“300” – Jenna Burns

“I originally had no intention of competing in college.

Sure, I thought about how boring life would be without a sport and a team always around you, but it didn’t seem to bother me.  

Before I started my last high school track season, I started thinking about the what-ifs.  I looked at the distances for the schools I had been accepted into, and surprisingly, I wasn’t that far off of what their best throwers were throwing.

I wasn’t recruited by any schools, so I reached out to the head coaches in hopes that I could continue the sport I had looked forward to every spring since seventh grade.  

And to my disbelief, the head coaches from my top two schools both got back to me and said I would be a great fit for their programs.  


I picked Michigan Tech because I could get a quality education and be able to do something I love as well.

I can’t even imagine where I would be if I weren’t throwing anymore.  

I’ve gotten stronger mentally and physically by continuing my sport.

Of course I’ve woken up asking whether it’s all worth it.


But all the goals I’ve achieved and friends I’ve made in the last few years have made the hard work definitely worth while.”

Jenna Burns – HHS



Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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