Jordan Tucker (100), Isaiah Robinson (400), Hayden Harrison (1600, 3200), Gabe Harrison (hurdles) and Cody Sheppard (hurdles) list among top athletes in their respective events, too.
Like Rich, Catholic's Marcus Black could potentially qualify in three events as he ranks with the state's elite in the 800, 1600 and 3200. Caden McClanahan (800), Phillip Mallory (300 hurdles, pole vault) and Keaton Snodgrass (pole vault) will also fight to advance. Sam Revercomb ranks first in the 200, though may not compete due to a hamstring injury, Welch said.
Meanwhile, the Region 3 championship will be held at the University of Charleston's Laidley Field. Fayetteville's Jonathan Gore and Ethan Barker, of Midland Trail, expect to be among top sprinters. Gore lists third best in the long jump too. Greenbrier West's Colby Ennis (110 hurdles) and Cory Cox (high jump) will be among top athletes as well.
For the girls, Abigale Buchan, of Valley Fayette, is expected among top sprinters and high jumpers, and Sherman's Ameelia Sebok in distance events
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THE POCA BOYS, particularly the Dots' throwers expect to dominate the Class AA Region 4 meet to be held at Laidley Field Friday.
Sophomore Christian Buckley ranks No. 1 in both the discus and shot put, far beyond his nearest competitors. Poca's Christan Buckley, Quentin Buckley and Jacob Hickman placed one, two, three at the Cardinal Conference Championships and will look to do the same at regionals.
"They work hard and take a lot of pride in what they do," Poca throwers coach Dana Buckley said. "I think all six throwers have a shot of making it to states again this year. They all seem to be coming together with their form and peaking at the right time."
Poca's Josh Crites will look to experience equal dominance in the hurdles events as he ranks top 10 in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. Crites will battle Herbert Hoover's Josh Gurski as well as Scott's Zack Marcum.
Scott's Will Shaffer represents the top local distance runner and is expected to easily qualify for state in his respective events.
For the girls, Hoover's Emilee Henry is the top sprinter. Other top girls include Poca's Kristen Broughman (shot put), Scott's Haylie Damron (hurdles, long jump) and Hoover's Taylor Marsh (pole vault), among many others.