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Burcham repeats as top track athlete

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Cabell Midland High School distance runner Jacob Burcham is being honored as West Virginia's outstanding male track and field athlete for the third consecutive year.

Burcham, a senior, will receive the 2012 McCoy Award from the West Virginia Sports Writers Association on May 5 at the 67th Victory Awards Dinner in Clarksburg. The award is named in memory of a legendary track coach at Huntington High.

St. Mary's High School senior runner Maggie Drazba was the female winner.

Burcham previously finished second in voting for the West Virginia Amateur Athlete of the Year award that went to West Virginia University football player Tavon Austin.

He joins former St. Marys runner Steve Taylor (1981-83) as the only winners of the McCoy Award in three consecutive years. The other three-time winners were Olympic shot put gold medalist Randy Barnes (1985, 1988, 1990) and Olympic sprinter James Jett (1989, 1991, 1992).

Burcham dominated the Class AAA state track meet in 2012 with wins in the 800 (1:54.01), 1600 (4:08.91) and 3200 (8:57.73) . He is the state record holder in all three events.

His success continued in fall 2012 with a victory in the state cross country meet where he lowered his record time to 14:58.04.

He also set an all-time state record at the Grand Prix Dream Mile in New York with a time of 4:02.73, won the mile at the New Balance National Outdoor Meet, placed second in the mile at the Penn Relays and placed third at the Nike Elite Mile in Oregon. He also won at the Nike Cross Country Regionals.

Burcham has verbally committed to the University of Oklahoma.