The Midland girls have made a gradual improvement all season, but today was a bigger jump in the right direction. The girls would finish 3rd overall, but only would be 2 points back of Hurricane and 9 points from overall team Champion, Parkersburg.
Jorden Thornton continues to be consistent for the Lady Knights coming in 2nd overall earning All MSAC honors. She would do a quick warm down and off to Charleston for a varsity soccer game. Joining Thornton on the 1st team were Alex Ellis and Kelsey Dillon finishing 7th and 8th overall. Clara Stephens would finish a solid 13th overall earning 2nd team All MSAC. Rounding out Midland's top 7 would be Abby Triplett, Jorden Colliflower, and Morgan Chittum. Also competing for the Lady Knights were Casey Ellis, Shelby Nelson, Jamie Shussler, Hannah Asebes, Jess Hutchinson, and Laken Adkins.
The girls will face off again with Parkersburg and Hurricane next week at the Region IV Championship at the Teays Valley Wave Park in Hurricane. The meet serves as the WV State Championship qualifier. The meet will be Thursday (October 21st) with the girls race at 4:30pm followed by the boys race at 5:15pm.
Jacob Burcham is making some noise on the National level with his recent ranking on the prestigious Dyestat Elite Boys Top 25. These 25 high school boy runners are picked from across the nation. There are 18 seniors, 4 juniors, and 3 sophomores ranked in the top 25. The following was found on ESPNRise.com written by Steve Underwood who is the Senior Editor for Dyestat.com:
"Meanwhile, a growing number of fans of the sport on a national level have become aware of Jacob Burcham*, especially since last spring when the Midland Cabell (Ona, W. Va.) soph (then a freshman) started attracting attention with his epic triples and, eventually, a 4:15.10 mile in the frosh race at NBN that scared the national class record. Fans learned that Burcham had also excelled the previous fall in WV while combining football and limited XC. Now that he’s decided to put his eggs in the XC, he’s just been getting better and better, with the latest effort last weekend – a 15:05 5k behind Mason (Mason, Ohio) senior Zach Wills at the Midwest Meet of Champions – elevating him into the top 25 for the first time."
Look for more on Burcham and Lyerly in an upcoming story this weekend on http://rise.espn.go.com/track-and-xc/index.aspx?pursuit=TrackAndXC
After Jacob Burcham's Midwest Meet of Champions performance, he has cracked Milesplit XC Top 25 in 20th position among all high school grade levels in the nation. Milesplit.com XC Super 50 ranks the top 25 boys and top 25 girls high school runners across the nation solely on their performances at legit meets.
Burcham also has the number #1 sophomore time in the nation with his 15:05 at the Midwest Meet of Champions.
To read more click on http://usa.milesplit.com/articles/51245
After a 2 week training period since the Trinity Invitational, Midland headed to Dublin, Ohio for the Midwest Meet of Champions to face another top notch field. This marks only the 3rd time Midland has raced this season and the strategy is paying off with big results each time from the Midland runners.
The MMOC competition offered numerous elite teams and individuals in all races along with a well groomed fast course. The temperatures were near 60 degrees with a strong breeze throughout the course. However, the breeze appeared not to slow down the runners too much and the meet produced some fast times along with strong team showings. LaSalle would come out on top with Medina and Cabell Midland rounding out the top 3 spots.