Burks sets pair of state recordsPublished 1:03pm Monday, February 4, 2013
Hartselle High School senior Quanesha Burks is Alabama’s new Class 5A record holder in the indoor 60-meter dash and triple jump.
They were among 23 HHS track athletes who competed at the 2013 State Indoor Track Championships at the CrossPlex in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday.
Burks ran a 7.73 time in the finals of the 60-meter dash, beating her own record time of 7.75 in the preliminary race. In the triple jump, she leaped 38-6.5 to set a new 5A record, eclipsing the previous record of 36-5.5, set by St. Paul’s Lacey Dent in 2012.
She also claimed championship honors in the long jump with a leap of 18-1.
Senior Hunter Grantland also captured a state championship medal in the boys Class 5A 60-meter dash. He won the event with a time of 7.11 in the finals after posting a 7.13 time in the preliminary race. Grantland came in second in the race in 2012.
In team standings, Hartselle finished fifth in the girls division and 11th in the boys division.
“I’m very proud of our team for the way it performed at state,” said head coach Kenneth Lopez. “Quanesha (Burks) and Hunter (Grantland) were especially impressive as they won their events and brought home state championship medals. I also feel good about the progress other team members are making. This puts us in a good position gong into our outdoor track season.”
Other girls team members who finished high in their events are listed as follows: Jessica Hickerson, 18th in the 400-meter dash; Reagan Bowling and Abigail Davis, 11th and 15th, respectively, in the 800-meter run and ninth and 13th, respectively, in the 1600-meter run; Taylor Barnett and Ivy Buchanan, seventh and 12th, respectively, in the 3200- meter run; Alex Harris, 10th in the 60-meter hurdles; 4×200 relay, 9th; and 4×400 relay, sixth.
Boys finishing high in the events are listed as follows: James Glenn, 10th in the shot put; Steven Cleek and Austin Davis, 12th and 17th, respectively, in the 400-meter dash; Chase Barnett and Jon Paulsen, 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 800-meter run; Aaron Davis and Chase Barnett, 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 1600-meter run; Mason McGee, m ninth in the 60-meter hurdles; 4×200 relay, 8th; and 4×400 relay, 12th.