A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Jacob Burcham
School: Cabell Midland (Ona, W.Va.)
Athletic achievement: Burcham raced to his second straight Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:47.59, leading the Knights to second place as a team. The 2010-11 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, he broke the tape ahead of 361 fellow competitors at this fall’s Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational, clocking a time of 15:03.
Academic excellence: Burcham has maintained a 3.81 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth running coach and on behalf of his school’s Interact Club organizing fundraisers to benefit underprivileged families in his community.
“Despite being a tremendous individual runner, Jacob Burcham always puts the goals of his team first and his individual honors second,” said Cabell Midland head coach Chris Parsons. “He has inspired not only his teammates to achieve higher goals, he has also made a tremendous impact on the state of West Virginia.”
THE FUTURE: Burcham will begin his senior year of high school this fall.