2019 Girls Preseason XC Power Rankings: #8 Dulaney

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!

8. Dulaney High School Lions (Timonium, MD)

Photo by Craig Amoss

County: Baltimore (1st) Region: 4A North (1st)

Top Seven Returners:

1. Anna Albergo (sophomore): 19:19 5K, 5:16 1600, 11:36 3200

2. Marissa Dailey (junior): 20:20 5K, 5:30 1600, 12:50 3200

3. Kaitlin Robinson (junior): 20:40 5K, 2:29 800, 5:30 1600

4. Mairin Ludwig (sophomore): 20:51 5K

5. Kayla Brennan (senior): 21:05 5K, 5:50 1600, 12:34 3200

6. Daphne Severn (junior): 21:17 5K, 6:20 1600, 13:45 3200

7. Julia Isaacson (junior): 21:26 5K, 6:22 1600

Others to Watch:

Carolyn Twomley (junior): 21:45 5K, 5:57 1600, 12:45 3200

Erin Haley (sophomore): 22:40 5K, 5:55 1600, 12:42 3200

Briana Flemke (sophomore): 2:31 800, 5:35 1600

It was an epic race back in 2016 when Dulaney and Hereford met at the Baltimore County Championships. The two powerhouses went toe-to-toe, matching each other almost point-for-point in a team battle that could have gone either way. Ultimately, Dulaney overcame the fact that Hereford had the individual winner (Kelly Wesolowski) and defeated the Bulls by one point, 35-36.

Since then, Hereford has won two straight county (and state) titles. Hereford's margin of victory last year was wider (30 points to Dulaney's 50), but there is plenty reason to believe the Lions could once again reclaim the top spot in the county. It starts with sophomore Anna Albergo (above), who could be forming a budding rivalry with Hereford sophomore Piper Lentz that could dominate the county scene for years to come.

Watch the race video from the 2016 county championship meet when Dulaney edged Hereford by one point. It was also the last time the meet was held at Dulaney High School.

Their team was young, too, last fall, as only one of their runners at the state meet was a senior - and only one of their top returning runners this year is a senior, as well. That was a squad that finished fifth at the state meet last year, and could be poised to challenge for a top-three spot this fall. The Lions also look like regional favorites after last year's champions from Howard move over to the 4A East region. An added bonus: the county and regional meets will be back on their home campus this season, and the students at Dulaney always show up in a big way.