Junior Kelly Shearer was fourth at Barnhart and fourth in the Class 2A state championship meet.
Although Coffey and Alicia Kozlowski (10th at the 2015 Barnhart) have graduated, juniors Lillian Behan, Nicole Burkoski and Hannah Weeren and sophomore Emily Konkus look to make an early impression.
They already showed off their ability at the Baltimore County Relays Sept. 3.
"We ran our five best guys and girls in the relay and they were far and away the best girls team there," Hittner said. "They are a great group of girls. They are pretty much the defending champs of everything they went to — they won Barnhart, they won counties, they won regionals and won states, so we know they are outstanding."
Konkus was 15th in the state meet last season as a freshman and Hittner sees even more young talent on the horizon.
"We've got other girls ready to step up," Hittner said. "Four out of our top 15 girls are 10th graders."
Hittner also likes the potential of the boys squad.
"No matter where we go, either side, boys or girls, Hereford is far from a pushover team," he said. "These kids are going to work hard and they are going to race hard because they've got a lot of ability and a lot of talent."
Junior Dillon Coffey, the younger brother of Sarah Coffey, is the top returning runner for the boys.
Coffey placed 12th last season at the Class 2A state meet for the squad that finished sixth as a team.
"I think our boys are going to be really good this year," he said. "I think they are going to be very competitive at most of our invitationals and I think they are going to be competitive at the county meet."
Both individual races at the Barnhart Invitational could be very competitive.
Hereford's Wesolowski and Shearer, Dulaney's Dorrie Gaeng and Jessica Meek and Towson's Sydney Conboy and Lauren Miller should be solid threats from Baltimore County and Archbishop Spalding freshman Lacy Eden may be near the front of the pack.
Last year's girls race was won by Paint Branch's Bethlehem Taye.
Taye is now running at North Carolina State University along with 2016 Dulaney High graduate Eric Walz.
Walz won the Barnhart Invitational and the Class 4A state cross country title last year.
Dulaney juniors Matt Owens and Brian McCullough are top contenders for the Barnhart boys individual title.
"That's going to be a strong one-two punch," Dulaney coach Chad Boyle said.