April 10th, 2014
By Mal Boright
A dashing senior looms for the CVU track and field team
In the wake of a solid state championship soccer season (top goal-getter) and a good indoor track campaign, Champlain Valley Union High swift senior Haliana Burhans is set and then some for the spring track competition.
She will be prominent in the 100 and 200 dashes, the relays and maybe one other event.
“If possible, I’d like to go for the triple jump,” Burhans said Friday during an interview at CVU.
When last seen on the outdoor playing fields in Redhawk Country, Burhans was scoring goals at a mighty clip, helping CVU’s girls’ soccer team to its second straight Vermont Division 1 crown. She was an All-State, All-Metro choice.
The first track and field meet of the new season was scheduled for Wednesday (April 9) at the CVU facility, ground conditions permitting.
After spending the autumn running (fast) up and down soccer fields, is she ready for the challenges of track’s speed events?
“I’m usually in pretty good shape,” Burhans responded. “Where soccer is a contact sport, now I have to think about running form. It’s all about the start. If you have a bad start, there is not enough time to catch up with people.”
The veteran runner believes that within a week she will be, “pretty much into the season. Indoor track helped.”
Burhans is coming off a junior year track season that gave her a big personal boost after a so-so sophomore campaign
“My freshman year I did pretty well and broke the school’s 100 meter record,” she recalled. “But I flattened out my sophomore year.”
She said she was even thinking about sitting out her junior year, but upon reflection decided to participate. It was a good decision.
“I improved a lot (as a junior),” Burhans said. “It put me in a better place. “I beat my 100 time and set a school record in the 200. It was coming easier.”
She said former CVU soccer and track star and University of Vermont student Tova Tomasi was a positive influence. Tomasi is now co-head coach of the CVU track and field team, along with Eli Enman.
“She (Tomasi) pushed me and really helped a lot,” Burhans said.
Enman said, “Haliana is a wonderful athlete to have on our team. She is a great leader both on and off the track. I am very excited to see what she can do this year.”
The track team got outside three times last week, according to Burhans, and she posted a “good time,” in a trial 100 on Thursday.
“I surprised myself,” she said with a smile.
And how is it, finally getting into the great outdoors?
“It’s awesome,” was the reply. “It represents spring and brings up everyone’s spirits.”
This fall, Burhans will be at Brandeis University, where she has been recruited for soccer and will also compete in track. She said for her major she is interested in philosophy and possibly physical therapy.