The Philip Barbour High School boys' and girls' cross country teams, along with other individual runners throughout the area, will be competing in the state cross country meet Saturday at Cabell Midland High School.
The Lady Colts, who captured the regional title last week at Frankfort, are favored to repeat as state champions.
"I feel we have a good chance of winning it again," Philip Barbour coach Missy Kaiser said. "We have to run our best race if we want to do it though."
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Philip Barbour’s Scott Nesland will look to lead the Colts at Saturday’s state meet.
Philip Barbour returns all but one runner from last year's title team. Brianna Waybright, Allison Villers, Marrisa Long, Katie Mahoney, Haley Truman, Nicole Holliday and Anna Farling will all be looking to bring home gold again.
The top runners in Class AA-A are St. Mary's Maggie Drazba, Frankfort's Katie Jan and Philip Barbour's Brianna Waybright.
The Philip Barbour boys' team will also look to repeat as state champs after finishing second at the regional meet last week.
The Colts return all but two runners as Scott Nesland, Trey Furby, Andrew Phillips, Dustin Williams and Joey Anglin are all back this season.
Trevor Matko and Tyler Baldwin will join the group in Philip Barbour's title quest.
"The boys have come on strong late in the season," Kaiser said. "We have a good chance to win, but have to have our best race."
Tucker County's Ashley Cassidy, who placed seventh at the regional meet, will also be among competitors in Class AA-A.
In Class AAA, Elkins High School will send just one runner in Austin Hamrick, who placed third at the regional meet at Davis & Elkins College.
Buckhannon-Upshur will send two girls to the meet as Gillian Ross and Laura Dean will compete.
Ross placed eighth, while Dean finished 10th at the regional meet last week.