The 2010 Midwest Meet of Champions is loaded with many of the top teams and individuals throughout Ohio and surrounding states! Each of the past 2 years the team champions at the MMOC have gone on to win big school state titles. Magnificat and St Ignatius won titles in 2009 and are back this year to challenge for the title. The MMOC course is flat and very spectator friendly and we could see some blazing times on October 2nd at Hilliard Darby High School!
Cabell Midland has 2 meets scheduled this week, but the team will be splitting up for them. On Thursday, most of the team will be competing in the George Washington Invitational in Tornado, WV at Meadow Park.
A select group will be traveling to Columbus, OH on Saturday to compete in the prestigious Midwest Meet of Champions.
Cabell Midland proved Saturday that they were worthy of their Powerade FAB 50 Bubble team ranking. The Knights would face their toughest competition so far this season at the Trinity Invitational in Louisville, Ky on Saturday morning. Teams from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, & West Virginia toed the starting line in hopes of running fast and proving that their state had the best runners.
Jacob Burcham would lead the Knights with his 3rd place finish in a blistering 15:19, which is the fastest WV 5K this season. His time also ranks him the number #2 Sophomore in the nation less than 2 seconds off Jacob Thomson of Holy Cross 15:17+. Cabell Midland would finish 5th overall out of 55 teams and 415 runners. Following Burcham would be Tyler Salmons 16:06 (26th), Ryan Smith 16:26 (50th), Jeremy Waugh 16:31 (54th), Steven Egnatoff 16:37 (61st), Avery Campbell 16:54 (87th), and David Jobe 16:56 (92nd).
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).