1. McDonogh

Last season: No. 1

Postseason: IAAM champion

Outlook: The Eagles now have won five straight IAAM titles, and they'll be hard to stop this year. The formula remains the same: lots of depth and talent — too much for most other teams to deal with.

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2. Hereford

Last season: No. 2

Postseason: Class 3A state champion

Outlook: Much like McDonogh, it's all about depth and talent. Hereford's got plenty of both, such as state champion Sarah Ashwood, and the Bulls move down from Class 3A to 2A this year.

3. Liberty

Last season: No. 3

Postseason: Class 2A state runner-up

Outlook: The Lions have a lot of good underclassmen who can give them points all over the place. Liberty and Hereford could battle for the state title.

4. Dulaney

Last season: No. 6

Postseason: 15th in Class 4A

Outlook: Isabel Griffith won a state title in cross country, and her improvement should give the Lions a push. Dulaney, with lots of talent, could be well-rounded.

5. South River

Last season: No. 4

Postseason: Ninth in Class 4A

Outlook: The Seahawks are stuck again in a tough region and class, one of the most competitive in the state. Still, they have plenty of talent to find success again.