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2012 Harford County cross country preview

James ButlerBill WalshEvan MooreAaron SmithMike Neal

Aberdeen

Head coaches: Kyree Edwards (boys) and Jaime White (girls)

Top prospects, boys: Christopher Banko (Sr.), Ryan Dennis (Sr.), Marquez Sloan (Sr.), Micah Dailey (Jr.)

Top prospects, girls: Olivia Webster (Sr.), Jordan Ecker (Sr.)

Outlook: "We have a great mix of returning runners and first-season competitors joining us this year," said coach Jaime White about the team of 10 boys and seven girls. The Eagles lost several runners to graduation.

Bel Air

Head coaches: Jon Andrews (boys) and Ashley Andrews (girls)

Top prospects, boys: Pat Voelker (Sr.), Roberto Ascenzi (Sr.), Chester Wrobel (Sr.), Austin Weiss (Fr.), Eric Ingram (So.), Noah Winter (Sr.), Jordan Mensh (So.), Ethan Brito (So.), Kenny Connelly (Fr.)

Top prospects, girls: Grayson Slencak (Sr.), Devon Townend (Sr.), Kelsea Hilditch (Jr.), Esther Cross (So.), Marisa Abbey (So.), Devon Davenport (So.), Megan Caudill (Sr.), Anna Puntanan (Fr.)

Outlook: The girls team lost four outstanding seniors to graduation but has a large, promising group of 43 runners with a mix of newcomers and returnees. The boys' team has what Jon Andrews describes as "another fantastic turnout" of 40 runners. The boys team should improve substantially on its seventh-place UCBAC finish of 2011.

C. Milton Wright

Head coaches: Donnie Mickey and Ray Lessnau

Top prospects, boys: Matt Hoerr (Sr.), Dan Fleming (Sr.), Brad Ensor (So.), Max Anderson (Jr.), Mike Capozzoli (Sr.), Corey Blanton (Sr.), Mike Neal (Sr.), Sam Lewis (Sr.), Ben Sigmon (Sr.)

Top prospects, girls: Megan Coughlin (Jr.), Taylor Walker (So.), Miriam Silton (Jr.), Kelley O'Neill (Jr.), Abby Fleming (Jr.), Becca Palmer (So.), Rachel Wakefield (So.), Lauren Kunkel (Sr.), Natalie Hutcheson (Jr.)

Outlook: The Mustangs perennially have quantity and quality, and this year is no exception with 43 boys and 44 girls on the team and lots of experienced returnees. Both boys' and girls' teams should be the best in Harford County. "The focus for both teams will be the end of the season," said Donnie Mickey.

Edgewood

Head coach: Megan Meinert

Top prospects, boys: Lenier Tucker (Sr.), Michael Dzambasow (Jr.), Sam Verk (Fr.). David Dzambasow (Fr.), Langston Gash (So.), Alston Johnson (Sr.).

Top prospects, girls: Kaley Barnhill (So.), Alaina Gostomski (Jr.), Zoe Russo (Jr.), Tiffany Weimer (So.).

Outlook: The Rams have 15 boys and six girls on the team as the season begins. Lenier Tucker, runner-up in the UCBAC meet last year, leads the team and is one of only two seniors. "Our goal as a team this year is to field a full squad for both girls and boys," said assistant coach Jerry Henderson.

Fallston

Head coaches: Mike Hollandworth (girls) and Leal Thompson (boys)

Top prospects, boys: Sam Burgess (Jr.), Noah Kudla (So.), Nikos Katasos (So.), Hunter Ryan (Sr.), Andrew Parks (Fr.), Dan Lekites (So.), Jake O'Neill (Jr.).

Top prospects, girls: Grace Lekites (Sr.), Kathryn Milwicz (Sr.), Fiona Puglese (Sr.), Emily Scranton (Sr.), Samatha Lewis, (Jr.), Kay Rinkers (So.), Brooke Hutton (Jr.), Claire Palmer (Jr.), Emma Freeman (Jr.)

Outlook: The girls' team is likely to improve on its 2011 record, with returning seniors and juniors bringing considerable experience to the team of 14 girls. The boys' team lost to graduation the top runners who led it to a third-place UCBAC finish last fall. Junior Sam Burgess has taken over as the pace-setter for this team of 31 boys.

Harford Tech

Head coaches: Jeff Matteson (boys) and Lauren Hoover (girls)

Top prospects, boys: Zach Armijo (Fr.), James Butler (So.), Alex Perdomo (Sr.), Austin Wright (Jr.), Hunter Lidke (Jr.), Justin Hayden (Jr.), Tyler Goulden (So.)

Top prospects, girls: Hailey Jefferson (So.), Madeline Miller (Fr.), Phoebe Steiger (So.)

Outlook: This is a year of reconstruction for the Cobras, with new coaches and several new team members among the nine boys and five girls on the roster.

Havre de Grace

Head coaches: Bill Walsh and Alex Spooner

Top prospects, boys: Braeden Ferrell (So.), Bryce Ferrell (So.), Rondez Green (Sr.), Stephen Link (So.), Branden Sofia (So.)

Top prospects, girls: Madison Bauld (Fr.), Tara Brown (Fr.), Kaitlyn Castillo (Jr.), Emily Ferrell (Fr.), Allison Grabowski (Jr.), Danielle Jankovick (Jr.), Abbigale Lyons, (Fr.), Delaney Newhart (Jr.), Martine Innicello (Jr.).

Outlook: The Ferrell twins, who ran well in their freshman track season last spring, should provide a good nucleus for the nine-member boys' team, which is young and inexperienced in cross-country. The girls team returns two from last year, and there are promising newcomers among the five team members.

John Carroll

Head coaches: Rob Torres (girls) and Michael Monaghan (boys)

Top prospects, boys: Derek Alban (Sr.), Dave Knaide (Sr.), Will Horn (Sr.), Zane van Pelt (Jr.), Will Hopkins (Jr.), Cole Alban (Jr.), Wilson Pais (Fr.), Evan Moore (Fr.)

Top prospects, girls: Rebecca Driver (Sr.), Sam Clarke (Sr.), Shannon Vinton (Sr.), Kristen Kohles (Jr.), Amanda Spaeth (Jr.), Alex Gromacki (Jr.), Elizabeth Driver (So.), Rachel Amrhein (So.), Holly Driver (Fr.), Ellie Marindin (Fr.).

Outlook: The girls team is expected to be strong even though it lost its top runners to graduation. "This year's team is going to surprise many with five new girls challenging our veterans in the top seven," said Rob Torres. There are 21 girls on the team. The boys team returns three of its top five from last year and has a promising group of newcomers among the 15 team members. The challenge will be in filling out the top five with newcomers.

Joppatowne

Head coaches: Cheryl Oricchio (boys) and Heidi Fretz (girls)

Top prospects, boys: Derien Scott (Sr.), Tyree Gibson (Sr.), Brock Hamilton (So.), Myles Hamilton (Sr.), Malik Tyler (Jr.), Michael McCray (Fr.)

Top prospect, girls: Nashae Salomon (Fr.).

Outlook: Joppatowne coaches are optimistic about the new season. "This is the first time we have had a girls' team in four years! Our team is young but determined," said Cheryl Oricchio. Derien Scott is the no. 1 runner on the boys' team, which opens the season with promising newcomers among its 10 members.

North Harford

Head coaches: Eric Benjamin and Laura O'leary

Top prospects, boys: Nick Fransham (So.), Ian Fiser (So.), Patrick O'Leary (So.), David Roloff (Sr.), Thomas Ogden (Sr.), Chris Busick (So.), Jake Creighton (Sr.), David Cordell (Sr.), Kyle Welsh (Fr.), Roy Oh (So.), Calen Dowley (Jr.)

Top prospects, girls: Megan Tidey (Jr.), Regan Davis (So.), Annie Scott (Sr.), Ellen Shephard (Jr.), Casey Welsh (Fr.), Emily Zeller (Sr.), Danielle Hurley (Jr.), Paige Rickey (Jr.), Laura Drapinski (So.) Breanna Knorr (So.).

Outlook: The Hawks have a big team, 27 girls and 38 boys, and lots of potential to improve on their 2011 conference finish. The boys' team returns its top seven and is led by Nick Fransham, a rapidly improving sophomore. Megan Tidey leads the girls' team, which has several experienced returnees.

Patterson Mill

Head coach: Al Dethlefsen

Top prospects, boys: Sam Caretti (Sr.), Aaron Smith (So.), Jason Noss (Sr.), Lawrence Nyanzi (Jr.), Alex Marconi (Jr.), Ken Ikemoto (Fr.), Stephen Hody (So.), Jake Nikkila (So.).

Top prospects, girls: Steph McCartney (Sr.), Samantha Herman (So.), Kayla Ricks (Sr.), Jess Benson (Sr.), Nikki Iacaruso (So.), Emily Regester (Fr.), Lindsey Petty (Jr.).

Outlook: Leading the girls' team is one of the top runners in the UCBAC, Steph McCartney, but the team is rebuilding its depth, having lost several to graduation. Most of the 13 girls on the roster are newcomers. Senior Sam Caretti leads the pack of 22 on the boys' team, which made the state meet in its first season in Class 2A last year.

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