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Player profile: Jeremiah Burish

Staff Reporter

Published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:03

Jeremiah Burish, a senior and pole vaulter for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Men’s Track and Field Team, bleeds maroon and gray. He has been a four-year competitor on the team and has accomplished many feats that most do not get to see. As the Men’s Track and Field team heads into the outdoor season, Burish has nothing but positives to say about the season thus far. “The season has gone pretty well.  The team captured its 11th consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title and we had a good number of qualifiers for Indoor Nationals. We fell a bit short on most of our goals as a team, including bringing home a National Championship trophy. So our pride is a little hurt and we are really looking forward to redeeming ourselves for outdoor,” said Burish. The team may not have been able to accomplish everything they wanted to for the indoor season, but Burish found one thing to be the cherry on top of his final season. “Definitely bringing home the 11th consecutive WIAC Championship title for indoor, especially because we had a large amount of injuries that sidelined several of our big names. It was awesome to watch the younger class-men step up when it mattered and throw down to win that title.” It’s a thing of beauty to witness younger athletes helping the team out in big ways and with these men who knew how to step up when it counted, the outdoor season looks to be an interesting one.  The biggest accomplishment to bring home for outdoors would be something every team wants. “To bring home a gold trophy from Nationals,” said Burish. “It’s been far too long since it has been back in La Crosse, where it belongs. I really look forward to the vault crew being a huge contributor to the points that we will accrue at the National meet since we had three qualify last season that are back to do work!” Burish is in high spirits and ready to attack the outdoor season in his event.  The question is what makes one want to pole vault and continue it through their college career? “Vaulting is a sport, not just an event in track and field,” said Burish. “Once you do it, you never want to stop. It will be a sad day when the year finishes and my career will be finished.” With four years of track under his belt, Burish has only one thing that he would like at the end of the season: “A Championship ring that will clang with my teammates’ rings when we shake hands every time we get together in the many years to come.” With the hopes and aspirations to finish his career on a strong note, one may wonder who Burish is as a person and what he enjoys outside of track and field.  The answer is just about anything you can think of. “I love to bow hunt and fish. It’s nice to get in the woods or on the river and get away from the hectic days of school and track and just relax once in a while,” said Burish. A true Wisconsinite who loves to hunt and fish, but all that relaxing can work up an appetite. Burish has one restaurant in La Crosse that he absolutely loves to go to. “Buzzard Billy’s! What dish don’t I like there?  The food is incredible from the appetizers and gator to the blackened chicken, shrimp, craw fish and po’boys. Best food in La Crosse hands down, but I make sure to work out a little harder the next day to work o some of the deliciousness,” said Burish with a little chuckle at the end. As one can see, Burish is more than just an athlete. He’s just a college student who loves to relax and eat some good food between his studies. He has taken a lot from being at La Crosse and wants to share what the best thing is that has happened to him while being here. “Making relationships with people that I will never forget and never lose contact with. A lot of my friends will be in my wedding someday and the rest will be crashing the reception and I couldn’t ask for it any other way.” This statement may ring true for a lot of seniors that will be graduating this May, but any incoming freshman that may want to try out for the track team, Burish had one last piece of advice for them. “Expect greatness, strive for perfection, triumph adversity and beware of THE BEAR!”

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