Ke-ke Burks
Ke-ke  Burks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Madison, Wis.

High School:
Robert M. LaFollette HS

Last College:
University of North Dakota

Event:
Throws

Birthdate:
03/10/1994

Experience:
2 Letters


07/28/2016

Gophers Earn NCAA-Best 23 Academic Honors

Minnesota and Stanford each earned 23 USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals to lead NCAA Division I

06/21/2016

Season Recap: A Look Back at 2016

Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 campaign

05/27/2016

Seniors Lead Gophers' NCAA Qualifiers

Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship

05/23/2016

Gophers Set for NCAA West Prelim

Minnesota is sending 20 representatives to this week's NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan.

05/19/2016

Gophers Send 20 to NCAA West Prelim

Twenty Gophers have qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan., next week

05/14/2016

2016 Big Ten Women's Track Championship Day One

Photos from day one of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women's Track & Field Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.

01/16/2016

Women Track at Minnesota Open

Gophers host Minnesota Open Meet

07/21/2015

W. Track Big Ten Indoor Championships February 2015

Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.

06/02/2015

Ke-ke Burks

Photos of women's track and field student athlete Ke-ke Burks.

05/17/2015

Women's Track and Field at Big Tens 05.17.15

Women's Track and Field at Big Tens 05.17.15

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2016 Season - Indoor: Competed in the weight throw at six meets • recorded a career-best throw of 19.06m (62-06.50) to move into seventh in Minnesota history and place fifth at the Meyo Invite • placed 12th in the weight throw (18.80m, 61-08.25) at the Big Ten Championship.

2016 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • competed at eight meets with five appearances in discus and eight in hammer throw • placed eighth in hammer throw (60.13m, 197-03) and 16th in discus (45.07m, 147-10) at the Big Ten Championship • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in hammer throw, finishing 16th with a throw of 60.15m (197-04) • won the unseeded section of hammer with a career-best throw of 60.47m (198-04) at the Virginia Challenge • ended the season ranked fifth in program history in hammer throw (60.47m, 198-04) • recorded a season-best throw of 45.88m (150-06) in the discus at the Sun Angel Classic.

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.

2015 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree • competed at nine meets, including six meets competing in both the discus and the hammer throw • recorded a career-best throw of 58.90m (193-3) in the hammer throw to place seventh at the Big Ten Championship • ended the season ranked seventh in program history in the hammer (58.90m) • recorded a career-best throw of 51.12m (167-09) in the discus at UC San Diego • competed in both the hammer and the discus at the NCAA West Prelim • placed third in both the hammer (53.16m, 184-02) and the discus (47.62m, 156-02) at the Jaguar Challenge. 

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 (2016 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Weight Throw 62-06.50, 19.06m (AT-7th) Meyo Invite (2/5/16)
Burks' Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Discus 167-09, 51.12m UC San Diego (4/25/15)
Hammer Throw 198-04, 60.47m (AT-5th) Virginia Challenge (4/23/16)

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