1. Gilman

Last season: No. 1

Postseason: MIAA champion

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Outlook: The Greyhounds lost some key performers from last year's squad that won the MIAA championship in February, but once again this is a team with a lot of depth. They can score in every area, which should make them hard to beat again this winter.

2. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: No. 2

Postseason: MIAA runner-up

Outlook: The Gaels raced to a 59-point lead over Gilman early in the MIAA title meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, but they couldn't hold it. Led by junior Landrie Hatcher and others, Mount St. Joseph is on a mission for the championship this season.

3. Old Mill

Last season: No. 3

Postseason: Tied for 7th in the Class 4A state meet

Outlook: Balance played a big part in the Patriots' seventh-place finish in the difficult Class 4A state championship meet last winter. Old Mill again brings a lot of talent to the table, including junior Nick Lefavor, who finished 11th in the 1,600 meters at the state meet.

4. Reservoir

Last season: No. 7

Postseason: 6th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: After a very good season in cross country, Reservoir looks for more success this winter. The Gators will be strong with middle distance and field events and could be a very deep team.

5. Severna Park

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: 15th in the Class 4A state meet