The race for the boys team and individual titles appears to be more clear-cut.
Cabell Midland, winner of every MSAC boys cross country title since 2000, is anchored by senior sensation Jacob Burcham and owns six of the 10 fastest individual times in the MSAC this season, with Burcham's 15:04.4 standing as the fastest by an MSAC runner by almost a minute and the fastest in West Virginia this season by 46 seconds.
Burcham's top time, oddly enough, was only fast enough for second place at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational in Louisville, Ky., earlier this season, behind Jacob Thompson, owner of the fastest time in Kentucky this season, from Holy Cross High School.
Burcham's time currently ranks as the 12th-fastest by a high schooler in the country this season (Thompson is third on that list).
You do not win 12 consecutive MSAC championships with a one-man team, however. Midland's Avery Campbell, Brian Lawhon, Jeremy Waugh, Andrew Short, David Globe and Nick Slamons all have top-10 times among MSAC runners this season.
One Kanawha Valley runner is among the top runners in the conference. George Washington's Matthew Brafford took third place at last year's MSAC meet and currently owns the second-fastest time in the conference, running a 16:03 at the Chik-Fil-A Invitational in Mineral Wells in early September.
Reach Tom Bragg at tom.br...@wvgazette.com.