leaders of a youth movement taking shape in the county.

Private schools

McDonogh's success in the indoor season could extend outdoors this spring.

Fresh off their win at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships this past winter, the Eagles are looking to grab their first A Conference crown this season. Youthful talent up and down the roster should fortify McDonogh's quest.

The Eagles' primary competition will come from two-time champion Bryn Mawr and defending titlist Mount de Sales -- two programs that boast depth in the distance and field events.

The B Conference title should go to Towson Catholic, which finished behind McDonogh and Bryn Mawr at the indoor championships. The addition of 10 athletes gives the Owls depth in throws and relays.

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