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Midland sends seniors after cross country title

Oct. 27, 2012 @ 12:30 AM

ONA -- Cabell Midland boys cross country, No. 1 in Class AAA all season, will look to validate their ranking Saturday when they host the West Virginia High School Championships.

Cabell Midland has Jacob Burcham, the state's top runner and a nationally ranked senior, but the Knights also boast excellent depth, and that's made a difference in meets.

In the Class AAA Region IV meet, the Knights not only won the team title, but had seven of the top eight finishers.

"Depth wise, I've never had this," Cabell Midland coach Chris Parsons said.

Defending champion Jefferson is one team the Knights are watching.

"They're a good team," Parsons said. "For us this year, we've produced at every meet. We have to do it one more time."

In the regional, Avery Campbell was second and Mason Dino third for the Knights. Andrew Short placed fifth, followed by Jeremy Waugh, Brian Lawhon and Nick Salmons.

Running for the Knights Saturday are Burcham, Campbell, Lawhon, Dino and Waugh. All are seniors. Rounding out the top seven are two freshmen, Short and Salmons.

Burcham is No. 1 in the latest RunWV.com rankings through the regionals. Campbell is No. 9, Waugh is No. 14, Lawhon 18th, Short 21st, Dino 22nd and Salmons 24th.

Burcham isn't the only runner being highly recruited. Campbell is being courted by Charlotte, Winthrop, Davidson, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Xavier.

He's made an official visit to Charlotte and has trips planned to Winthrop, Xavier and Louisville.

In Class AAA girls, Morgantown is the favorite.

In Class AA-A, Fairmont Senior is the team to watch for the boys. Philip Barbour's girls are favored to make it three straight wins. On the individual side, senior Maggie Drazba of St. Marys is the runner to beat.

She's going after her second straight title and third in four years.