Marshall’s Burt Blazes in to Hamline Elite Meet
Sophomore Sprinter Among the Fastest in Minnesota
Merely calling Marshall School sophomore Jack Burt ‘fast’ would be an understatement.
“Last meet i ran a :10.89,” Burt said of a recent time in the 100 meter dash.
Already a two–time State Meet qualifier, Burt went to the State finals last year in the 100 and 200. This year, he’s earned an invite to the prestigious Hamline Elite Meet.
“Being a 10th grader, it’s really surprising, almost,” Burt says of qualifying. “But it’s also really gratifying knowing I’m with the best.”
It’s not easy to qualify for the Hamline Elite Meet. Runners have to post one of the best times in their event in the entire state, regardless of class. That’s pretty elite competition, and Burt qualified twice.
“I was unaware that it was both AA and A,” Burt said. “That makes it a little more exciting.”
Burt is one of only 18 in all of Minnesota to qualify in the 100, one of nine in the 200.
“It’s quite an accomplishment going in both the 100 and the 200,” said Burt’s coach Brenda Pluntz.
Despite his young age, Burt realizes the magnitude of his accomplishment, and is understandably proud.
“It really demonstrates the success I’m having this year,” said Burt. “Hopefully I can build upon it in the next couple years.”
Burt heads to Hamline confident, but at the same time, realistic about his chances.
“I’m not aiming to win,” Burt said. “(To) make the finals in the 100 would be sweet. Top 5 in the 200 would be fun.”
But Pluntz believes that with Burt’s work ethic, the sky’s the limit.
“He sets goals for himself at every meet, he knows pretty much what time he wants to get,” Pluntz said of her star sprinter. “He works on his strength after practice he’s a hard worker.”
That hard work is definitely paying off.