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Track Superstar Javanique Burruss Goes Out With A Bang

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All of Louisa County track star Javanique Burruss's accomplishments are as follows:

Six outdoor individual state titles, Three consecutive Long Jump (LJ), Two in the 100 meter Hurdles (HH), one in the triple jump.

Defending state indoor track champion in the 55m HH and LJ.  State records in indoor 55m HH, LJ and Outdoor LJ.

January 2012 - Ranked first in the nation in the long jump at 20' 1.

December 2012 - Ranked 1st in the nation in the 55m HH at 8.15 and ranked 6th in the nation in the triple jump.

New Balance All-American in the long jump and on the 4x100m relay in 2012. 

New Balance All-American in the outdoor long jump in 2011.

Junior Olympic All-American in the long jump in middle school.

Numerous school, district and regional records.

Athlete of the year on numerous occasions for the Jefferson district, Free Lance Star and Daily Progress.

In regards to that long list of nods, Burruss said, "I wanted to go out with a bang."

Burruss is finishing her high school career as one of the top track stars in the nation.

Louisa County track head coach Jerry Cutright said, "Its not often that you get an athlete of her caliber in your program."

Her best friend and teammate, Monica Mallory said, "She's all of our role models. She's just amazing and I love her to death."

At times, Burruss trumps her competition by as much as a foot in the long jump.

"I can't really explain the feeling but that I can do that is ...its kind of overwhelming at times," said Burruss. 

Cutright added, "she is the type of athlete that is very unassuming."

Her mother, LaShawn said, "She doesn't like for you to brag on her or talk about her accomplishments - she just wants to be known as Javanique."

One of Burruss's specialty's is the 55-meter hurdle - but it hasn't always been a love affair.

"My ninth grade year I fell at regional's and after that I wanted to stop but my coach he pushed me through and I'm glad he did because he's an amazing guy and I wouldn't have made it this far without him doing that," said Burruss. 

Burruss is always rocking the poker face.

Burruss said, "I keep focused on my race and my lane the whole time."

You can easily find her best friend Monica Mallory keeping her upbeat during tense moments around the track.

Mallory said, "We do our warm up lap together. We stretch together. We do pretty much everything together. We're sisters. Soul sisters."

Burruss added, "We tell jokes we try to pump each other up so I guess its just something that me and her have."

And the track star doesn't stop . She's getting ready for her senior season in outdoor track, preparing to compete at the division one level for the University of South Carolina,  but on top of all that - she is trying to make it into the 2016 Olympic games.

"In 2016 I'm going to try for long jump possibly hurdles...I think its gonna take a lot of hard work and dedication but I'm ready," said Burruss.

Coach Cutright agreed, "she's got the talent to compete at the higher level but she also realizes the amount of hard work it will take."

 

 

 

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