VINCENT - Warren was hoping that more Southeastern Ohio Athletic League schools would be entered in the Scenic Hills Lions Club Invitational.
But as of now, only Jackson will be competing in the annual cross country run, which is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday in Vincent.
The 2013 Scenic Hills field still looks pretty impressive with Marietta High, Belpre, Waterford, River Valley, Southern and Fairmont East.
The Warren boys are the defending meet champions, and could be the school to beat again. Last Saturday, at the 14th annual Elizabeth S. Broughton Memorial Invitational at the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Area in Marietta, the Warriors had three harriers finish in the top 10 to help them claim the team title.
Parker Blain paced the winning royal blue and white squad with a clocking of 17 minutes, 40.20 seconds, good for a third-place overall finish. Sam Goodman was fifth in 18:06.50, and Brent Ash placed sixth in 18:16.10.
Keep an eye, though, on Belpre sophomore Cray Sistrunk. At Broughton, he was runner-up in 17:36.60, and last year at Scenic Hills, he covered the 5K distance in 17:46.4, which was good for fifth place.
The Jim Cunningham-coached Belpre boys as a team placed fifth in the eight-school field at Broughton. The other Golden Eagle harriers expected to run Saturday will be Kyle Windland, Matt Davis, Joel Starner and Matt Lopreste.
Marietta's top seven runners at Broughton were Jake Haught, Kody Phillips, Turner Hill, Brandon Neville, Zach Deskins, Jeffrey Davis and Joel Bricker.
Waterford senior Eli Strahler could be a contender for the top spot. Last year, the Wildcat running standout ran Scenic Hills in 17:25.5, good for second place. At Broughton, he was eighth overall in 18:25.60.
On the girls' side at Scenic Hills, the team race appears to be wide open.
Warren, which finished sixth at Broughton, will be paced by junior Hannah Dugan, who was eighth overall in 22:28.10 at Marietta. Last year at Scenic Hills, she was fifth overall in 21:27.5.
Rounding out the other Warrior girl harriers are Sydney Brague, Kaylee Pate, Maggie McCutcheon, Savhannah Wray, Zoey Strahler and Alyssa Kern, who did not run at Broughton.
Marietta's top seven are expected to be Elena Lawson, Brittany Deskins, Kelsey Hall, Olivia Wesel, Josie Miracle, Nora Torbett and Cooper Halliday or Jennell Betts.
Belpre will be represented by Mackenzie Rice, Sierra Barker and Kira Miller.
Waterford's lone Wildcat girls' runner is Maggie Kroll, who was 22nd at Broughton in 24:33.60.