Girls cross country: Top 10 preseason poll

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

1. Hereford

Last season: No. 1

Outlook: The Bulls, led by Sara Carter and Erin Causey, are searching for their third straight state championship. With a deep team, the chances of that happening are good.

2. Broadneck

Last season: No. 5

Outlook: This season could be fun for the Bruins, who have a group of good runners coming back. Sophomore Erin Dougherty will help lead the way for a team that will improve this year.

3. Archbishop Spalding

Last season: No. 3

Outlook: The Cavaliers are going to be tough to beat in the IAAM again this year. Like Broadneck, they have a bunch of strong runners returning and should have a good chance at repeating as champions.

4. Dulaney

Last season: No. 4

Outlook: Isabel Griffith, coming off a strong sophomore season, will lead the Lions. She's going to anchor the Baltimore County team, which should fare well again this season.

5. Liberty

Last season: No. 9

Outlook: Liberty won the state title in outdoor track, and the Lions have a number of quality young runners. If they keep improving, Liberty could find similar success in cross country.

6. South Carroll

Last season: No. 8

Outlook: Samantha Bingaman will be the top runner for the Cavaliers this fall. With plenty of talented runners around her, the Cavaliers should do well again.

7. Century

Last season: No. 7

Outlook: The Knights won the Class 2A state title by one point last year but lose their top two runners. Still, there are other young runners who helped out last year and should do the same this season.

8. River Hill

Last season: No. 10

Outlook: The Hawks finished second in the state in Class 3A last year and lost their top runner. But if the younger runners on the team can step up, River Hill will be among the best again.

9. Severna Park

Last season: No. 2

Outlook: The Falcons lost most of their top runners from last year's team, but coach Ed Purpura's group of girls always seems to find a way to be in the hunt for a state championship.

10. C. Milton Wright

Last season: unranked

Outlook: The Mustangs will rely on a group of underclassmen who ran well last season. If they can improve, the team should return to where they've been in previous years.

Others considered: Glenelg, Mount Hebron, Reservoir, Bel Air

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