The Bison will be without perhaps its top runner, Dylan Rich, today in Ona. Buffalo coach Patrick Hart said not having Rich would be a big blow to his team but he still expects them to do well.
"To lose him, it's going to be hard because of his leadership," Hart said. "He's at practice every day, he makes sure everybody stretches and does warm-ups. It's going to be hard to find someone to replace him, but he's had a great career.
"I feel we'll do well in the meet - I feel like we can finish in the top five. Cross country still has a AA-A division so it's hard to compete with some of those schools because for every one of our runners they might have three. But our guys have got the mindset to go out and perform well."
On the girls side in Class AA-A, Philip Barbour looks to defend its team title from a year ago but could receive a strong challenge from Frankfort and Scott.
The individual race features a senior-laden group expected to push Drazba, including Philip Barbour's Brianna Waybright, Frankfort's Katie Jan, Bridgeport's Morganne Phillips, North Marion's Emma Harrison and Weir's Kristen Mastrantoni.
Today's races being at 10 a.m. with the Class AA-A boys getting the day started. They will be followed by the Class AA-A girls at 10:45 before Class AAA goes off at 1 p.m with the boys race and 1:45 p.m. for the girls.
Ryan Pritt contributed to this story. Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.