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Girls track and field preseason poll

1. McDonogh

Last season: ranked No. 1

Postseason: Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champions

Outlook: The Eagles will once again score points all over the place, thanks in part to their depth. They will again be tough to beat, especially in smaller meets.

2. Milford Mill

Last season: ranked No. 4

Postseason: third in Class 3A

Outlook: The Millers just missed winning an indoor title, falling one-half point short of the Class 3A championship. They're very strong in sprints and relays, thanks to Toni Brown and others.

3. South River

Last season: not ranked

Postseason: 31st in Class 4A

Outlook: The Seahawks are vastly improved and won the Class 4A state title indoors. The biggest question will be how well their depth holds up in the bigger outdoor meets.

4. Hereford

Last season: ranked No. 8

Postseason: Class 3A finalist

Outlook: The Bulls dropped down to Class 2A, and this spring's team is both young and talented across the board. They struggled at the indoor state championship meet, but could rebound outdoors.

5. Severna Park

Last season: not ranked

Postseason: 14th in Class 4A

Outlook: The Falcons are always tough in distance. More points in other places will help in the difficult Class 4A.

6. Western Tech

Last season: ranked No. 7

Postseason: Class 1A finalist

Outlook: The move to Class 2A this year didn't bother the Wolverines, as they won the state title indoors. Sharon Dorsey and Rebeka Holt are two of the area's top track athletes, and they'll lead the way.

7. Liberty

Last season: ranked No. 2

Postseason: tied for third in Class 2A

Outlook: Sarah Rinehart is a solid distance runner who can find points in many ways and should help lead the Lions. They also should score in different parts of the lineup.

8. Dulaney

Last season: ranked No. 10

Postseason: 11th in Class 4A

Outlook: They've had a lot of success this year, thanks in large part to Isabel Griffth winning a state title in cross country and indoor track. Can the Lions do more this spring?

9. Reservoir

Last season: ranked No. 9

Postseason: 14th in Class 3A

Outlook: After finishing third in the state (Class 3A) indoor championship, Reservoir should keep rolling. Karli Smiraglia won two state titles indoors to help.

10. Franklin

Last season: not ranked

Postseason: 16th in Class 3A

Outlook: The Indians have the state's top pole vaulter in Olivia Gruver, an indoor state champion. If they are able to find more points from different spots, it could be a good season.

Other teams considered: Long Reach, Maryvale, Pikesville, River Hill

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