The Path to Victory - 1A Boys Teams

Largo's Aharon Luster has one state title under his belt. Adding a second in the 500 on Monday would help Largo's title chances. (Photo by Craig Amoss)

Let's take a look at how each of the top 1A teams could bring home this year's 1A boys team title.

Top Projected Boys Teams (based on season bests - non-state qualifiers are not counted in any event)

  1. Largo High School Lions - 64 points
  2. Pikesville High School Panthers - 45 points
  3. Surrattsville High School Hornets - 38 points
  4. Brunswick High School Railroaders - 35 points
  5. Smithsburg High School Leopards - 34 points
  6. Catoctin High School Cougars - 27 points
  7. Snow Hill High School Eagles - 27 points
  8. Mardela High School Warriors - 24 points
  9. Western Tech High School Wolverines - 23 points
  10. Friendly High School Patriots - 22 points
  11. Central-PG High School Falcons - 21 points
  12. Bohemia Manor High School Eagles - 18 points
  13. Crisfield High School Crabbers - 18 points
  14. CMIT Academy Golden Tigers - 16 points
  15. Cambridge-South Dorchester High School Vikings - 15 points
  16. Lake Clifton High School Lakers - 14 points
  17. Dunbar High School Poets - 11 points
  18. Gwynn Park High School Yellow Jackets - 11 points
  19. Washington High School Jaguars - 10 points
  20. Perryville High School Panthers - 9 points
  21. Mountain Ridge High School Miners - 8 points
  22. Maurice J. McDonough High School Rams - 6 points
  23. Joppatowne High School Mariners - 5 points
  24. Clear Spring High School Blazers - 2 points
  25. Fairmont Heights High School Hornets - 2 points
  26. Fort Hill High School Sentinels - 1 point
  27. Havre de Grace High School Warriors - 1 point

Brunswick High School Railroaders

Not only did Noah McGillivray qualify for states in the pole vault - he won the 1600 at the 1A West regionals. (Photo by Craig Amoss)

Getting vertical is the name of the game for the Brunswick boys, led by junior Jackson Tuomey, who has a good shot at breaking the current 1A state meet record in the pole vault. He is also one of three 1A boys in this year's field to have cleared six feet in the high jump. Fellow junior Noah McGillivray sits third on the 1A leaderboard in the pole vault at 11'1.

Largo High School Lions

Largo's 3:32 season best time in the 4x400 at the SMAC Classic is the fastest by a 1A team this season by six seconds.

For Largo it's all about the sprint depth as they qualified seven boys in the four individual events from the 55 dash to the 800 run. Seniors Jalen Jackson, Aharon Luster and Anthony Hill are favorites in the 300, 500 and 800, respectively, and they also won regional titles in the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Senior Renaldi Falwell is also the only 1A boy to have thrown 50-plus feet in the shot put.

Pikesville High School Panthers

Olutayo Sonuga owns a 4:36 outdoor personal best in the 1600. (Photo by John Roemer)

With Zane Chalker and Williamsport moving up to 2A this season, Kaleb Berhanu has taken over as the top distance runner in the 1A classification. He scored 26 points by himself at regionals, which included wins in the 1600 and 3200. Senior Donovan Hanson and junior Olutayo Sonuga figure to chip in some points, as well.

Smithsburg High School Leopards

Cameron Rejonis (right) and Eli Knodle went 1-2 in the 800 at the 1A West regionals. (Photo by Craig Amoss)

Freshman Cameron Rejonis has emerged as a force in the mid-distance events for the Smithsburg boys, winning the 500 and 800 at the 1A West regionals. Seniors Eli Knodle and Keenen Atkinson are also potential scorers, as is their regional champion 4x800 relay.

Surrattsville High School Hornets

Samir Smith finished second at the 1A East regionals in both the 300 and 500 meter dashes.

The Hornets only qualified three individuals for the 1A state championships, but they are led by senior Samir Smith, who has become one of the top sprinters in Prince George's County. He is a contender in both the 300 and 500 meter dashes and Surrattsville also owns the top 4x200 time (1:34.23) in 1A this year.