"Josh is our top individual and once again, he's really worked his butt off for four years to get where he's at," Huskies Coach Lance Moore said. "He's got a real good time in the 300 hurdles, which he actually ran for the very first time in his life at the regionals and won the region in it. He's got an opportunity to possibly place in all his individual events really in the 110 hurdles and the 400 meter."
Other Hoover boys individuals competing at the State Meet include Josh McClung (1600, 3200), Zane Weese (shot put, discus) Noah Toops (3200) and Tyler Hagewood (110 hurdles). In relays, the Huskies will compete in the 4x100, 4x200, 4x800 and shuttle hurdles.
The Hoover girls team is led by sophomore Emilee Henry, a contender in the 100, 200 and 400.
"She's one of the younger ones in those top qualifying times, but she's worked hard and hopefully, things can go her way and she can score some points," Moore said of Henry.
Huskies high jumper Bailey Aab will compete following her regional title in the event. Hoover also qualified relays in the 4x100 and 4x800.
For the Poca girls, Paula Ord (300 hurdles), Kristen "Taylor" Broughman (shot put), Kelsey Westfall (discus) and Keree Moles (discus) will compete individually, in addition to the Dots' shuttle hurdles relay.
No local Class AA girls teams ranks among the state's top 10. Defending runner-up Frankfort enters No. 1, with Oak Glen and Keyser ranked second and third.
On the boys side, beyond Kanawha Valley teams Hoover and Poca, Scott's Will Shaffer, a Marshall commit, will look to make a statement as he ranks top three in the 800, 1600 and 3200.
For the Skyhawks girls, University of Charleston commit Haylie Damron ranks top six in the long jump and 300 hurdles. Other top Scott girls include Samantha Graffius (800, 1600), Sheena Chambers (1600, 3200) and Brittany Green (3200). The Scott girls will race in every relay except the 4x200.
Sissonville's Grace Montgomery ranks top 10 in the 300 hurdles entering states.