Four ranked teams are scheduled to compete in this division, led by No. 3 Bridgeport. The others are Webster County (sixth), Berkeley Springs (eighth) and Fairmont Senior (ninth).
Two of the top individuals in the meet figure to be Bridgeport's Kayla Haywood in the 100 and long jump and Wayne's Lexy Beckett in the shot and discus.
Doddridge County, the No. 1 team in the RunWV.com rankings and the defending state and Gazette Relays champ, leads a solid field that also includes No. 4 Tyler Consolidated, No. 5 Buffalo, No. 6 Gilmer County, No. 7 Charleston Catholic, No. 9 South Harrison and co-No. 10s Clay-Battelle and Valley Wetzel.
Anthony Aviles of Gilmer takes aim at his own Relays record of 6-81/4 in the high jump, and South Harrison's Zain Creamer (22-1/4) is the only other 22-foot long jumper in the state in any class.
Dylan Rich of Buffalo is poised for a big meet, as his yearly best times in the 800 (1:55.99) and 1,600 (4:19.29) lead the state by a wide margin.
Perhaps D'Andra Swiger of Doddridge can use the Gazette Relays to help decide what four events to run at the state meet, which looms three weeks from now.
Swiger enters the Relays ranked first in the state in five different events - the 200, 400, 300 hurdles, high jump and long jump, and stands third in the 100.
The Bulldogs should battle Clay-Battelle atop the team standings, as Doddridge enters with a No. 2 state ranking and the Cee-Bees are fourth. Also competing are No. 5 Tyler Consolidated, No. 7 Richwood and No. 10 Charleston Catholic.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
Schools participating in the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays
Class AAA (21)
Buckhannon-Upshur, Cabell Midland, Capital, Elkins, Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio), George Washington, Greenbrier East, Huntington, Hurricane, Jefferson, Lewis County, Lincoln County, Logan, Marietta (Ohio), Nitro, Point Pleasant, Riverside, St. Albans, Spring Valley, University, Winfield
Class AA (12)
Berkeley Springs, Bridgeport, Chapmanville, Fairmont Senior, Grafton, Poca, Roane County, Scott, Sissonville, Wayne, Webster County, Westside
Class A (16)
Buffalo, Calhoun County, Charleston Catholic, Clay-Battelle, Doddridge County, Fairview (Ky.), Gilmer County, Ironton (Ohio), Midland Trail, Richwood, Sherman, South Harrison, Tug Valley, Tyler Consolidated, Valley Fayette, Valley Wetzel