Like Burcham and most of the other 3,200 runners, Rich has the 1,600 this morning and 800 in the afternoon, with a repeat of the humid conditions of Friday afternoon possible.
"As long as the wind didn't blow, the rain didn't affect me," Rich said. "I'm trying to save some energy for tomorrow's races. I just wanted to get a commanding lead and be able to cruise it in."
Midland took a slight 32-29 edge over defending champion Jefferson after six events. The Cougars, known more for their sprint prowess, picked up two points in the 3,200 by answering Midland's 1-5 finish with a 3-4 punch.
Ritchie County took a 31-21 lead over Roane County in boys AA, with Webster County and Fairmont Senior tied at 18. In Class A, Doddridge County is ahead 35-24 over Williamstown, with Buffalo third at 23. Charleston Catholic is tied for fourth with 12.
Catholic's girls - Peyton Keener, Sarah Joseck, Quincy McKown and Payton Mullen - started the day with a win in the 4x800, with Mullen outkicking Williamstown down the final 100 meters.
Williamstown has the team lead in girls Class A with 36 points, followed by Tucker County with 30. Catholic is fifth at 14.
Bridgeport is leading girls AA with 30 points, with Oak Glen second at 21. In girls AAA, Buckhannon-Upshur has a large advantage, 45-18, over Morgantown and Hurricane.
The Bucs swept the shot and discus, and took the shuttle hurdle relay for the fourth year in a row. And consider this: Emily Godwin has all four of her events today - the two hurdle races, the long jump and high jump.
Field events continue at 9 a.m. today, with the 400 beginning the running events at 10.
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