It is rare that a state meet can be focused on one individual but that seems to be the case this go around. The Blacksburg boys lead the competition entering the weekend as the favorites for the 3A team title. Their closest competitors, Phoebus, will be looking to have a flawless meet if they want to catch the Bruins of Blacksburg.
The individual to watch though is Blacksburg's Cole Beck who is the top seed in the 55 and second seed in the 300. If he scores those points, Blacksburg wins the title but if his early season injury inhibit his success, expect it to be a close one.
Allen Blair of Tabb will be one of the guys trying to play spoiler as he is seeded right next to Beck in both events. He will also be joined by three and sometimes four Phoebus boys in every sprint event.
Potentially scoring the most individual points could be Tre'Juan Cash of Heritage who is seeded high in all the jumps and hurdles.
The most exciting race on the day though will all but likely be the Boys' 1600 between Ben Fleming and XC state champion Karl Thiessen. These two guys are tough rivals and will definitely leave it all on the track.
Athlete of the meet honors may go to New Kent's Griffin Kowal who is one of the best pole vaulters in the entire nation and enters the competition seeded at 16-2. That mark is #2 all-time in the state of Virginia.