1. MeadeLast season // Ranked No.1
Outlook // The Mustangs are loaded. They won the Class 4A outdoor state title last spring, and with the addition of top sprinter Justin Murdock captured the Class 3A indoor state crown this winter. They have a solid core of athletes who can score points in sprints, relays and field events - a combination that's tough to beat.
2.Mount St. JosephLast season // unranked
Outlook // Once again, the Gaels have plenty of talent. Athletes like Dorian Johnson and others make the Gaels a tough team to get past in any meet.
3. PolyLast season // No. 6
Outlook // For those who thought the Engineers might have been a fluke last year, guess again. Coach Steve Williams has helped build a solid program that uses good athletes all over the place and won the Class 2A indoor title this winter.
4. GilmanLast season // No. 4
Outlook // The Greyhounds always boast plenty of talent in their lineup. Jabulani Blyden is versatile and will give Gilman points this year, but the team appears a bit thinner this spring, which could make things tougher for it in the big meets.
5. LoyolaLast season // No. 2
Outlook // The Dons don't have quite as much depth or experience - especially in distance races - as in years past, but they're still going to be one of the area's top teams. Joe Orsulak has developed into one of the area's top runners.
6. Calvert HallLast season // unranked
Outlook // There's plenty of strength in the distance races thanks to Anthony Rowe and Chris Swisko. The Cardinals also have the consistency of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association indoor champion Pat Boyle in the shot put.
7. Western TechLast season // unranked
Outlook // Jermol Dix (sprints) and Chris Mills (distances) give Western Tech good balance. If it can keep improving, it will be among the top teams in the regional and state meets.
8. HowardLast season // No. 3
Outlook // Howard stumbled a bit indoors, but the Lions should have a good shot at winning a third consecutive Class 2A state title outdoors. Joey Thompson should lead the way. He's one of the state's top distance runners .
9. Digital HarborLast season // No. 5
Outlook // After winning the Class 1A indoor state title, the Rams are looking for more in the spring. Paced by Anthony Drumgoole, Angelo Diggs and others, Digital Harbor knows how to get points in big meets, something it has proved over the past two seasons.
10. GlenelgLast season // unranked
Outlook // The Gladiators did well in distances (led by Connor Pencek) and relays in the state meet, taking third overall in Class 1A. If they can fare as well in the spring, they'll be near the top of all the tough meets.
Also considered // Francis Scott Key (unranked), Hereford (unranked), Mount Hebron (unranked), River Hill (unranked), South Carroll (unranked)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun