The Polls

August 30, 2006

Boys

1. Loyola

Last season: Ranked No. 1

2. Broadneck

Last season: No. 2

3. Atholton

Last season: No. 5

4. Wilde Lake

Last season: No. 3

5. Dulaney

Last season: No. 9

6. River Hill

Last season: No. 6

7. Liberty

Last season: No. 4

8. Arch. Spalding

Last season: unranked

9. Arch. Curley

Last season: unranked

10. Bel Air

Last season: unranked

Other teams considered: Calvert Hall, Towson, Mount St. Joseph

Girls

1. Dulaney

Last season: Ranked No. 1

2. Severna Park

Last season: No. 3

3. Hereford

Last season: No. 4

4. Seton Keough

Last season: No. 8

5. C. Milton Wright

Last season: No. 2

6. River Hill

Last season: No. 5

7. Broadneck

Last season: No. 6

8. John Carroll

Last season: No. 9

9. Towson

Last season: No. 10

10. Notre Dame Prep

Last season: unranked

Other teams considered: Archbishop Spalding, Atholton, Bel Air, South River, Westminster.

runners to watch

boys

J.P. Allera

Wilde Lake

The junior will try to help the Wildecats defend their Class 3A state title, which he helped them win with a fourth-place finish in that race. He was second in the regional meet.

Erik Anderson

Archbishop Curley

The senior is coming off a solid summer of training and racing that has other area coaches talking, and that follows a good junior year in which he finished eighth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference race.

Graham Bazell

Atholton

Expectations are high for the sophomore after he finished second in the Class 2A state meet last season, right behind teammate Andrew Revelle.

Matthew Centrowitz

Broadneck

The senior will try to win his third straight Class 4A state title and help the Bruins capture their third consecutive state championship.

Anders Hulleberg

Park

He is looking to improve on a big junior season in which he took fourth place in the MIAA A Conference championship race and sixth in the large schools division at the state private schools meet.

Greg Jubb

Loyola

The junior will combine with teammate Ryan Stasiowski to give the Dons one of the area's top 1-2 punches. Jubb took seventh in last year's MIAA A Conference championship and is ready for bigger things this fall.

Dwight Parker

Woodlawn

The Baltimore County Runner of the Year as a junior has been one of the area's top distance runners throughout his career. Parker won a regional title last year but missed the state meet due to a family vacation.

Andrew Revelle

Atholton

The Howard County Runner of the Year and an All-Metro selection as a junior, Revelle won county, regional and state titles last season.

Ryan Stasiowski

Loyola

Opposing teams are going to have a tough time dealing with the senior and teammate Greg Jubb. Stasiowski took third at last year's MIAA A Conference meet.

Rob Wetzel

Archbishop Spalding

The senior finished second in the MIAA A Conference race last year and again is expected to lead the way for Spalding.

Other notables

Milo Barry, Digital Harbor; Jeremy Buyer, Broadneck; Devon Gillette, Hammond; Grisha Iventichev, Friends; Derek Lange, Wilde Lake; Eric Liberatore, Liberty; Andrew Mahone, Bel Air; Brendan McKinney, Calvert Hall; Tom Meyer, Mount St. Joseph; Chris Moody, South River; Cory Pfarr, North Harford; Vince Walsh, Dulaney; Jared Welsh, Francis Scott Key.

runners to watch

girls

Sara Bailey

C. Milton Wright

Last year's Harford County Runner of the Year was a Class 4A North and Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference champion as a sophomore.

Brittany Furst

John Carroll

As a junior, Furst captured the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference title and large schools crown at the state private schools championships.

Kate Harman

River Hill

The sophomore will look to build on her runner-up finishes in the Howard County, Class 3A East and Class 3A state championships.

Kelsey Hill

Severna Park

Only a hip injury slowed Hill last year during her freshman season, which she started with four straight meet victories and ended with Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year honors.

Katie Hursey

North Carroll

The All-Metro Runner of the Year in 2005 will be shooting for her second straight Class 3A state championship as a senior.

Liya Kasimova

Severna Park

Kasimova, a junior. is coming off a season in which she placed third at the Anne Arundel County championships and was named second-team All-Metro.

Emma Larkin

Dulaney

The junior should be a force after taking third in both the Baltimore County and Class 4A North championships, and 10th in the Elite Division of the Bull Run.

Kristen Malloy

Hereford

Malloy showed off her vast potential last season by winning the Class 2A North regional and finishing third at the state championships as a freshman.

Alison Smith

Atholton

A Class 2A state champion last year, the senior will try to make history this fall as the first runner to win four straight Howard County championships.

Tait Woodward

Broadneck

As a junior last season, Woodward was the highest local finisher at the Class 4A state meet, placing fifth.

Other notables

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