Seniors Eric Wooten and Hunter Adkins, along with juniors Austin Jarrell and Brandon Atkinson, represent expected top contributing upperclassmen. Sophomores Will Shiels, Jeremiah Parlock and freshman Jonathan Hathaway are expected to be among top performers, too.
Elsewhere in the region, Hurricane will look to build upon its first-ever team appearance at the state meet.
"We return six of seven basically," Coach Jason Henley said. "We lost one senior, our first man (Drake Seccurro), from last year. We're pretty excited about where it's heading."
The Redskins enter the season ranked fifth in the state.
Senior Will Thornton and juniors Jacob Harmon, Sam Hughes and David Westfall lead a well-balanced Hurricane roster.
"They've always been a real, close-knit group," Henley said. "We had meets last year where our one to five split was 12 and 15 seconds. The biggest it was last year was like 36 seconds. When you start comparing that to teams across the state, they're not even close to that."
Also, in Putnam County, ninth-ranked Winfield returns with a strong team. Expected top returners include senior Richard Roda, juniors Brian Gray and Tony Salgado, along with sophomores Eric Johns and Desean Williams, among others.
Within the region, Huntington, Lincoln County, Logan, Nitro, Point Pleasant, Ripley, St. Albans and Spring Valley will also compete.
Across the state, Henley said defending champ Midland remains a threat to defend its title. Other contenders named by Henley and Parsons include preseason favorite University, Morgantown, Jefferson and Parkersburg.
Class AA/A Region IV
Charleston Catholic and Buffalo return in the preseason top 10 rankings after each finished among the top seven teams at last year's state meet.
Irish senior Caden McClanahan, currently ranked ninth, will lead No. 9 Catholic while Bison sophomore Hayden Harrison (11th) paces eighth-rated Buffalo.
"He's put in some really good miles over the summer," Irish Coach Scott Welch said of McClanahan. "He's looking really good. I'm very optimistic for him."
In addition, Catholic will rely upon the efforts of senior Philip Mallory and a trio of juniors in Justin Snyder, David Wroth and David O'Leary.
For Buffalo, Harrison and senior Conner Lamb will look to provide the one-two punch left by graduated runners Dylan Rich and Tyler Torman.
Welch said he also expects unranked Ravenswood to be among top regional threats.
Other teams competing in the region include Calhoun County, Gilmer County, Herbert Hoover, Poca, Nicholas County, Roane County, St. Joe Central, Scott, Sissonville, Wayne and Wirt County.
Across the state, defending champ Fairmont Senior, Bridgeport and Philip Barbour enter as the state's preseason top three.