The weather decided to give runners a break from previous weeks of hot and humid conditions for the Geico Classic held on the campus of Cabell Midland High School. The Geico Classic is the largest meet in West Virginia with 1,117 runners finishing on Saturday.
Jacob Burcham wasted no time charging to the lead early in the race and the clock became his biggest challenger. Burcham had one goal on Saturday and it was to break the course record, which was set back in 2008 by North Marion's Zach Tennant. Burcham crossed the line in 15:48 plus, which broke the old record by 4 seconds.
Burcham would lead his squad to the overall team title with an impressive 42 points. Ryan Smith would finish in 16:51 good enough for 5th overall followed by Tyler Salmons 17:05 (8th), Steven Egnatoff 17:20 (13th), Jeremy Waugh 17:30 (15th), and Matthew Edmunds 18:18 (35th).
In the boys Reserve Varsity race, David Jobe would crush the old course record by 33 seconds with a time of 17:43. The old mark was 18:16 set last year by Midland's Collin Meadows. Midland had 5 runners under the old course record that included Avery Campbell 17:48 (2nd), Andrew Ferguson 17:58 (3rd), Mason Dino 18:00 (4th), and Jared King 18:14 (5th). Midland's Freshman, Eric Wooten finished 6th (18:27) giving Midland a perfect score of 15 points and the Team Title.
On the girls side, Jorden Thornton lead the Lady Knights with a 8th place finish in a time of 20:25. Thornton was followed by Kelsey Dillon 21:47 (21st), Alex Ellis 21:48 (22nd), Morgan Chittum 22:36 (45th) Abby Triplett 24:54 (67th), and Casey Ellis 25:23 (76th). The girls would finish 4th overall behind University, Preston, and Hurricane High Schools.
In the Girls Reserve Varsity race , Jorden Colliflower finished 19th for a medal with a time of 23:59. She was followed by Shelby Nelson 24:48 (29th), Emily Harbour 25:17 (33rd), Jess Hutchinson 25:37 (38th), and Caitlin Smith 26:32 (43rd) to round out Midland's top five. Midland would finish 5th overall in the team race.