On the girls side, fifth-ranked Winfield represents the top Kanawha Valley team. Defending champion Morgantown and defending runner-up Buckhannon-Upshur are expected to battle for the team title.
"For us to finish in the top five, right now, that's exceptional," Generals Coach David Bailey said. "Anything above that is icing on the cake for us. That's a goal we've kind of set."
Winfield's Emily Cole and Anika Shah will compete in both the 100 and 200, as will St. Albans sophomore Anacia Hines, a favorite to earn All-State honors.
Hines also enters as a top contender in the 100 hurdles, as does Midland's Makenzi Niebergall. Generals hurdler Josee Erlandson ranks second statewide in the 300s.
In the 800, Barkley Castro, of Winfield, ranks first in Class AAA. Midland's Jakeya Perrin and Alex Ellis, as well as Emily Schwendiman (Hurricane) and Andrea Porter (Point Pleasant) will also contend in middle-distance and long-distance events.
In addition to Schwendiman, Capital sophomore Peyton Panger is a top threat in both the 1600 and 3200.
"Emily Schwendiman has just had a great year all year, and it's her goal to be in the top three in the states for the 3200, and I think that's a definite possibility," Hurricane Coach Jason Henley said. "She has the potential to do it in the 3200 or the 1600."
For relays, Winfield will prove a solid threat to score in all five events, though Hurricane has the edge in the 4x800 and Midland in the shuttle hurdles.
"Distance wise, I feel like our 4x800 has the opportunity to compete for a state title this year," Henley said of Hurricane's relay.
"It'll take the right amount of luck to go along with their preparedness, but I think they're ready to do something pretty good."
In field events, Hurricane's Lauren London will look to repeat as an All-Stater. Abby Watson, of Hurricane, and George Washington freshman Lillie Jacobs will be among top contenders in the discus. Watson and Jacobs will also compete in the shot put.