For a small state like West Virginia, there was certainly a large supply of Division I talent gracing the West Virginia State High School Track and Field Meet over the weekend at University of Charleston Stadium.
On the boys side the list included the following:
-Jefferson’s Dante Price is heading to Virginia Tech. The Cougar speedster won the 100, 200 and 400 along with running on the state champion 4x200 meter relay team.
-Cabell Midland’s Jacob Burcham is off to Oklahoma. Burcham anchored
the Class AAA 4x800 win on Friday night for the Knights and then later won the 3200 meters. On Saturday, he started the day with a win in the 1600 before settling for third in the 800. He owns the state record in the 800, 1600 and 3200. He’s also won the prestigious Ray McCoy Award as the state’s top male track and field athlete three straight years.
-Buffalo’s Dylan Rich, who won Class A’s 800, 1600 and 3200 events individually, will now run at Kentucky. Rich also anchored Buffalo’s 4x800 relay squad that won the title.
-Emily Godwin will be trading in the royal blue of Buckhannon-Upshur for the powder blue of North Carolina. The talented Godwin won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and long jump at the State Meet. She helped lead the Lady Bucs to the Class AAA state championship.
-Katie Jan of Frankfort is going to the Naval Academy to continue her running career. Jan won the 800, 1600 and 3200 to help pave the way for the Class AA crown for the Lady Falcons. It marked the first state title in the history of the Mineral County school.
-Maggie Drazba of St. Marys will next be running at WVU. Drazba won the 800, 1600 and 3200 for the Blue Devils. In addition, Drazba, who is the McCoy Award female winner, also was on the winning Class A 4x800 meter relay squad.
It will be nice to follow these athletes at the next level.
While the aforementioned are off to Division I programs, several other athletes from the State Meet will keep their careers going for Division II schools.