Joppatowne

Coaches: Cheryl Oricchio and Heidi Fretz

Outlook: The Mariners are rebuilding, having lost their top three boys to graduation.

North Harford


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Coaches: Eric Benjamin and Laura O'Leary

Top prospects, boys: Nick Fransham, Jr.; Patrick O'Leary, Jr.; Ian Fiser, Jr.; Calen Dowley, Sr.; Justin Asch, Sr.

Top prospects, girls: Megan Tidey, Sr.; Regan Davis, Jr.; Logan Furness, Jr.; Ellen Shephard, Sr.; Paige Rickey, Sr.; Valeria Taylor, Fr.

Outlook: Last year, the Hawks raced to their best conference finish since 1986, winning both boys' and girls' individual crowns and the girls' team title. The two individual winners, Nick Fransham and Megan Tidey, return to defend their crowns. Also returning are three of the top seven who won the girls' team title and the complete team that took second in the boys' race. There are 29 girls and 28 boys on the team.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Al Dethlefsen. Boys coach: Matt Provonche. Girls coach: Megan Keenan.

Top prospects, boys: Aaron Smith, Jr; Lawrence Swartz, Sr; George Roros, Sr; Jake Nikkila, Jr; Alex Marconi, Sr; Ken Ikemoto, So; Stephen Hody, Jr; Noah Holloway, So; Logan Hardy, So; Evan Daniels, Jr.

Top prospect, girls: Nina Scher, So; Grace Scheler, Jr; Emily Regester, So; Lindsey Petty, Sr; Maddy Novad, Jr; Nicki Lacaruso, Jr; Samantha Herman, Jr; Reilly Donovan, Jr; Olivia Chapman, Jr; Bailey Chapman, Fr.

Outlook: Both teams lost their No. 1 runners to graduation. Among the 14 girls on the roster, almost half are newcomers. Four of the top seven boys return. Aaron Smith and Ken Ikemoto are the leaders among the 26 boys on the team.