Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship
Minnesota is sending 20 representatives to this week's NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan.
Twenty Gophers have qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in Lawrence, Kan., next week
Minnesota and Michigan tied for the Big Ten Conference title this weekend
Jess Lehman and Audra Winter score in the Big Ten heptathlon competition to lead the Gophers
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.
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: 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 • USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree.
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 (2015 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|Discus||167-09, 51.12m||UC San Diego (4/25/15)|
|Hammer Throw||193-03, 58.90m (AT-7th)||Big Tens (5/15/15)|
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
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.
Day One NCAA West Prelim Action Postponed
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's competition at the NCAA West Prelim is postponed until Friday.