Boys cross country: Top 10 preseason poll

August 27, 2012|By Jeff Seidel | For The Baltimore Sun

1. Hereford

Last season: No. 2

Outlook: The Bulls have a solid core group led by Jonathan Luckin. They'll be trying to repeat as state champions and their depth will be tough for other teams to overcome.

2. Severna Park

Last season: No. 4

Outlook: Severna Park, like Hereford, has a group of good runners returning. The Falcons will have a number of tough races in Anne Arundel County this season, but they'll be ready.

3. Loyola

Last season: No. 1

Outlook: The Dons' situation is somewhat uncertain due to the unclear status of some key runners. They still have enough depth, however, to compete for a fourth straight MIAA title.

4. Chesapeake-AA

Last season: No. 6

Outlook: Junior Alex Love leads the returning runners for Chesapeake. However, the Cougars will face a tough schedule that should prepare them for the difficult postseason races.

5. Gilman

Last season: No. 5

Outlook: The Greyhounds lost Will Meadows from last year's team, but Sam Zunkeler should fill the void. Gilman's depth is the big concern.

6. Winters Mill

Last season: No. 3

Outlook: Weston Carvalho needs to lead the team during the early season schedule. The Falcons have good runners, but they won't be as deep as last fall.

7. Annapolis

Last season: No. 9

Outlook: Hale Bullen is expected to have a successful season, but the Panthers could be improve as a team. Other runners might make Annapolis tougher this year.

8. Wilde Lake

Last season: No. 8

Outlook: Tim Virostek excelled in cross country and track last year. If he runs well and gets help from other runners, the Wildecats could have a nice season.

9. River Hill

Last season: No. 10

Outlook: Chris Heydrick will be one of the leaders for the Hawks, and this is a team that always has a bunch of good runners. They should be in the hunt again in Howard County and postseason races.

10. John Carroll

Last season: unranked

Outlook: A group of good runners is coming together at John Carroll this season. If they jell, the Patriots could make some noise in the MIAA.

Others considered: Broadneck, Century, Dulaney, Oakland Mills

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