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

Experience:
1 Letter


07/17/2015

USTFCCCA Honors Gophers for Academics

Eighteen Gophers have been named 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees

07/13/2015

Season Recap: A Look Back at 2015

Take a look back at Minnesota's 2015 track & field season

05/29/2015

Markland, Spagnola Break Program Records

Minnesota program records fell in the 400m dash and 100m hurdles on day two of the NCAA West Prelim

05/28/2015

Stanford Punches Ticket to NCAA Championship

Action continues at the NCAA West Preliminary Friday and Saturday

05/26/2015

Gophers Head to Texas for NCAA Prelim

Eighteen Gophers will represent the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA West Prelim this week

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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.

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 (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 (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)