Boys to watch: Seniors Adam Sachs, Eric Segev and Danny Schofield; juniors Alec Font, Andrew Durkee and Griffin Riddler.
Girls to watch: Juniors Alyssa Taylor and Kari Dunagan; sophomore Shreya Nalubola; freshmen Devin McIntyre and Ally Driscoll.
The scoop: Centennial's boys look to be much improved over the last few seasons. "I believe we will finish high in invitationals and should be in the top four in the county," said coach Al Dodds.
He has 75 boys on the team and many are new runners. "A few are varsity-caliber runners without varsity experience," Dodds said. Some of the freshmen have potential, he added.
The Eagles are working on getting a better start and staying in a tighter pack through the first half of the race. "The time spread from our No. 1 through No. 7 will be much closer this season," Dodds said.
The Centennial girls are fielding a team of 40 that is an experienced group. Most were on varsity either last year or the past two years.
"We have a deep team," said coach Kevin McCoy. "There are nine girls that are potential varsity runners."
McCoy said his team is a "very driven group that has a lot of potential."
Look for the Centennial girls to be much improved from last year.
Invitationals: Interstate (Clear Spring), Bull Run, Barnhart (Dulaney), Doc Jones and Georgetown Prep.
Boys to watch:
Seniors Danny Facchina and Dylan McDaniel; junior Sural Ranamukhaarachchi; sophomore Garrett Birsa; freshman Toby Dilworth.
Girls to watch: Seniors Demi Fortsen and Hannah Cash; juniors Julianna Boswell and Samantha Biegel; sophomore Julia Nardone.
The scoop: The season is just starting, but the Gladiators are already pointing toward November.
"Our main goal is to continue our tradition of both teams qualifying for states and then for each individual to run their best race of the season at states," said coach Steve Ruckert.
"The top five on the girls' team are all returning letter winners. The boys' strength is their tremendous depth, which we hope will have a trickle down effect on the top five positions," Ruckert said. Officially, he's the girls coach, but Glenelg goes with a team-coaching method. Phil Johnson and Roger Volrath are the Gladiators' other two coaches.
There are 76 runners on the team (27 girls and 49 boys).
Invitationals: Interstate, Gunpowder (North Harford), Prince George's Invitational and Southern Bulldog.