Outlook: Century's sprints take a hit with the loss of Callan, Davis (out with a knee injury), and Warther, and Kiley Hurst in the distance events. Mead said via email Poulton is set to pick up where she left off in cross country this fall. "We will be looking for a strong group of returning runners to lead the team," Mead said.
Key returners: Summer Burton, junior; Cindy Chibayere, sophomore; Lakota Comeau, sophomore; Sarah Pernell, junior; Emma Taggart, sophomore.
Outlook: Key's numbers doubled this winter, from eight to 16, and Cortez said via email several Eagles will be striving to excel in multiple events. Freshman Carmen Miller looks to be competitive in sprints and Shelby Holland, another freshman, in distance. "We are going to be very balanced this winter," Cortez said via email.
Coaches: Mary Bulakites, 1st year; Amanda Milewski, 2nd year
Outlook: Lyons and Rinehart each earned Times first-team all-county honors last winter, but they both missed Liberty's cross country fall season with injuries. But the Lions lost Zietkowski to graduation after she took third in the 500 at states and also earned first-team status.
Outlook: The Mavericks have good numbers thanks to several athletes coming over from North Carroll, including seniors Mackenzie Poist, Veronica Schilling, and Lauren Weitzel (sprints). Krebs and Geho leave a hole in Man Valley's lineup based on their scoring prowess in throws. Krebs won the 1A shot put state title last winter.
Outlook: The Cavaliers bring back three state champions from last winter, led by the reigning Times Athlete of the Year in Zolkiewicz. She earned a gold medal in the 500 dash at the 2A state meet a season ago and ran a leg on SC's winning 4x800 relay team (Anderson and O'Neill did too).
Coach: Desmond Wars, 1st year
First meet: Saturday at UM-Eastern Shore HS Invite
Outlook: Expectations are high for the Owls, who return the bulk of their roste. Harrison commands the sprint events, and last year ran relays with Rogalski. Herman chips in and also did jumps last winter, and Wagner is coming off a first-team all-county cross country season.
Outlook: The Falcons's roster doesn't crack 20 athletes, but they do have some talent. Kartalia and Wilcox are coming off successful cross country campaigns, with Kartalia earning Times Runner of the Year. Raines returns after placing sixth in the shot at the 2A West meet.