1. Severna Park
Last season: ranked No. 1
Postseason: Class 4A state champion
Outlook: Seniors Rhys Burgett and Ryan Forsyth headline a strong group of returning runners for the Falcons team that won the Class 4A state title last fall.
Last season: No. 3
Postseason: MIAA A Conference champion
Outlook: Senior Tyler Spear and Junior Michael Wegner will lead the Dons as they seek a fifth straight MIAA championship. It’ll be tough for anyone to beat Loyola this fall.
Last season: No. 9
Postseason: Seventh in Class 3A state title meet
Outlook: Coach Phil Rogers’ Gators feature a balanced group this season, giving them the depth they’ll need to contend in Howard County.
Last season: No. 5
Postseason: Third in Class 3A state title meet
Outlook: Senior Alec Font returns for the Eagles, who placed third at the Class 3A state title meet last year and will look to fly higher this fall.
Last season: Unranked
Postseason: 13th in Class 4A state title meet
Outlook: After struggling last fall, the Lions have a solid lineup — led by junior Adolfo Carvalho and sophomore Eric Walz — that should help them fare better this year.