As for the sprint events, Steven Handley returns for the Redskins as one of the state's fastest runners. Handley will compete in the open 100, 200 and 400, as well as a combination of relays, Sowards said. Other top boys sprinters include Jeff Burnette and Rasaan Harris.
Each will be tested in today's meet, which will feature more than 18 schools, with all hoping to develop a comfort level at Laidley, which also hosts the state meet.
In addition to Hurricane, Winfield will attend the meet and projects to provide stiff competition, especially on the girls side.
Like Hurricane, Winfield draws upon its cross country runners to lead the long-distance events. The Generals feature Barkley Castro, Brittney McMillion and Rachel Englund among its long-distance runners.
In sprint events, senior Emily Cole and junior Anika Shah lead Winfield. Cole counts the 100, sprint relays and long jumping among her events, Coach David Bailey said.
"She's a really versatile athlete," Bailey said. "She's one of those, whatever you need, she'll do it. That's just the type of kid she is."
Beyond Winfield and Hurricane, the BB&T Classic lineup features a majority of AAA schools, including: Capital, Logan, Princeton, Ripley, Riverside, St. Albans and the Cabell Midland girls squad. However, it's also a chance for AA and A schools to gain some experience.
Among those smaller schools attending, Buffalo is poised to contend on its way to state.
"It's the fullest team I've ever had," Bison Coach Richie Wyant said. "We're going to score points in a lot more events than we have in the past. I don't know that we'll be getting too many firsts or seconds, but we're going to be in the top six, I think, in a good number of track events."
Others scheduled to attend include Herbert Hoover, Oak Hill, Shady Spring, Sissonville, Summers County, Wayne, Valley and Cross Lanes Christian.
Field events will begin at 4:45 p.m., with running events to start at 5 p.m.