Outlook: The Falcons should be loaded with distance and relay runners after winning the Class 4A state championship in cross country last month. If they can find more success in sprints and field events this winter, it could be a big season.

6. Digital Harbor

Last season: No. 4

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Postseason: Tied for 4th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Rams should get a lot of help from senior George Flaviano in the 300 meters and relay events. If Digital Harbor can get more points from other spots, they'll make noise throughout the season.

7. Century

Last season: No. 9

Postseason: 4th in the Class 2A state meet

Outlook: Julian Woods should carry the Knights this winter, and they will be one of the better teams if they're able to support the senior with points in other events.

8. Hereford

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: 11th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Bulls' versatility is crucial as they prepare for the upcoming season. With Kevin Payne, Jon Luckin and others returning, Hereford won't have to rely on just one area for points this winter.

9. Wilde Lake

Last season: No. 5

Postseason: Tied for 4th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Wildecats again have good distance runners this winter, led by senior Tim Virostek. They can also use that strength to produce points in relays, something all good teams need in track.

10. McDonogh

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: 4th in the MIAA

Outlook: The girls have gotten most of the track publicity at McDonogh recently, but the boys are stronger this year. Mikey Singer is one of the area's best distance runners, and the Eagles also should do better in relays and field events.

Others considered: Chesapeake-AA (unranked), Francis Scott Key (No. 8), Northwestern (No. 10), River Hill (unranked)