For the Redskins, the meet marks the second straight year the boys program has joined the girls squad at the state championship.
Henley said that accomplishment didn't look possible until the boys team took a quick turn toward improvement a few weeks ago.
"There was a midway point in the season where it wasn't coming together very well, but watching them the last three or four weeks since we ran at North Carolina in the Great American Cross Country Festival, they've just become a very solid team," he said.
Other local Class AAA schools attending the meet include seventh-ranked Winfield, No. 9 Ripley, Capital and GW.
Generals sophomore R.J. Weiford, ranked 11th in the state, will look to lead Winfield into the top five with a solid performance, as Weiford represents a legitimate All-State threat.
In Class A/AA, Buffalo sophomore Hayden Harrison is expected to earn All-State honors as he enters the meet ranked sixth in the state.
"I want to run a 15:53," Harrison said of his goal time. "It's going to be hard. I'm going to have to push myself. I've never ran that before."
Not much separates the top four runners in the class: Abe Merinar (Bridgeport), Johnny Hogue (Ritchie County), Brettley Harris (Webster County) and Jason Weitzel (PikeView). Merinar enters ranked first, though Hogue represents the state's top returner with a third-place finish at last season's state championship.
Buffalo and Region 4 champion Charleston Catholic, both unranked, will represent area teams. Irish senior Caden McClanahan, ranked 17th, poses the best local threat to join Harrison as an All-State runner.
Top-ranked Bridgeport appears to be the favorite, with defending champion Fairmont Senior a solid No. 2. Ritchie, Keyser, defending runner-up Frankfort and Williamson follow in a tight pack among the regular season standings.
The boys Class A/AA race will begin approximately at 1:45 p.m., with the Class AAA race to commence approximately at 10:45 a.m.