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Century

Coach: Tony Griner, 9th year

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Next meet: Friday at Warrior Invite (HCC), 4

Key losses: Nick Neral, Matt Kane, Owen Thomas Andrew Wineke, Noah Wolcott

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Key returners: Brandon Brown, junior sprints, Kyle Bryant, junior pole vault; Seth Jacobs, senior pole vault; Devin Naylon, senior shot put; Sean Renehan, junior distance; Elijah Richardson, senior high jump; Henry Seabrook, junior sprints, Jacob Spera, junior distance; Alex Stefanick, senior high jump; Chris Yanchoris, sophomore distance; JR Yankowski, sophomore shot put.

Outlook: Griner said via email the Knights are "defending history," as in six consecutive county championships, but they'll have to replace half of a state champion 3,200 relay team and a state champ pole vaulter, among others. Jacobs, Renehan and Yanchoris were second-team all-county picks last year.

Francis Scot Key

Coach: Juan Cortez, 3rd year

Next meet: Dec. 21 at Freddie Hendricks Relays (Baltimore Armory)

Key losses: Brian Edwards, Anthony Drake, Jason Mwange, Jonathan Thomas.

Key returners: Matt Alder, senior shot put; Fru Bayelle, sophomore sprints/jumps; Ryan Rippeon, senior distance; Evan Ruhl, junior distance; Emanuel Ruth, senior distance.

Outlook: The Eagles lost a point-scoring machine in Thomas, who won the 55 dash at counties and also threw shot and did long jump and triple jump. But Cortez said via email FSK should have strong relays and has Rippeon coming off a solid cross country season.

Liberty

Coaches: Amanda Milewski, 2nd year; Donnie Richmond, 7th year

Next meet: Saturday at Howard Co. Invite (PG Sportsplex), 9 a.m.

Key losses: Drew Johnson, Peter Milewski, Chad Sussman, Kieran White.

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Key returners: Ben Carroll, senior; Josh Cabaniss, senior; Nygel Foster, senior; Luca Pagni, senior; Alec Pelliccotti, junior; Ethan Werner, junior.

Outlook: The Lions' strength lies in the field, Richmond said via email, with three potential 40-foot throwers in the shot put along with improvement in pole vault. Plus, Liberty's distance runners should provide a good core to get team points, Richmond said, but Milewski and Sussman were first-team all-county picks last season.

Manchester Valley

Coach: Rick Eckhardt, 1st year

Next meet: Dec. 18 at Dwight Scott Invite (HCC), 4

Key loss: Nathan Gill, Zach Scott.

Key returners: Luca Artista, senior; James Walsh, junior.

Outlook: "We are a young team in transition," Eckhardt said via email, and he's right — the Mavericks totaled 17 points at last year's county meet (seventh place) and lost their top point-getter in Gill, a state champion high jumper. Artista ran distance a year ago, and Walsh pitched in on relays and jumps.

North Carroll

Coach: Jim MacDonald, 17th year

Next meet: Friday at Warrior Invite (HCC), 4

Key losses: Connor Masteran, JT Weitzel.

Key returners: AJ Jackson, sophomore distance; Adam Melville, sophomore sprints; Jacob Newton, junior sprints; Jack Norris, junior sprints; Drew Resh, senior distance.

Outlook: The Panthers' key losses both earned Times first-team all-county honors last winter, with Weitzel running sprints and Masteran on distance races. But NC has some able bodies to fill those voids. "We have a solid core group of sprinters and distance runners and hope to be very successful in all three relay events," MacDonald said via email.

South Carroll

Coach: Bill Gerhold, 1st year

Next meet: Thursday at Ed Bowie Invite (PG Sportsplex), 3:30

Key losses: Justin Buck, Josh Clement, John King, Malcolm Rogers.

Key returners: Brian Cave, Remy Mezebish.

Outlook: Gerhold and assistant coach Todd Ashley should have talent in the distance events with Cave, who won the Class 2A cross country state title this fall, and Mezebish to help bolster the lineup. Buck, Clement, King and Rogers all earned Times second-team honors last season, so the Cavs have some holes to fill.

Westminster

Coaches: Ryan DuLaney, 4th year; Jacob Sanders, 1st year.

Next meet: Dec. 18 at Dwight Scott Invite (HCC), 4

Key losses: Tevin Bailey, Tylor Bailey, Cody Evans, Jesse Parsons.

Key returners: Brad Arbaugh, senior distance; Sam DiPietro, junior distance; Alex Hall, senior pole vault; Alex Langan, senior sprints/hurdles; Michael Lemke, senior shot put; Zane Lewis, sophomore sprints; Dexter Mills, senior pole vault.

Outlook: "The boys have a good mix of athletes this year," DuLaney said via email, with Arbaugh and DiPietro coming from a county championship cross country fall season. Lewis, who looks to replace Tylor Bailey in sprints, earned Times second-team all-county honors last winter.

Winters Mill

Coach: Rob Pennington, 1st year

Next meet: Dec. 18 at Dwight Scott Invite (HCC), 4

Key losses: Tyler Cox, Ben Fisher.

Key returners: Vince Alasha, senior; Sean Gore, sophomore; Tim Nicholson, senior; Matt O'Brien, senior.

Outlook: Pennington returns to track and field after coaching at South Carroll from 1998-2012, and he takes over a team small in size but one with some talent. Devon Caples, Gore and senior Taylor Russell are coming from cross country, and Alasha and O'Brien ran relays a year ago. "Our team is full of potential and we are hoping to build on it," Pennington said via email.

Compiled by Pat Stoetzer

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