Girls track and field: The poll

Sun staff

1. McDonoghLast season // Ranked No. 1

Outlook // The Eagles again should have a team with talent and depth. They've had trouble in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland indoor title meet the past two years, losing close contests to Seton Keough, but the way McDonogh can compile points makes it a tough team to beat outdoors.

2. Seton KeoughLast season // No. 5

Outlook // Erin Brooks will carry a huge load, just as she did indoors. But Seton Keough will need more points from Colleen Shea and others on a consistent basis to be one of the area's best.

3. WesternLast season // No. 3

Outlook // The Doves again have a strong group of sprinters and relay teams, but do they have enough to compete at the state and regional level?

4. HerefordLast season // No. 8

Outlook // Despite losing Kristen Malloy - she moved out of town during the indoor season - the Bulls have plenty of talent remaining thanks to Jenna Cimino, Marta Randall and others, something they showed with impressive performances in the bigger indoor meets.

5. AnnapolisLast season // No. 9

Outlook // Torrie Saunders plays a big role for the Panthers in sprints, but they can also score points in other places. They'll need that help to have a shot at regional and state titles.

6. MeadeLast season // unranked

Outlook // The Mustang boys are the team most look at first when it comes to track and field at this school, but don't forget about the girls. Anna Grimes and others helped the Mustangs with a strong indoor season.

7. Western TechLast season // unranked

Outlook // This is one of the area's fastest developing teams. Coming off a very strong indoor season, Western Tech appears poised to make some noise outdoors this spring.

8. Digital HarborLast season // No. 7

Outlook // Alyssa McClure continues to give the Rams lots of key points and makes them competitive in big meets. And the team appears to be developing more talent that will help in outdoor competition.

9. Loch RavenLast season // unranked

Outlook // Kathryn Franke is coming off a strong indoor season in which the Raiders finished second in the state. The big concern is whether they will be as deep in the spring, when some of the girls play lacrosse and other sports.

10. Long ReachLast season // unranked

Outlook // Sprinting is the key for the Lightning. Funmi Alabi and others spark Long Reach, and points from distances and field events could make it a tougher team in the spring.

Also considered // Howard (unranked), Mervo (unranked), North Carroll (No. 6), South Carroll (unranked), Wilde Lake (unranked)

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