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Burcham wins for 6th time

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Midland High School graduate Jacob Burcham is a six-time winner of Gatorade state awards for track and field and cross country.

Burcham, who is entered Saturday in The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship, added 2012-13 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year honors to his collection. He also received the track award in 2012 and 2011 while claiming cross country honors in 2012, 2011 and 2010.

"Jacob leaves behind a legacy that is unmatched in West Virginia," Cabell Midland head coach Chris Parsons said in a Gatorade news release. "He has brought national attention to our state. In addition to being an inspiration to his teammates, his impact has been felt through the state and has led to an elevation of performance among high school track and cross country programs in West Virginia."

Burcham maintained a weighted 4.07 GPA in high school and was vice president of the Cabell Midland student body. He has volunteered doing routine maintenance and errands for the elderly and as a youth track coach and mentor.

He signed to compete at the University of Oklahoma.

Burcham was the Class AAA track and field state champion this year in the 1,600-meter run (4:13.33) and 3,200-meter run (9:08.34) while running a leg on Cabell Midland's winning 4x800-meter relay (7:49.83). He also placed third in the 800-meter run (1:55.46).

As a high school runner he claimed nine state titles in track races and won three state cross country titles.

His 3,000-meter time of 8:22.62 at the Arcadia Invitational was ranked 12th nationally among prep competitors at the time of his selection. He also ranked in the Top 100 for the mile, 1,600 and 3,200.