River Hill's boys and girls teams have swept the Howard County championships two straight seasons and are favored to sweep again.
Junior Shane Stroup, county runner-up last season, leads a 10-deep boys team that won the state Class 3A title.
Michael Fleg, Nathan Zahm, Wes McCoy, Mark Adams, Pat Benitez and Justin Serrota complete the top seven.
All-Metro Lee McDuff, county champion and second at states, heads a 10-deep girls team that finished third at states and includes all-county performer Susan Wilson, Peggy Chu, freshman Annie Cunningham, and the No. 1 runner from Liberty's team last season, Ashley Doerr.
Chasing the River Hill boys will be Centennial, which returns its top 10, including all-county performer Shawn Spencer.
Oakland Mills returns all-county performer Carldrickiss Haymon and three others from its Class 1A state championship team and expects to challenge River Hill.
Glenelg, state Class 1A runner-up, is strong again and led by all-county performer Jon Goldsmith.
Wilde Lake can't be overlooked with Jason Moore and Matt Bryden. Hammond has a veteran team led by Joe Nuffer. Atholton is banking on a solid trio of Matt Barresi, Andrew Breen and Wes Lipple. Joe Mullaly leads Mount Hebron. Long Reach's top runners are Kevin Wilson and Ben Hutcherson. Seniors Charles Lease and James Sharpe will pace Howard.
Glenelg and Wilde Lake appear to be River Hill's top challengers for the girls title.
Wildecats Rebecca Novinsky, Carolyn Rieben and Beth Nyborg all finished in the top 15 at the county meet.
The Gladiators' all-county Carrie Selmer was fourth at the county meet and teammate Erika Hogan finished 15th at states.
Howard features Bridget Baker, third in the county. Faye Goddard, Marguerite Adams and Sierra Charon pace Mount Hebron, county runner-up last season.
Seniors Sarah Haack and Erin Watkins lead a fifth-place Hammond squad. Amy Lee is Long Reach's top girl. Sophomores Leah Suhrstedt and Elis Ribiero are two of Centennial's best runners.
Nicolle Albert, Leigh Beaman and Kierney Hiteshew loom as Oakland Mills' top runners.
Lora Anderson and Meghan Bolton rule as Atholton's best hopes to score points.