Burcham was just as dominant in Class AAA as the Knights standout captured the 800 (1:54.01), 1600 (4:08.91) and 3200 (8:57.73). Like Drazba, he is the state record holder in all three events although his winning time in the 1,600 fell .11 seconds off of his record mark of 4:08.80 set the year before.
Both carried that success into the fall, capturing their respective division's titles in cross country. Burcham lowered his own state-record mark of 15 minutes, 12.16 seconds when he crossed the finish line with a time of 14:58.04 while Drazba established a course mark of 17 minutes, 17.89 seconds in winning her third individual state championship during her four-year tenure at the Pleasants County school.
That was just the beginning, however, for both.
At the Grand Prix Dream Mile, Burcham set an all-time state mark of 4 minutes, 2.73 seconds, won the mile at the New Balance National Outdoor meet, placed second at the Penn Relays and third in the Nike Elite Mile in Oregon. He also took the individual title by a 10-second margin at the Nike Cross Regionals (15:09).
Drazba and University's Amelia Paladino became the first Mountain State females to qualify for the Footlocker Nationals. Drazba grabbed third place in the race with a time of 17:10 and later placed 22nd at the Footlocker National Championships, covering the 3.1-mile race in 18:06.
Both are expected to continue their running on the collegiate level and the Big 12. The University of Oklahoma is likely the landing spot for Burcham while Drazba is expected to join a long list of West Virginians that have competed for WVU.
"I've pretty much decided to run at West Virginia," said Drazba. "There are still a lot of people around the nation that I want to compete against."