Check out this month athlete profile- Chris Burkhart
Indoor track is a great sport to get involved in over the winter. It helps you stay in shape and to get prepared for the outdoor Track and Field season. Hilliard Darby Track has always been a high performing team, placing in a least every event they participate in. For the boys track team, throwing has been a favorite event to watch.
Chris Burkhart, who is a senior on the indoor track team, has been putting up competitive numbers in the boys throwing category. This is his fourth year being involved in indoor track at Darby.
Burkhart states, “My favorite part about being on the indoor track team is the closeness with my teammates because of how small the team is.”
Burkhart explains that being apart of the Darby track team has taught him a lot and it has been a great four years for him. Chris normally competes in the throwing events, which includes the weight throw and discus.
“My current PR for weight throw is 69’5” and I’m looking to finish the season out at 75’ which would give me the school record,” Burkhart emphasizes.
This has definitely been Chris’ best season as he places high in his events and gets a new PR almost every meet! Chris has also been getting a lot of looks from colleges all around the United States. He had a hard time deciding where he wanted to take his talent after high school, but after thinking long and hard about it, he finally committed to California Polytechnic State University to continue his academic and throwing careers. He will be studying Business Administrations with a minor in Accounting and Economics.
I asked Chris what he is most excited for in the future. “I’m most excited about taking my athletics to the next level and attempting to be an NCAA champion while also getting one of the best public educations in the country while being in California,” Burkhart explained.
I was interested to find out how Chris’ teammates have helped him so much throughout the season and he told me, “My teammates and competition have made me so much better at the sport because we are constantly pushing each other to be better everyday. Especially Michael [Cornathan] and I, we are always pushing each other to be the best version of ourselves possible at practice and meets and it’s a ton of fun.”
With the help of his teammates and coaches Chris was able to qualify for the High School Indoor States for the weight throw. This takes place at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio on March 2nd. Chris said he is also determined to make states in his outdoor track season for discus and hammer.
I asked Chris how he felt about making states this year, he stated, “Since I’ve already qualified, I’m excited for states. Last year Dylan Literal won it and I’m looking to go back to back with him. I’m not the favorite to win but who doesn’t like to be the underdog? So I’m definitely looking forward to win it all and close out my final indoor season as a state champion!”
With Burkhart’s positive energy going into states this weekend, it should give him a lot of confidence and hopefully a state title.
One of Burkhart’s teammates, Cornathan, who is also a senior thrower for the Darby team, had some good things to say about Chris and his throwing capabilities.
“Chris pushes me to be a better thrower and we feed off each other at meets. It is going to be strange not throwing with him next year while we’re both off at different colleges,” Cornathan shared.
Chris and Michael have been throwing together since 7th grade and have pushed each other to get better everyday. Michael explained that Chris has always been a great lifting partner and leader on the team. They hold each other to a high standard. It will be very interesting to watch them both compete at states and see how they finish their indoor senior season.
Congrats to Michael Cornathan who committed to throw at Walsh University and Chris Burkhart who committed to throw at California Polytechnic State University. You two will always be some of the best throwers to go through Darby.