North Carroll is the favorite to repeat as county girls champs, while the boys crown will likely go to South Carroll or Westminster.
On the boys side, South Carroll has two heavy hitters in seniors Matt Adami and Bobby Mead, who have led the Cavaliers to three consecutive Class 3A West regional titles and two state championships in the past three years.
Westminster is the defending Class 4A state champion and is loaded with standouts like seniors Kevin Pool and Dominique Cook. But the Owls graduated their top two runners in Jesse O'Connell and Josh Davis.
Powered by juniors J.T. Potter and Danny Shugars, North Carroll hopes to springboard off its first trip to the state meet in three seasons last year.
Liberty, which was hampered by injuries last season, will be led by junior Mark Buschman, while Francis Scott Key will lean on returning team captain and senior Ron Shriever.
In the girls competition, North Carroll boasts two-time state champ and senior Colleen Lawson and all-county runners Cheryl Williams, Amy King and Taryn Barker. The Panthers finished second in the team competition behind Walter Johnson.
Westminster returns a wealth of talent in senior Kate Henshaw and junior Tara Callegary and lost just three seniors to graduation.
Liberty hopes that seniors Emily Herman and Katie Brelsford can help the Lions improve on a 10th-place finish in the Class 3A state standings last season.
South Carroll is led by all-county junior Lindsey Schwartz and senior Megan Sowa, but five of the team's 10 runners are freshman.
Francis Scott Key sent Brandi Wentworth to the state meet last season. Coach Mike Hubenthal wants to send Wentworth, a senior, and the rest of the Eagles to states as a team.