The number of schools offering the sport has grown, however, so that this year there will be two separate championships, including 4-A schools competing separately and then the 1-A, 2-A and 3-A schools competing in the other classification.
The 1-A/2-A/3-A championships will get underway at 9 a.m., with the 4-A meet slated to start at 4 p.m.
In the 2006 open championships, Southeast Raleigh captured the team title in women's competition led by Most Valuable Performer Gabby Mayo. Mayo and record-setting teammate Ebonie Cunningham have once again qualified for the state meet.
On the men's side last year, Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds and New Bern finished in a dead heat for the team crown.
Johnny Dutch of Clayton, who last year set a new meet record in the 55 meter hurdles as a junior, has once again qualified for the state meet in a couple of events,
Wendy's and the Carolina Ford Dealers are the presenting sponsors of the NCHSAA sports programs.