High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cabell Midland

West Virginia Boys Track AOY: Jacob Burcham

June, 21, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year winners, click here.


THE WINNER: Jacob Burcham

THE BASICS

School: Cabell Midland (Ona, W.Va.)
Grade: Junior
Event(s): Middle-distance/distance
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 153 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: A two-time Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year and the returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Burcham won the 800-meter run, the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run for a second straight year at the Class AAA state meet, leading the Knights to second place as a team. He broke his own state record in the 3,200 with a time of 8:57.73, tied his state record in the 800 (1:54.01) and nearly matched his own state record of 4:08.80 in the 1,600, settling for a 4:08.91. Burcham also placed second at the adidas Grand Prix Dream Mile on June 9 with a state-record time of 4:02.73 and followed that a week later by winning the mile at the New Balance Natioanls Outdoor championships in 4:08.80.

Academic excellence: Burcham has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of his school’s Interact Club, he has volunteered locally doing routine maintenance and errands for the elderly and as a youth track coach and mentor.

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West Virginia Boys XC ROY: Jacob Burcham

January, 23, 2012
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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.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.


Return of the ROY: Jacob Burcham
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSJacob Burcham is the returning Gatorade West Virginia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
THE WINNER: Jacob Burcham

THE BASICS

School: Cabell Midland (Ona, W.Va.)
Grade: Junior
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

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.

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Return of the ROY: Jacob Burcham

October, 21, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Cross Country Runners of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Return of the ROY: Jacob Burcham
Walter Pinion/ESPNHSJacob Burcham is the returning Gatorade West Virginia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Name: Jacob Burcham

Position: Distance runner

Grade: Junior

School: Cabell Midland (W.V.)

College: Undecided

Height: 5-foot-9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade West Virginia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... 2010 First Team All-State selection ... 2009 and 2010 First Team All-Conference selection ... 2010 Class AAA state meet individual champion ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional fifth-place finisher ... 2010 Nike Cross Nationals Final 16th-place finisher

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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

1. Bridgeport High (Bridgeport, W.V.) kicker Connor Kornbrath
  • ESPNU position rank: No. 29 K
  • Height: 6-foot-5
  • Weight: 208 pounds
  • College: University of Iowa (verbal)
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Connor has a D1 frame as a punter. He has a short punting approach will should help with his snap to foot times. He has a fairly consistent drop, but his hands need work in catching the ball. His levers are long and leg speed is solid. He has a 4.7-4.8 'A' ball currently and is solid on kickoffs."

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