Joshua Burks i have long maintained that the only thing preventing White athletes from being amongst the USA's elite sprinters is the simple fact that most fast White kids simply don't go out for track. it has NOTHING to do with the false "reality" that White kids just aren't fast enough. today, i provide a bit more anecdotal evidence to support that position ... it's been almost a year and a half since Joshua Burks (James Clemens, AL) first set foot on the track. the record-setting results have been eye-popping. Burks had been a lifelong baseball player, renowned by his coaches and his teammates for his speed in the outfield. in the spring of his junior year (2014), he finally decided to try out that speed on the track, running for the track team PART TIME while still playing baseball. just five months later, Burks qualified for the State track meet in both the 100- and 200-meters. this year, he gave up on baseball in order to focus solely on track. he is now a multiple State Champion. during the 2015 indoor season, he posted a personal-best 6.87 in the 60-meters (U.S. #21) en route to winning the Alabama 7A (big school) State Championship and 21.98 in the 200 (U.S. #33). as the weather warmed up and the running moved outdoors, Burks' times just got faster. i wonder if it's lonely at the top ... just how fast is he? check out this angle for a more accurate picture: the Alabama 7A State Champion in the 100-meters posted personal best wind-legal times in the 100-meters of 10.65 (AL #2) and the 200 of 21.66 (AL #4). he was narrowly edged out in the deuce at the State meet, taking second place. he was also the anchor (and fastest) leg, coming from behind in story-telling fashion to win the State Championship in the 4x400 relay ... which is "weird," considering he's the only non-afflete on the team: in all, as a senior Burks won 13 races (10 outdoor and three indoor) on the season, including six victories in the 100 (he ran under 10.7 on four separate occasions), four in the 200, one in the 300 and two in the 60. and remember, this is the first year he's ever focused on running track! Burks accepted a scholarship to run track at Auburn in the SEC. i wonder how many other White kids are out there who could have stories similar to this, but are instead convinced that they're "not fast enough" to compete with the black afflete.