Oct. 30, 2013
RollTide.com caught up with each new member of the track and cross country team to find out more about them. Today, we feature Quanesha Burks, a freshman from Hartselle, Ala. Burks is the Alabama Class 5A record holder in the indoor 60-meter dash and indoor triple jump.
Why did you choose Alabama?
It was the right school. I enjoyed the coaches and felt at home on my visit here.
How did your family react to your college decision?
They basically said "Roll Tide Roll." They didn't want me to go far, but they didn't know where I was going until signing day when they had to sign the papers. When my mom saw the papers from Alabama, she said, "So you're going to Alabama?" She was really excited.
When did you begin competing and why?
I started competing in seventh grade, but it was just to stay in good condition for basketball.
When did you realize you could compete at the Division 1 level?
I won state my sophomore year and knew I had potential to go far in track. Then, things got switched around. I kept playing basketball to stay in good condition for track.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is being able to go to college and continue playing my sport in college.
What goals do you have for this season?
I want to get better. I don't want to worry about finishing in first place or placing in meets. I know I have a lot of work to do. I'm excited to see what I can do once I get all this technique and everything figured out.
What is one weakness that you'd like to improve moving forward?
Everything is all new for me, so right now, I'm just trying to get a handle on everything.
Have you decided on a major?
I'm undeclared right now.
What is your dream job?
I want to be an elementary school teacher or a sports psychologist.
Is there any other athlete, either professional or collegiate, that inspires you?
(Olympic Gold Medalist) DeeDee Trotter. I talked to her on Twitter once. We had a good conversation. I asked if she would follow me, and she did. She has a charity called "Test Me, I'm Clean", and that's inspirational. She's standing up for people who aren't taking steroids or drugs to get better.
Aside from track, what is your favorite sport?
Athletes have strict diet regimens, but if there is one food you cannot live without, what is it?
What's on your iPod right now?
Christian music and some Lana Del Rey.