Overall, according to Rogers, Reservoir is working on strength and hills.

"I am definitely pushing this year's cross country team harder than I have pushed other teams in the past. I think they are ready for the challenge and thus far they have done nothing but impress me," Rogers said.

The Gators have 55 runners this fall.

Inivtationals: Adidas Cross Country Challenge, Bull Run, Southern Bulldog and Doc Jones.

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River Hill

Boys to watch: Seniors Sean Salisbury and Kaede Johnson; juniors Terry Tossman and Dominic Mandile; sophomore Chris Heydrick.

Girls to watch: Seniors Angelica Yi and Kelly Maloney; junior Rebecca Andersen; sophomores Allison Krein, Courtney Colosimo and Elizabeth Oldhouser; freshman Eileen Ying.

The scoop: "We have a large dedicated group of runners who will push each other to be the best that they can be," said River Hill boys coach Paul Hugus. "We are a fairly young team as well, so if we are able to get some good runners established we should be able to be even better in the next few years."

River Hill's boys won the county title last year and would like to repeat. "If we can get the spread from 1-5 to be even smaller, we will be very competitive at meets," Hugus said.

He has 55 runners on his team.

The River Hill girls have depth but need to work on the pack mentality.

There are 35 girls on the squad. Yi finished 13th in the state last fall.

"It's a good mixture of youth and experience," said girls coach Earl Lauer of his 35-runner squad, which is the defending county champion.

Invitationals: Interstate, William & Mary, Bull Run, Frank Keyser (Boonesboro) and Scorpion Crawl.

Wilde Lake

Boys to watch: Seniors Tim Virostek, Anthony Rizzi and David Smart; sophomores Joseph Keating, Jared Golian, Matt Aubin and Eric Smart.

Girls to watch: Juniors Kate McHale, Ilana Malkin and Maranda Judd; sophomore Marina Chang; freshmen Brenda Rosas and Julia Orloff.

The scoop: Although Virostek, last year's Runner of the Year, returns, the Wilde Lake boys team took a graduation hit, losing four of its top seven runners. There are 16 boys out for this year's team. Of the newcomers, six are freshmen and two are juniors.

"We will obviously be led by Tim Virostek and our challenge is to strengthen our 2-7 runners to a higher competitive level," said boys coach Whitty Bass.

The Wilde Lake girls' team has a nice balance of new runners that have potential to go along with the seasoned veterans.