2017 Girls Cross Country Top 10 Poll

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1. Hereford

Last season: No. 1

Postseason: Class 2A state champion

Outlook: The Bulls are returning three of their top four runners who placed at the Class 2A state meet last season. They lost top finisher Kelly Wesolowski to graduation but should be deep with talent this year, eyeing county and state championships.

2. River Hill

Last season: No. 4

Postseason: Second in Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Hawks have two county titles and two regional titles within the past three years and are projected to make another strong showing this year. Look for the Hawks to be challenged by Centennial at the county level and Hereford at the state level.

3. Maryvale Prep

Last season: No. 10

Postseason: IAAM A Conference champion

Outlook: The Lions are the two-time reigning IAAM A Conference champions and coach Jason Miller said that the team is looking to keep competing at a high level. The Lions’ top two to six runners last season return and are aiming for a three-peat.

4. Broadneck

Last season: No. 5

Postseason: Third in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Bruins earned victories at the Anne Arundel County title meet and the 4A East Region meet last season. Look for them to be in championship contention again with a talented group of athletes.

5. Dulaney

Last season: No. 2

Postseason: Fourth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The defending Baltimore County champions return with a strong corps to contend once again. Look for senior Dorrie Gang and junior Brooke Ruffin to lead the Lions this season.

6. Severna Park

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: Fifth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: A solid group of runners returns to fill the Seahawks’ depth this season, including six of the team’s top seven. Severna Park took second at the Anne Arundel County championship meet and the 4A West Region meet before topping off their season with a fifth-place finish at the 4A state meet.

7. Centennial

Last season: No. 3

Postseason: Fourth in Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Eagles return six of their top seven runners from last year’s team that took fourth place at the 3A state meet. Coach Kevin McCoy said that keeping the consistency of the course is one of the team’s main goals this season.

8. C. Milton Wright

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: Third in Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Mustangs return another experienced team, led by reigning 3A state champion Haley Cummins. C. Milton Wright captured the Harford County title and raced to second- and third-place finishes at the 3A North Region and 3A state championship meets.

9. Archbishop Spalding

Last season: Not ranked

Postseason: Second in IAAM A Conference meet

Outlook: The Cavaliers return with many of their top runners from last season, including sophomores Lacey Eden and Allysa Combs. The duo finished first and third, respectively, at the IAAM A Conference meet to help the team place second last season.

10. South River

Last season: No. 9

Postseason: 12th in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Seahawks are coming off a third-place finish at last year’s county championship meet and won the 4A East Region title. A strong core of experienced runners return, led by seniors Simone Evans, Hannah McGlynn and Pamela O’Brien.

Others considered: Century, Liberty, Marriotts Ridge, Mount Hebron, Towson, Winters Mill

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