The 12th annual Al Haringer Memorial Relays and the second annual Pall95578nvitational Relays will begin today to officially open the 1977 outdoor high school track season in the Washington area.

In the Haringer relays, which begin at 3 at Washington-Lee High School, field-event relays and the four-mile relay will be featured this afternoon. Most of the running events will take place Saturday, starting at 10:30.

Last year's meet winner, Edison, will attempt to capture its fourth team trophy in five years as 50 squads from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia participate. But Edison's streak is not the only one on the line - no non-Virginia team has ever triumphed in the Harringer competition.

In today's big race, the four-mile relay, contigents from Handley, Lake Braddock, Edison and Georgetown Prep should pose a threat to last years's winner, O'Connel. In Saturday's dashes, speed teams from T.C. Williams, McKinley, Eastern, Theodore Roosevelt and Fairmont Heights should vie for control.

Thsi will be only the second year that firls have competed in the Haringer relays and teams from Fort Hunt and Gar-Field can be expected to fare particularly well.

In the Palotti meet, which will get under way at 3:30 at Sherwood High School, Paint Branch will defend its title against Palotti, Laurel, Oxon Hill, Sherwood and Oakland Mills.

Field events will be held this afternoon with running events starting Saturday at 1:30. Oxon Hill and Laurel should be tough in the distance races, with Paint Branch and Oakland Mills potent in the spirits.