Emily Wilkinson and Michael Burrus Set New ’08 All Class Marks At Titan Classic

Posted on April 26, 2008. Filed under: High School Track & Field | Tags: |

By Will Cummings
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Westside’s Emily Wilkinson leaps 18′ 6 1/2″ to win Titan Classic at Papillion-La Vista South High.  


    You  wouldn’t  think that a track meet the Monday after spring break and following a week of cold wet weather would produce much in the way of top performances. But two athletes: Westside’s Emily Wilkinson and Papillion-La Vista’s Michael Burrus somehow managed to  shatter this season’s All Class top performances in the girls long jump and the boys 100 meter. 

    Wilkinson performed her magic by leaping 18′ 6 1/2″ to claim first place in the girls long jump; thereby,  beating this year’s longest recorded jump by 7 inches. The jump was no fluke as she consistently jumped close to eighteen feet on almost all her jumps with one traveling 18′ 2″,  before recording her best leap. Right after filming her best jump,  I spoke with Wilkinson’s jubilant coach, Steve Gordon. “I knew it was a good jump, but I was still surprised it went that far,”  Gordon said.  Gordan has helped  in coaching Wilkinson for the past three years. And you could tell by the seemingly perpetual  smile on his face that he knows that he has someone special in Wilkinson.

    Michael Burrus, who may well have won this past football  season’s rushing title if he had not injured his ankle, had fortune go his way on Monday in the 100 meter sprint when Burke’s Dale Ervin was disqualified for a false start.  Ervin soundly beat Burrus a little over a week ago despite a bad start. This time Ervin over compensated and it cost him.  Burrus took advantage and he burned the track to a time of 10.69 . His  mark is 11 tenths better than the season’s previous best time. But right on Burrus’ heels was Burke’s Jake Marousek who ran his first open 100 meter of the season clocking in at 10.74. 

    Thus far, Marousek’s time is the  second fastest time recorded in the state this year.  Marousek continued to impress by winning the 300 meter hurdles in a time of 40.92.  The 300 hurdles is a new race for Marousek who ran his first 300 just last week.  Watch out for this kid as he continues to mature on the track and on the football field—he is the real deal!  So too  is  Burrus, who picked up a second win in the 200 meters with a time of 22.17.  Watching these two guys run—I can’t wait until the fall to see these two seniors to be on the football field.

     Our Highlight Performer of the Meet goes to Michael Burrus.  Other noteworthy performers were: Allison Jorgensen of Grand Island who set a new  Class A season mark of 12.27 in the 100 meter. Jorgensen  also won the 200 meter with a time of 26.84; Lincoln Northeast’s Porter Groves long jumped 22′ 9″ and triple jumped 45′ 6″ to win both events; Xavier Thompson from Papillion moves up the high jump chart with his hop of 6′ 4″.  Team Champions— Lincoln Northeast (boys)  and Grand Island (girls).

NOTE:    Dale Ervin  simply had a terrible day!  After his false start, Ervin pulled up going into the third turn of the 400 meter.  It’s  most likely a hamstring  injury: How severe? I don’t know.  All I know for sure is that Ervin is  on  top of my list to win the All Class 100 meter title. Hopefully, he will be back to speed in a couple of weeks.”

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