Outlook: In the fall, the Bruins finished in third place in the Class 4A cross country state championship. If they can use that strength in distance running, led by Ellie Smith, and perform well in relays, they could have a strong indoor campaign.

6. Severna Park

Last season: No. 7

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Postseason: 10th in the Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Falcons again will have depth in the distance races and relays this season, but it remains to be seen if they will have enough to compete in the big meets.

7. Mount Hebron

Last season: No. 6

Postseason: Tied for 3rd in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: Although the Vikings will be missing a few of their best performers from last season's squad, Rachel Yep should help them to continue their success. If some of the younger runners can step up, the team should enjoy the winter.

8. Chesapeake-AA

Last season: No. 8

Postseason: 11th in the Class 4A state meet

Outlook: Like the other teams in Anne Arundel County ranked above them, the Cougars will score points from different spots this season. The question is whether they'll have enough depth to be successful throughout the year.

9. Milford Mill

Last season: No. 4

Postseason: 2nd in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Millers lost top scorers Racquel Moses and Mykael Dixon to graduation, and they might need some time for the lineup to come together. Still, like normal, they'll be strong in sprints and relays.

10. Dulaney

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: Tied for 15th in the Class 4A state meet

Outlook: Distance running should be Dulaney's strong point. Isabel Griffith is expected to anchor that group. If the Lions keep scoring in that area, points in relays will also come for them.

Others considered: Archbishop Spalding (unranked), Northwestern (No. 9), Oakland Mills (unranked), Western Tech (unranked)