Boys track and field preseason poll

  • Centennial's Alec Font
Centennial's Alec Font (Brian Krista / Patuxent…)
March 16, 2014|By Jeff Seidel | For The Baltimore Sun

1. McDonogh

Last season: Ranked No. 2

Postseason: Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champions

Outlook: The Eagles improved in the second half of the indoor season and won the MIAA title. They have depth and talent in just about every part of their lineup.

2. Gilman

Last season: Ranked No. 7

Postseason: MIAA finalist

Outlook: The Greyhounds are another very deep MIAA team. Gilman has the talent to get past McDonogh — the question is whether it can do it in the title meet.

3. Century

Last season: Ranked No. 1

Postseason: Class 2A state champions

Outlook: The Knights aren't quite as tough as last year's state title team, especially because of the graduation of Julian Woods. Still, they'll score plenty in field events and be effective again.

4. Severna Park

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: 10th in Class 4A

Outlook: Ryan Forsyth has been unbeatable in distance races in the past year — a big reason the Falcons have been so strong.

5. Long Reach

Last season: Ranked No. 5

Postseason: Class 2A finalist

Outlook: The Lightning won the Class 3A state title this winter thanks to speed and depth. If Long Reach can get similar performances outdoors, it will have a fun spring.

6. Digital Harbor

Last season: Ranked No. 6

Postseason: Third in Class 3A

Outlook: The Rams had a great season indoors before surprisingly fading at the state championship meet. Still, they can score in sprints and relays, and could be tough.

7. Centennial

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: Tied for ninth in Class 3A

Outlook: Indoor track brought the Eagles a second-place finish in Class 2A. Alec Font (distance) has been strong all year, but Centennial need more this spring.

8. Atholton

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: 23rd in Class 3A

Outlook: The Raiders found points in running and field events during a good indoor season. They could be even better outdoors, if that balance continues.

9. Reservoir

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: 13th in Class 3A

Outlook: The Gators are solid in field events. Scoring more points in more running events will give them a boost, especially in tougher meets.

10. Howard

Last season: No. 8

Outlook: The Lions moved up to Class 4A for the indoor season and took seventh in the tough state championship meet. They have the balance to make some noise outdoors.

Other teams considered: Hereford, Loyola, Pikesville, River Hill

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