2012-13 Top 10 boys indoor track and field preseason poll

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1. Gilman

Last season: No. 1

Postseason: MIAA champion

Outlook: The Greyhounds lost some key performers from last year's squad that won the MIAA championship in February, but once again this is a team with a lot of depth. They can score in every area, which should make them hard to beat again this winter.

2. Mount St. Joseph

Last season: No. 2

Postseason: MIAA runner-up

Outlook: The Gaels raced to a 59-point lead over Gilman early in the MIAA title meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, but they couldn't hold it. Led by junior Landrie Hatcher and others, Mount St. Joseph is on a mission for the championship this season.

3. Old Mill

Last season: No. 3

Postseason: Tied for 7th in the Class 4A state meet

Outlook: Balance played a big part in the Patriots' seventh-place finish in the difficult Class 4A state championship meet last winter. Old Mill again brings a lot of talent to the table, including junior Nick Lefavor, who finished 11th in the 1,600 meters at the state meet.

4. Reservoir

Last season: No. 7

Postseason: 6th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: After a very good season in cross country, Reservoir looks for more success this winter. The Gators will be strong with middle distance and field events and could be a very deep team.

5. Severna Park

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: 15th in the Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Falcons should be loaded with distance and relay runners after winning the Class 4A state championship in cross country last month. If they can find more success in sprints and field events this winter, it could be a big season.

6. Digital Harbor

Last season: No. 4

Postseason: Tied for 4th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Rams should get a lot of help from senior George Flaviano in the 300 meters and relay events. If Digital Harbor can get more points from other spots, they'll make noise throughout the season.

7. Century

Last season: No. 9

Postseason: 4th in the Class 2A state meet

Outlook: Julian Woods should carry the Knights this winter, and they will be one of the better teams if they're able to support the senior with points in other events.

8. Hereford

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: 11th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Bulls' versatility is crucial as they prepare for the upcoming season. With Kevin Payne, Jon Luckin and others returning, Hereford won't have to rely on just one area for points this winter.

9. Wilde Lake

Last season: No. 5

Postseason: Tied for 4th in the Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Wildecats again have good distance runners this winter, led by senior Tim Virostek. They can also use that strength to produce points in relays, something all good teams need in track.

10. McDonogh

Last season: Unranked

Postseason: 4th in the MIAA

Outlook: The girls have gotten most of the track publicity at McDonogh recently, but the boys are stronger this year. Mikey Singer is one of the area's best distance runners, and the Eagles also should do better in relays and field events.

Others considered: Chesapeake-AA (unranked), Francis Scott Key (No. 8), Northwestern (No. 10), River Hill (unranked)

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