2017-18 girls track and field preseason Top 15

For The Baltimore Sun

1. Franklin

Postseason: Class 3A state champion

Outlook: The Indians simply will be tough to beat after winning the state title last winter. The powerful trio of Nyjari McNeil, Cameron Hinton and Tylar Colbert can score points in so many different ways. The bad news for opponents is they could be better than last year.

2. Hereford

Postseason: Class 2A state champion

Outlook: This season, the Bulls have a number of strong middle-distance and distance runners, such as Emily Konkus (who won the Class 2A state title in cross country). They’ll also have incoming freshman Payton Patrick, coming off a big season in soccer, who will help the Bulls try to repeat as state champs.

3. Severna Park

Postseason: Tied for fifth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: Once more, the Falcons will fly thanks to a tough lineup that’s got good performers all around. They’re good at distance, as usual, and will compete against a number of tough Anne Arundel County schools, which prepares them for the postseason.

4. McDonogh

Postseason: Second in IAAM title meet

Outlook: Jada Seaman can do a little bit of everything, and she should help lead the way for the Eagles. The big question is whether they can find help from other places and get a shot at the IAAM A title.

5. South Carroll

Postseason: Fifth in Class 2A state meet

Outlook: The Cavaliers will benefit from Allie Zolkiewicz, who can run anything up to 800 meters and often scores points in many places. That’s a big reason they easily won the Carroll County team title and took fifth in the state in Class 2A last winter.

6. Old Mill

Postseason: Tied for ninth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Patriots, as usual, can pull points throughout their lineup thanks to multitalented athletes. It’s why they’re often a force in Anne Arundel and the state.

7. South River

Postseason: Fourth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: Last winter, the Seahawks finished fourth in the state in Class 4A. They should have a well-rounded roster, especially in field events, which helps them again this season.

8. Howard

Postseason: Tied for fifth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Lions are much like South River. They’re competing in a tough county (Howard) but can do a lot and do it well.

9. Maryvale

Postseason: IAAM title meet champion

Outlook: Graduation hurt the defending IAAM champion Lions as they lost top distance runner Emily Craig, but coach Jason Miller is developing a bunch of young athletes who are doing well. They still finished second in cross country in the IAAM A Conference.

10. Poly

Postseason: 10th in Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Baltimore City school has done well lately. Poly should have a number of good athletes ready to help out again this winter.

Others to watch: Atholton, Century, Glenelg Country School, Harford Tech, Mount Hebron, Reservoir.

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