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2018 girls outdoor track and field preseason Top 10 poll

Severna Park's Emily Knight takes a lead on the competition on her way to winning the Class 4A 500-meter run during the MPSSAA state indoor track and field championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Feb. 20, 2018.
Severna Park's Emily Knight takes a lead on the competition on her way to winning the Class 4A 500-meter run during the MPSSAA state indoor track and field championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Feb. 20, 2018. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

1. Franklin

Postseason: Ninth in Class 3A state meet

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Outlook: The Indians rolled to the 3A indoor state championship, amassing 72.50 points thanks to a very deep core. Their is plenty of star power for Franklin, led by Nyjari McNeil, who should excel across a plethora of distances.

2. River Hill

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Postseason: 27th in Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Hawks scored across the board at the 2A indoor state meet, totaling 75 points en route to a state title. Sydney Robinson will help the Hawks score points in the sprints while Faith Meininger and Jasmine Tiamfook contribute in the distance races.

3. Maryvale Prep

Postseason: Second in IAAM title meet

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Outlook: The Lions avenged last season’s second-place finish to McDonogh at the IAAM outdoor championships by defeating the Eagles comfortably at the indoor championships, 151.50-107.50. Haley Wehberg won the 1600 and 3200 at the IAAM indoor championships.

4. Hereford

Postseason: Second in Class 2A state meet

Outlook: The Bulls finished third at the 2A Indoor State Meet and have the depth across the disciplines to threaten both River Hill at the state level and Franklin at the county championship meet.

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5. McDonogh

Postseason: IAAM title meet champion

Outlook: The Eagles enter the outdoor season looking to turn the tide against a deep Maryvale Prep squad and have probably one of the area’s most talented runners in Jada Seaman.

6. Severna Park

Postseason: Seventh in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Falcons finished second in the 4A state indoor meet, getting 20 points from Emily Knight. Knight and Izzy Kintzley well propel the Falcons, who are expected to score points in the distance events as well.

7. Reservoir

Postseason: Eighth in Class 3A state meet

Outlook: The Gators boast a state champion from the indoor season in Adaobi Tabugbo, who won the 55 hurdles and looks primed for a strong performance in the hurdles and relays.

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8. Mount de Sales

Postseason: Third in IAAM title meet

Outlook: The Sailors have the depth and talent to score over 100 points at the IAAM title meet, doing so in the 2017 outdoor season and this year’s indoor season, in which they finished third to Maryvale Prep and McDonogh.

9. South River

Postseason: Eighth in Class 4A state meet

Outlook: The Seahawks have talent in the 800, as the 4x800 relay team won the state indoor championship and Hannah McGlynn finished fourth in the state. They have the potential to score big points in the pole vault as well.

10. South Carroll

Postseason: Fourth at the 2A State Meet

Outlook: The Cavaliers finished second at the Class 2A state indoor meet and will rely heavily on Allison Zolkiewicz to help score the majority of their points in the middle distance events and relays.

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