Ke-ke Burks  
Ke-ke  Burks

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Madison, Wis.

High School:
Robert M. LaFollette HS

Last College:
University of North Dakota

Event:
Throws

Birthdate:
03/10/1994


05/21/2015

Eighteen Gophers Qualify for NCAA Prelim

Seven Gophers have qualified in multiple events, including Devin Stanford, Ke-ke Burks and Agnes Esser in the disc and hammer

05/17/2015

Gophers Take Third at B1G Championship

A program-record 4x400m relay performance highlights the final day of B1G action for the Gophers

05/16/2015

Herauf Wins B1G Heptathlon, Gophers Lead

Minnesota leads the team standings with 71 points through two days at the Big Ten Championship

05/15/2015

Gophers Second After B1G Day One

Minnesota is second in the team standings after day one of the Big Ten Championships

05/13/2015

Gophers Ready for B1G Championship

Minnesota travels to Michigan State for the Big Ten Outdoor Championship this Friday through Sunday

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2015 Season -- Indoor: Transferred to the University of Minnesota after competing for the University of North Dakota for two years • competed in the weight throw at six meets • ended the season ranked 10th among all-time Gopher throwers with a career-best throw of 17.20m (56-05.25) for 19th place at the Big Ten championship • placed third in the weight throw (17.05m, 55-11.25) at Parents Day Invite.

2014 Season: Competed for the University of North Dakota • placed fifth in the hammer throw (185-11, 56.68m) and sixth in the discus (150-4, 45.83m) at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships • won the hammer throw at the USD Snowbird with a career-best throw of 187-04 (57.11m) • placed second in the discus with a career-best throw of 151-8 (46.22m) at the Lyle Hokanson Classic • won the hammer throw at outdoor season-opening UNC Wilmington Seahawk Invitational (171-2, 52.18m) • placed 10th in the weight throw (53-10.25, 16.41m) at the Big Sky Indoor Track & Field Championships • took second in the weight throw with a career-best throw of 56-1 (17.09m) at the USD Twilight.

2013 Season: Began collegiate career at the University of North Dakota • earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors • advanced to the 2013 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships and placed 10th in the discus and 17th in the hammer throw • qualified for the USA championships in the hammer when she broke the UND school record at Drake's Jim Duncan Invitational with a mark of 168-10 • broke the UND school record in the weight throw at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championship with a throw of 54-6.75 to place eighth • recorded a Big Sky qualifier in the hammer with a mark of 164-0 at South Dakota's Dakota Duals • won the discus at the NDSU Tune-Up with a Big Sky automatic qualifying mark of 167-03 • won the hammer throw at the UNC-Wilmington Seahawk Invitational with a mark of 156-3 • varsity letterwinner.

High School: A 2012 graduate of Robert M. LaFollette High School • competed for coaches Becca Schmitz and Willie Collins • three-year letterwinner in track & field and basketball • 2011 Wisconsin Division 1 state champion in the discus • placed fifth in the discus at the 2012 Wisconsin Division 1 state meet • earned all-city honors in 2012.

Personal: Born March 10, 1994 • daughter of Aiesha Golden and Elvis Burks • full name is Yarkeisha • has eight siblings, Khiry, Jay, Darnell, Jalen, Portia, Pierre, EJ and Jayden • majoring in youth studies • enjoys dancing, singing, playing basketball and cooking.

Burks' Indoor Career Bests (2015 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Weight Throw 56-05.25, 17.20m (AT-10th) Big Tens (2/28/15)
Burks' Outdoor Career Bests (2014 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
Discus (competing for UND) 151-08, 46.22m Lyle Hokanson Classic (4/12/14)
Hammer Throw (competing for UND) 187-04, 57.11m USD Snowbird (4/5/14)