BOYS

1. Cheverus: The defending Class A champion has several of its top performers back, including Jake Dixon (200, 400), Nick White (shot put, discus) and Jacob Schott (high jump).

2. South Portland: Reigning Class A shot put champion Dan Guiliani also scored in the discus at the state meet. Ruay Bol (high jump, triple jump) and Michael Cuesta (long jump, triple jump) are other likely multiple-event scorers.

3. Scarborough: The Red Storm have six returning scorers – Jerry Kenney (400), Colin Jones (800), Griffin Madden (110 hurdles), Maxim Doiron (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Edward James (pole vault) and Hugh McSorley (shot put, discus) – from a team that finished third in Class A. Sophomore Sam Rusak was the top-ranked pole vaulter indoors (14-9).

4. York: Depth is a strength for the Wildcats, with 11 returning scorers from a team that finished in fifth place at the Class B meet, including defending javelin champion Jack Bouchard and Tucker Corbett, the top returning finisher in the 400.

5. Deering: The Rams are led by four returning scorers – Hany Ramadan (400), Paulo Demarco (300 hurdles), Yahya Hussein (3,200) and Iid Sheikh-Yusuf (3,200).

GIRLS

1. South Portland: Hurdler Callie O’Brien, sprinter Lauren Magnuson, distance runners Casey Loring and Serena McKenzie, and thrower Michelle Medici are all capable of scoring in multiple events.

2. Thornton Academy: The defending Class A champion whose returning scorers include Tori Daigle (100, long jump), Alexandra Pettaway (100, long jump), Samantha Curran (shot put) and Olivia Libby (300 hurdles).

3. Greely: Alyssa Coyne (discus, shot, pole vault) leads a deep team that could challenge Waterville, the eight-time defending Class B champion, after finishing second in 2014.

4. Bonny Eagle: Kialeigh Marston could score 30 points on her own in the distance events, but the Scots will need others to emerge if they hope to contend with Edward Little, South Portland and Thornton Academy.

5. Falmouth: The team will be led by Adelaide Cooke, the defending champion in the discus (107-3), and Lydia Farmer, one of the top returners in the triple jump after finishing fifth last season (33-101/4).

– From staff reports