Quanesha Burks, a graduate of Hartselle High School, will be living the Olympic dream when she travels to Tokyo to compete in the 2020 Olympics. Burks competed in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregan, where she finished third to punch her ticket to Tokyo in “Long Jump” for Team USA.

After graduating from Hartselle High School, Burks continued her phenomenal track career at the University of Alabama. While at Hartselle High School, Burks won a state championship in the 100-meter dash, long jump, and triple jump. While at Alabama, she won multiple Southeastern Conference and NCAA championships. She was the first woman to win a long jump championship at the University of Alabama. She has competed and won gold at multiple national track competitions during her tenure as a track star.

Quanesha said, “I can’t even put into words how I’m soo grateful for my family, friends, Facebook family, and my community! HARTSELLE ALABAMA Stand Up! Honestly, the entire 256 stand up!!! I’m not just an Olympian, but WE ARE ALL OLYMPIANS because everyone has played a part in my life to be successful! I want to deeply THANK YOU! Thank you for believing in little old me when I didn’t believe in myself at times. Thank you for all the support I’ve received over the years in basketball and track and continued support. I want to personally THANK EVERYONE. I have read every single post/comment, and I wish I could respond to every single person, but that would take over a month, haha. To all the coaches/teachers that invested so much time in me, I want to thank YOU!”

Rather it be a lawyer, doctor, garbage man, sports star, or a United States of America Olympian. As a small child, we all have dreams and aspirations to grow up and do something special in our own way. Our goals can be achieved with determination and hard work. From a young age, Quanesha Burks learned the value of hard work and never giving up on a dream. While in high school, track and field was something she knew she was could at, and she set her sights on being the best she could be. She set goals and shattered them but only to push herself harder and break the next goal. Quanesha Burks set a goal to become an Olympian, and she did just that. Her next obstacle will be to bring home an Olympic medal to her small town of Hartselle and show others that no matter the outcome, try your absolute best and be the best you can be at whatever you do in life.

Congratulations to Quanesha Burks, all of your neighbors in the Cullman community will be pulling hard for you in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.