Polls

Boys Track And Field

March 15, 2006

1. McDonogh -- Last season: ranked No. 5 -- Outlook: The Eagles aren't deep, but they boast perhaps the best one-two punch in the area in senior sprinter and hurdler Keith Brown and jumper Jason Gross. McDonogh, which captured its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title in 2003, could add crown No. 2 this May.

2. Mount St. Joseph -- Last season: unranked --Outlook: The Gaels have claimed more MIAA championships (six) than any other program, but if No. 7 is in the works, they must overcome a disappointing third-place result in the conference's indoor track and field championship meet. Then again, Mount St. Joseph annually boasts the highest number of tryouts.

3. Gilman -- Last season: No. 4 -- Outlook: Should McDonogh or Mount St. Joseph slip, the defending MIAA champion Greyhounds will be more than ready to assume the top spot. Gilman will cultivate points from its corps of middle- and long-distance runners, but its main strength is in the field.

4. Archbishop Curley -- Last season: No. 6 -- Outlook: Hunger is what drives the Friars, who -despite a long tradition of excellence in track and field - have never won an MIAA title in outdoor track and field. They can build enough points in the jumps, throws and pole vault to be a threat this spring.

5. Atholton -- Last season: unranked -- Outlook: Momentum from the indoor track team's Class 3A-2A state championship could propel the Raiders from last year's fourth-place finish at the Class 2A outdoor meet. Atholton will flex its muscles in the distance and sprints and could add more points from a solid group of jumpers.

6. Liberty -- Last season: unranked -- Outlook: Atholton's greatest challenge will likely come from the Lions, who claimed the Carroll County and Class 2A-1A West regional crowns this past winter before placing second at the state meet. Liberty's fate will depend on its depth in the sprints and middle- and long-distance races.

7. Mervo -- Last season: No. 2 -- Outlook: Graduation took a toll on the Mustangs, who won the Class 3A state championship last spring - the school's first state title since 1997. Mervo's past strength in the field events has moved to the track, where the Mustangs can mine points in the sprints and middle-distance races.

8. Broadneck -- Last season: unranked -- Outlook: The Bruins have relied on the legs of Matthew Centrowitz and Matt Llano to rack up points in the middle- and long-distance runs. But if Broadneck harbors any hope of bringing home the school's first Anne Arundel County crown in outdoor track, the team must find more production elsewhere.

9. Arundel -- Last season: unranked -- Outlook: The Wildcats boast quick sprinters, strong relay squads and athletic jumpers. Unlike county rival Broadneck, Arundel is no stranger to Anne Arundel County championships, but the school's last title was in 1975.

10. Long Reach -- Last season: unranked -- Outlook: The addition of the long and triple jumps to outdoor competition benefits the Lightning, which is stacked in the jumps. Throw in depth in the sprints and points from the relays and throws, and a second straight Howard County crown is likely for Long Reach.

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