IF YOU READ this column with any regularity, you know I write about track and field as much as I write about my favorite cooking recipes. (For the record, though, my favorite recipe: Place meal in microwave. Pull back corner of film to vent. Cook on full for three minutes. Spoon gravy over meat and stir vegetables. Cook for another two minutes and let sit for one.)
For once, though, I'm moved to write of this weekend's state track meet in Charleston. It could be something special - something the casual sports fan might want to take in.
In Tuesday's Gazette, you got a taste of what I'm cooking here. Jacob Burcham, a junior at Cabell Midland, has a chance to be the best distance runner in West Virginia history - if he isn't already.
He'll run in four events and has far and away the best times this season in the 800-meter run (1:53.0), 1,600 (4:08.04) and 3,200 (9:00.21). He already holds the state-meet records in all three and could break all three again.
If you still doubt whether he's The Man, know he participated in the prestigious Penn Relays and lost a race to the finish in the mile to Craig Engels of North Carolina by 4:09.49 to 4:09.42.
He is NOT, however, the only attraction. (If he were, I wouldn't be writing this. I promise.)
Check out these other marquee qualifiers and see if, like me, your interest is piqued.