|8/12/12 The 2012 season details coming
11/19/11 Burcham ends season as National
the past year, Jacob Burcham has traveled to many places
competing in the sport of Cross Country and Track. Places like
New York, Philadelphia, Myrtle Beach, Portland, and abroad to
Lille, France. He has set state and American records along with
winning many titles in the process. Burcham added another
National title to his credentials and only had to travel in his
own backyard to do it.
This year's Cross Country
Coaches Youth National Championships were held at Cabell Midland
High School with teams competing from
Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, West
Virginia, Delaware, Kansas, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Michigan, and New
York. There were several new course records set by some talented
runners from the 13 different races contested on Midland's
Burcham would compete in the
15-16 Age Group Championship and lead wire to wire with an easy
victory. He also helped his Club Team "Ona Elite" of Matthew
Brafford, Jeremy Waugh, Eric Wooten, and Chandler Smith win the
team National Title. Other Midland runners competing for Ona
Elite in different races were Tyler Salmons in the 17-18 Group
Championship (5K/16:25-7th) and Brian Lawhon (5K/17:38-21st). In
the 13-14 Age Group Championship were Austin Jarrell
(4K/15:02-23rd) and Brandon Atkinson (4K/15:19-30th).
Footlocker South Regional's are next weekend in Charlotte, NC at
McAlphine Park. Midland's Tyler Salmons and Jorden Thornton will
be making the trip south in hopes of running a fast time to end
their 2011 Cross Country season. The rest of the Midland crew
will be taking a couple of weeks off before stating the 2012
track season preparations.
Some may wonder why Jacob
Burcham is not competing in the Footlocker or NXN as he did last
year. Last year Burcham qualified for the NXN Finals and
placed 16th in the nation making 3rd Team All-American. After a long year of racing in Cross
Country and not ending his track season until July at the Youth World
Championship in Lille, France, Burcham and his coach decided to
shut it down for the 2011 Cross Country season and do what is best for
Jacob's high school career. Burcham will take a well deserved
break from running, but you can assure he will soon begin
preparing for the much anticipated 2012 track season. Jacob
plans to continue where he left off from his stellar sophomore
season and improve the 3:46.55 1500 meters performance, which is
equivalent to a 4:04 actual mile and 4:03 1600 meters.
11/15/11 Midland plays host to National
National Cross Country Champions will be
crowned at Cabell Midland High School this coming weekend and runners
from all over will be competing in hopes to earn that honor.
Cabell Midland High School will play host to the 2011 Cross
Country Coaches National Youth Championships. There are nearly
1200 runners in 13
different races ranging from 800 meters to 5000 meters with ages
from 5 years to 18 years old.
Admission is FREE and races begin at 9:00am
with the last race going off at 3:30pm.
10/29/11 Burcham claims another State
Last year's state meet had much anticipation for the
individual boys state title. There were 4 Horseman considered to
battle for the top spot and it would be sophomore, Jacob
Burcham, claiming top honors over three seniors. This year's
state meet left little doubt who should win the individual title
and Burcham wouldn't disappoint claiming his 2nd individual
state title for the 2nd year in a row.
Jacob Burcham's strategy was simply jump to the front and
stay there until the end. Hopes of a record setting performance
ended quickly after several runners went down under the wet
conditions, but Burcham stuck to his strategy and went
unchallenged the entire race.
Burcham will now focus on the Coaches National
Youth Championship, which will be hosted for the first time at
Cabell Midland on Saturday, November 19th. Burcham plans to run
this meet for fun and help his Club Team, "Ona Elite", win the
National team title.
10/29/11 Midland boys upset by Jefferson
Cabell Midland boys have claimed the WV Cross
State Title the past two years in dominating fashion. After only
graduating one runner from last year's state championship team,
one would only anticipate Midland would bring home another state
title this season. Somebody forgot to tell the boys from
Jefferson because they drove nearly 7 hours on a bus and upset
Midland on Midland's home course to claim their first boys cross
country team title in school history.
Midland first four runners produced strong for
the Knights, but Midland had trouble with their 5th, 6th, & 7th
runner getting across the finish line and increasing Jefferson's
chances for an upset. The Knights would only lose by a mere 3
points, which in Cross Country comes down to seconds between
winning or coming in 2nd place.
Midland only loses one runner from their Elite
7, but losing Tyler Salmons will not be easy to replace. Salmons
was consistently Midland's number #2 runner earning All-MSAC,
All-Regional, & All-State honors for the past 3 seasons. However, Midland
has the potential of being very strong next season. if they take
the advice of their head coach. "The only way to
be better from last year is to increase your workload from this
year. Only then do you give yourself a chance to improve on last
year's performances." stated Parsons.
10/29/11 Midland girls finish 5th
at State Meet
Midland girls ignored their predicted 8th place finish and rose
to the occasion and finished a strong 5th place overall at the
2011 West Virginia State Cross Country Championship.
Jorden Thornton led her team as usual with a
13th place overall in a time of 19:55. She was followed by
Kelsey Dillon (29th-20:54), Kendall McNeely (36th-21:21) Hannah
Asebes (57th-22:14), Morgan Chittum (58th-22:22), Jenna Marsh
(59th-22:28), and Shelby Nelson (76th-23:30).
Coach Parsons was super pleased with his girls
efforts. "Our girls understood the objectives of their
work-outs and got it done this season, which produced some outstanding results at the State
Championship," Parsons said.
The Lady Knights return 6 of their top 7 runners for next year
and have plans on a higher finish next season. The Ultimate Goal
is to stand on the Awards Ceremony Podium at next year's State
10/20/11 Midland Boys & Girls are State
the brutal weather conditions, both the boys and girls from
Midland produced efforts to qualify for next week's WV State
Cross Country Championship.
Jacob Burcham led his team to another Regional
Title and won by 21 seconds over teammate, Tyler Salmons. Also
producing for the Knights were Jeremy Waugh (5th), Brian Lawhon
(7th), Avery Campbell (10th), Eric Wooten (13th), and Jared King
On the girls side, it would be Jorden
Thornton's 2nd place finish leading her girls team to the
Runner-up position. After getting beat by Parkersburg a week ago
at the MSAC Championship, it would be the Lady Knights doing the
honors and edging out Parkersburg by a mere point this week.
Other Lady Knights stepping up this week would be Kelsey Dillon
(10th), Kendall McNeely (11th), Morgan Chittum (18th), Jenna
Marsh (20th), Hannah Asebes (25th), and Molly Darling (35th).
The WV State XC Championship will be held on
October 29th at Cabell Midland High School.
10/19/11 Wet, Windy, Cold Weather
Predicted for Regionals
On Thursday, runners from across the state
will be attempting to qualify for the 2011 WV State XC
Championship. Runners will have two obstacles standing in their
way of qualifying, which are runners from opposing teams and the
predicted weather for race time. You can definitely plan on
quality runners and the weatherman says you'll have to deal with
wet, windy, and cold conditions. Both obstacles will make for an
In Region IV, the Midland Boys will be set to
defend the Region title, which they have won the past 16 of 17
years. On the girls side, Hurricane will be favored followed by
strong teams from Parkersburg & Cabell Midland.
The WV State XC Championship is scheduled for
October 29th at Cabell Midland High School. Midland has played
host for the state meet the last 6 years.
10/18/11 Senior Spaghetti Dinner
Every season the Midland XC Program takes time
to hold a special spaghetti dinner prior to the Regional & State
meets to honor their seniors and senior parents. This year the
event took place at the East Pea Ridge Baptist Church
dining hall on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:00pm.
Senior athletes had the opportunity to stand
in front of their teammates and reflect back on their high
school running career.
2011 Cross Country Seniors are Emily Harbour, Jess Hutchinson,
Morgan Chittum, Courtney Sanford, Molly Darling, Steven Egnatoff,
Austin Allen, Collin Cooper, Ryan Wareheim, Yancy Cook, Daniel
Parlock, and Tyler Salmons.
Cabell Midland Cross Country Program
appreciates your dedication and hard work this season. We will
miss all of you.
10/17/11 Freshman win Midland Last Chance
the gun went off at the Midland Last Chance, it was the Freshman
who would come away with the overall victories. Austin Jarrell
would hold off a late charge from Brandon Atkinson to win by a 2
second margin in a time of 14:06. On the girls side, Brie
Bellomy would totally dominate by 2 minutes for the overall
Despite having both individual winners, "Team
Parsons" would come up short for the Team Title and got edged
out by "Team Diane" by a mere 2 points.
The Midland Last Chance is a annual event that
gives Midland runners who are not competing or alternates for
the upcoming Regional and State Meets. The race is run on
Midland Cross Country course over a 4K challenging course.
10/15/11 Midland stays on top of WV
The latest Runwv rankings continue having the
Midland Boys sitting at the top. The boys have never been any
lower all season, but are well aware of the team from the
Eastern Panhandle who hunger for a state title. Jefferson High
School has been the state runner-up the past 3 years, while
Midland has won back to back state titles. The teams will meet
for the first time this season at the WV State Championship on
October 29th at Cabell Midland High School.
While Midland's boys team have been on top the
entire season, Jacob Burcham has done likewise in the individual
rankings. Joining him in the top 10, is teammate Tyler Salmons
at 4th place. While Midland has 2 runners in the top 10,
Jefferson also puts 2 in the top 10 and 4 in the top 14. Both
programs have great teams and the state meet showdown should be
a good one.
10/14/11 Midland Boys Win MSAC
It's been since
September 3rd since the Midland squad has competed on West
Virginia soil. The boys team was looking for some redemption
after a disappointing performance at the Geico Classic back in
September. They found it with putting 5 runners on the 1st Team
All MSAC and and winning the MSAC team title.
Jacob Burcham would add another victory to his
resume and did it with ease in a time of 16:26 on a wet and
muddy course at Cedar Lakes. Teammate, Tyler Salmons, was a
close 2nd in 16:46 followed by Jeremy Waugh in 17:29, Avery
Campbell (17:45), Eric Wooten (17:46), Jared King (17:49), and
Brian Lawhon (18:05) to round out Midland's Elite 7.
On the girls side, the Lady Knights turned in
a solid showing with a 3rd place team finish. Jorden Thornton
led her team with a 4th place overall in 20:45 despite being
sick the night before the race. Teammate, Kendall McNeely, ran
22:13 followed by Kelsey Dillon (22:30), Jenna Marsh (22:33),
Morgan Chittum (22:49), Hannah Asebes (23:01), and Molly Darling
(23:45) to round out Midland Top 7 runners.
The Knights will be back in action on Thursday
(October 20th) for the Region IV Championship at the Hurricane
10/13/11 Midland set for MSAC Championship
Cabell Midland will be heading to Cedar Lakes
in Ripley, WV for the MSAC XC Championship. the team is set and
ready to perform despite any rain or muddy conditions.
This meet will not only serve as to who is
Conference Champions, but plays a major role in determining
Midland's Elite 7 on both the girls and boys side. There are
several runners determine to make the Elite 7, but only 7 can
compete in the upcoming Regional & State Championships. though
the front runners have made solid performances for their spots,
the 6 & 7 spots are wide open for who can perform under this
10/2/11 Midland competes against the Big
Midland's Varsity team packed their bags and headed South to
warmer weather to compete in the Great American Cross Country
Festival in Cary, NC. Teams as far as California made the trip
to Cary, which ranked as the top Cross Country meet in the
nation for this weekend.
Jorden Thornton would throw down a 19:22 to
place 8th overall in the Red Varsity race. This time would be
her fastest of the season so far. Thornton was followed by
Kelsey Dillon in 20:34, Kendall McNeely 21:14, Morgan Chittum
21:48, Hannah Asebes 22:02, and Jenna Marsh 22:04 to round out
Midland's top 6 runners.
In the Boys Meet of Champions race, Jacob
Burcham would share the lead most of the race with several
different runners. With just over 400 meters to go, Burcham
looked in control, but a late charge from Florida's, Daniel
Moore, put him in the lead to move past Burcham for the win.
Moore's 14:57.2 would set a new course record and mark him as
the first athlete to break 15 for this course. Burcham would be
a close 2nd in 15:00.2 to tie the old course record. Burcham is
still building his training for his late season meets, which
come in early December.
Tyler Salmons would set a PR of 15:50 for 27th
overall, while Jeremy Waugh (16:40), Brian Lawhon (16:44), and
Eric Wooten (17:17) rounded out Midland's top 5 runners.
The Knights will be back in action on October
12th in Ripley, WV for the MSAC Championship. The meet will be
held at Cedar Lakes.
10/1/11 Jarrell & Nelson lead Midland in
While the Varsity runners of Midland were
banging elbows with the best in the country at the Great
American Cross Country Festival in Cary, NC, Midland's reserve
varsity runners were back home competing in the Path to Curve 5K
on the streets of Huntington. The race attracted nearly 700
runners despite the rainy, cold weather conditions.
Austin Jarrell led the way with a PR of 17:54,
which was good enough for 3rd place overall. Close behind was
Brandon Atkinson setting a PR of 17:58 and 4th place overall. On
the girls side, Shelby Nelson would set a PR of 22:24 followed
by teammate, Molly Darling, in 22:30.
Most of Midland runners set new 5K PR's and
had a great showing for the Knight's XC Program.
9/25/11 Midland Reserve win Varsity race
at Rio Grande
the Varsity stayed home and did a Tempo run work-out at B'ville
Park, the Reserve Varsity were taking care of business at the Rio Grande
Invitational. It would be Freshman, Brandon Atkinson leading the
Knights to a 3 point victory over Fairfield Union with his 9th
place finish overall. A few seconds back, Jacob Dillinger and
Austin Jarrell would finish 10th and 11th place. Hunter Adkins
would come across in 20th place, while Freshman, Jacob
Whitmore's 49th place sealed the deal and gave the Knights a
surprising Team Championship.
Midland girls Reserve runners would finish a
solid 5th in the girls Varsity race. It would be Shelby Nelson
leading the way for the Lady Knights, while teammate Molly
Darling was close behind. Rounding out Midland's top 5 were
Ashley Stump, Taylor Adkins, and Casey Ellis.
For full results go to
the Cross Country section. Click on Regular Season Results to
the left of the page to find the Rio Grande Invitational.
Midland Varsity runners will be back in action
next Saturday in Cary, NC for the Great American Cross Country
9/22/11 Burcham ranked number #4 in Nation
latest ESPNRise rankings are out and you don't have to read far
down the list before seeing Jacob Burcham's name. Burcham comes
in at the number #4 position behind Senior Futsum Zeinasellassie
of Indiana, Edward Cherserek from New Jersey, and Tony
Smoragiewicz of South Dakota.
Burcham's next test will come at the Great
American Festival in Cary, NC.
Link to Elite XC Top 25 click on the
9/22/11 Rio Grande up next for Midland
The Knights will send their Reserve Varsity up
the river this coming Saturday to compete in the Rio Grande
Invitational. The Varsity will train through this weekend and
travel the following weekend to Cary, NC for the Great American
Cross Country Festival.
Races at Rio Grande begin at 1:20pm for the
girls and 2:40pm for the boys.
9/7/11 Improvement in Louisville
After a heat scorcher at the Geico Classic 2
weeks ago, the Trinity Invitational brought very pleasant
weather for all the runners competing on Saturday. Midland's
main goal was to improve upon their Geico Classic performance,
which the Knights achieved by far.
Jacob Burcham took on all challengers and came
away with the victory and a new PR with a time of 15:03.
Following next for the Knights would be Tyler Salmons, who
would be right at his PR with a time of 15:57. Avery Campbell,
Brian Lawhon, & Jeremy Waugh would round out the top 5 with
times of 16:36, 16:36, and 16:44. Hunter Adkins would lead the
Boys Reserve Varsity in a time of 18:25 followed by Jacob
Dillinger (18:40), Daniel Parlock (18:57), Luke Short (19:42),
and Amos Parlock (19:43) to round out the top 5. In the Boys
Freshman race, Austin Jarrell would lead Midland with a time of
18:32 and good enough for 14th overall. Rounding out the top 5
were Brandon Atkinson (18:43), Jacob Whitmore (19:29), Jasper
Gue (19:39) and Grant Briers (20:38).
In the girls Varsity, Jorden Thornton led with
a time of 19:59 followed by Kelsey Dillon (20:29), Kendell
McNeely (21:30), Morgan Chittum (21:41), and Hannah Asebes
(22:06). In the Girls Reserve race, Jenna Marsh led the way for
the Knights with a time of 22:17. Teammates, Jess Hutchinson
(22:24), Jaime Schussler (22:50), Ashley Stump (23:03), and
Molly Darling (23:03) rounded out Midland's top 5.
Midland will split their team in the next 2
weeks. Midland Reserve Varsity runners will be heading to Rio
Grande this coming Saturday, while the Varsity will wait a week
and travel to Cary, NC for the Great American Cross Country
Check out pics in the picture section for the
Trinity Invitational. Also, go to
www.runwv.com for full results.
9/7/11 Louisville next for Midland
On September 17th, Midland makes their way to
Louisville, Ky for the Trinity Invitational, which is the oldest
Invitational in Kentucky. This marks the 56th year that Trinity
has hosted the meet. Powerhouse, Carmel from Indiana will be on
hand to defend their 2010 title.
A Charter Bus will transport the Knights down
on Friday, so runners can view & work out on the course. This
will be an overnight trip for the Knights who will be staying in
a Hotel 2 miles from the course.
9/3/11 Weather biggest challenge at Geico
Geico Classic served as Midland's opener for the 2011 season and
two things stood in the way of Midland boys repeating as Team
Champions. The first was teams from WV and surrounding states
and the second was the "Brutal" weather conditions. Both were
too much for Midland and they got "spanked" on their home
course. However, Jacob Burcham went untouched and cruised to a
35 second victory over the next competitor. Jeremy Waugh & Eric
Wooten ran very solid for Midland, but waiting on Midland's
4th-6th runners was not a typical Midland team. It took some
time and other teams took advantage of it and Midland had to
settle for 4th place overall.
In the girls varsity, Jorden Thornton did her
usual and ran like a beast. She ran an impressive 5th overall
with a time 20:32 in the hot hot hot conditions. The next
runners coming across the line for Midland were Kelsey Dillon,
Alex Ellis, Morgan Chittum, Brie Bellomy, Hannah Asebes , and
Kendell McNeeley rounded out Midland's top 7. The girls team
were solid and Coach Parsons was pleased.
In the Boys Reserve Varsity, it was all Steven
Egnatoff running to an 18 second over the 2nd place finishers.
The boys reserve would finish in the runner-up spot behind a
strong Parkersburg team.
In the Girls Reserve Varsity, Jaime Schussler
would lead her team to a 2nd place finish behind powerhouse