• 37°

Former Jet sprinter flying high

CONTRIBUTED
CONTRIBUTED

MADISON – Josh Burks gave up baseball after his junior season at James Clemens High School to focus on getting better in track.

That was a decision he certainly hasn’t regretted.

Burks hit full stride as a senior with the Jets in 2015, signed a scholarship with Auburn and earned second-team All-America honors as a freshman during the spring outdoor season.

“It was pretty cool,’’ said Burks, who made All-American while running the third leg of the Tigers’ 4×100-meter relay team. “A year and a half ago, I didn’t think I’d be in this position.’’

His high school coach, Drew Bell, said he “loved’’ watching his former sprinter on TV during the national championships where Auburn’s 4×1 team placed 13th. According to Bell, he also enjoyed watching Burks bloom during his time with the Jets, for whom he set seven state records.

But he wasn’t surprised that Burks, who also runs the 100 and 200, continued to blossom in his first collegiate season.

“Josh can do whatever he wants to do,’’ Bell said. “He sets his goals. He has no self doubts and he’s very confident. I’m glad Auburn gave him a chance as a freshman.’’

Burks confirmed he’s big on setting goals. He headed to California this past weekend for the USA Junior Nationals but didn’t qualify for the world meet.

“The ultimate goal is for Auburn to be national champions,’’ he said.

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

Huntsville

Rookie Rally Chess Tournament returns to Blossomwood

Huntsville

Arts Huntsville awards $280,000 in grants to area arts organizations

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast reflects on MCS’ 25th anniversary

Madison

Regions Bank on Madison Blvd robbed again

Madison

JAN. 20 DEADLINE: Madison Visionary Partners asking for nominations for first annual MVP awards

Madison

Damaging winds, flooding possible tonight

Madison

Community remembers Donald Spencer’s public service

Madison

Water main break postpones Bob Jones vs. Austin basketball games

Madison

Library sessions to offer backyard planting tips to novice gardeners

Madison

Editorial: King’s words speak to all

Madison

Petition for Madison special election on city manager issue submitted to probate judges

Bob Jones High School

Columbia Drama Club to perform ‘Aladdin Jr.!’ in Zompa Auditorium

Madison

Guillebeau reflects on his life in latest book, ‘My World, and Welcome to It’

Madison

Senator Tom Butler appointed chairman of Senate State Governmental Affairs Committee

Senator Tom Butler appointed chairman of Senate State Governmental Affairs Committee

Madison

NEIGHBORS: Limestone resident took cover in closet; many in county lost power

x