The Broadneck girls saved their best for last in 1999. Beaten by Severna Park twice during the regular season and again in the county meet, Broadneck upstaged the Falcons at the regional and state championships. The Bruins nipped Severna Park, 55-59, in the regional race, then finished third at the Class 4A state meet, one spot better than the three-time county champs.
Look for these rivals to go toe to toe again this season.
Severna Park returns virtually intact a lineup that claimed seven of the top 16 spots at the county meet. Junior Rebecca Funk, fourth at states, and her twin sister, Liz, set the pace.
Broadneck will be led by juniors Lauren Riesett and Danielle Veilleux. Both posted top-10 times at the state meet.
Annapolis has senior Erin Masterson back as the Panthers try to improve on last year's 11th-place showing in the Class 3A state meet. In the private-school Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, Spalding returns a star in U'Tonna Sherrod, but depth is a concern.
In the boys competition, Severna Park, Class 4A runner-up last year, has the depth to challenge four-time state champ Westminster.
Falcons senior Justin Marvel is the defending county champion but isn't even running No. 1 on his own team. That honor goes to Mike Hall, who has blossomed this preseason. Trent Slacum and Ryan Coughlin ran in the top 10 at last year's county meet.
Senior Steve Weller paces Broadneck after finishing third in the county meet last year.
Craig Haas and Jeff Blass lead a senior-laden team at Arundel, which will host this year's county meet.
With a win at the Meade Autumn Classic and a runner-up showing at the county meet, Meade senior David Pickett proved he could run with anyone in the county.
Annapolis looks to challenge behind Bernard Ortega and Andy Masterson, the twin brother of the standout on the Annapolis girls team.
Among private schools, Spalding gets tested with its jump to the MIAA A Conference. Senior all-county choice Chris Foster is back for Severn.