2019 Girls Preseason XC Power Rankings: #10 Urbana

Photo by Craig Amoss

Preseason Power Rankings Daily Schedule

Sunday, August 25th - Tuesday, September 3rd: Girls 1-10 (one a day)

Wednesday, September 4th: Boys Classification/Private School (top 15 each)

Thursday, September 5th: Girls Classification/Private School (top 15 each)

Our 2019 preseason XC power rankings continue with the top ten girls teams. These rankings are subjective and based on last year's performances (season bests, plus performances at big meets like conferences and states), track performances, program depth and reputation (how certain programs stay strong year after year).

We will rank the top 50 boys and girls teams heading into the season, then provide weekly top 25 ranking updates!

Top seven returners are based on last year's 5K or three mile season bests. Other runners to watch include those with standout track performances (relative to the rest of the team), unless those runners have run multiple track seasons without running cross country - we don't want to assume they will be running cross country in the fall. Freshmen or rookies who did not run cross country but did run track are usually included.

Use these rankings to preview your rival teams, debate your friends, and lace up those shoes and prove us wrong about your team!

10. Urbana High School Hawks (Ijamsville, MD)

Photo by Craig Amoss

County: Frederick (1st) Region: 4A West (3rd)

Top Seven Returners:

1. Sara Jarman (senior): 19:52 5K, 5:23 1600, 11:34 3200

2. Karly McDonnell (sophomore): 20:05 5K, 2:19 800, 5:27 1600

3. Emily McDonnell (sophomore): 20:44 5K, 2:21 800, 5:37 1600

4. Addison Lauer (sophomore): 21:10 5K, 5:53 1600, 12:44 3200

5. Kaitlyn Reilly (senior): 22:07 5K

6. Lydia Robling (senior): 21:24 3M, 2:28 800, 5:47 1600

7. Sarah Midla (senior): 22:34 5K, 6:18 1600, 13:59 3200

Others to Watch:

Ella Auderset (junior): 2:11 800, 5:12 1600

Caroline Mackin (junior): 24:14 5K, 6:04 1600, 13:59 3200

The two-time defending Frederick County champions seem poised to defend their title heading into 2019. They benefited from a strong freshman class last season that included the McDonnell sisters, Karly (above right) and Emily, who ran 2:19 and 2:21, respectively, in the spring, as well as Addison Lauer. That group also returns alongside senior Sara Jarman (above left), who leads returning county runners in the 3 mile and 5K and is the defending CMC and Frederick County champion.

Watch Ella Auderset's season-best 2:11.80 800 at the DMV Meet of the Elite in June.

The biggest addition to the 2019 team, however, will be junior Ella Auderset. Auderset will be running cross country for the first time this fall and she brings an impressive track resumé from her first two seasons of track. Her 2:11 800 was second in the state this past season, and she went undefeated in the event throughout the spring until New Balance Nationals. Already a two-time state champion, Auderset fills out what could be a very dangerous top five for the Hawks this season.

This fall Urbana will be moving from the 4A North to 4A West region, which offers more competition on the girls' side as they will have to face Montgomery County powerhouses such as Walt Whitman and Walter Johnson. However, they have the talent to challenge for a regional title and perhaps even contend for a top-two finish at what should be an exciting 4A state meet this November.