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Zumwalt South sprinter wins athlete of the year award

By: Jonathan Duncan


Fort Zumwalt South sprinter Alicia Burnett

Fort Zumwalt South sprinter Alicia Burnett [Photo courtesy of Del Burnett]

 Fort Zumwalt South girls track sprinter Alicia Burnett continues to shine and gain accolades locally and nationally. Burnett, a sophomore-to-be at Zumwalt South, finished off a superb freshman season by winning the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at the Missouri Class 4 meet in May.

Burnett, who is one of the top female sprinters nationally, was recently honored by Gatorade as the Missouri Girls Track Athlete of the Year. The award is based on athletic performance and classroom achievement.

“One of the biggest attractions to Fort Zumwalt South is its value on high-quality academics,” said Burnett, who held a 3.28 GPA as a freshman. “Therefore, being a student-athlete from Fort Zumwalt South who performs well in the classroom and outside the classroom, this award means a lot.”

“She’s already been known a bit nationally for her work as a sprinter but I think this award definitely puts her on a much wider scale and definitely puts the Zumwalt South track team out there as well,” Fort Zumwalt South coach Waylan Smith said.

A victory in the 100-meter at the Brooks PR Invitational in mid-June allowed Burnett to reassert her national profile and helped her win the Gatorade Award.

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