"It was a real mix of emotions, because, obviously I'm tickled to death for Dylan," Wyant said, "but I felt like I done something dirty. Burcham was so great, because, Dylan, after the race said, 'I've got to find him, just to shake his hand,' and he did, and Burcham gave him a big smile like 'Oh, you got me.' It was good for both of them. I don't think we'll be seeing Jacob get beat much more this year."
It's not likely Rich will place anywhere than first this season as well.
While Rich currently holds the state record in the mile, Rich said his favorite event is the 800.
Rich's experience as a cross country runner has provided him the tools to excel when it comes to his track events, he said.
"You definitely need the foot speed, the leg turnover that you usually wouldn't have during cross (country), but I do think cross really helped me out with my endurance in the 800," he said.
In addition to the 800 and mile, Rich runs on the 4x800 relay team and individually the two-mile (3200). In 2012, Rich placed sixth at the state meet in the 3200.
"His better events are the 800 and the mile," Wyant said. "He's getting better as a distance runner. He's going to be in the top right there at the end of the year in all three events: the 3200, and the 1600 and 800. I'm not making any predictions, but he's going to be right there in the top."
As Rich continues to build strength and confidence, Wyant said he's certain there's room for Rich to raise the bar higher and reach for greater goals.
"We haven't seen the best of what he's going to do yet," Wyant said. "He's getting stronger and stronger. Confidence, I think, is the big thing that's kicking in for him.
"We haven't seen the best of him yet. He's going to keep getting better and better. By the end of the year, he's going to be turning some heads."