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Pulaski’s Burns signs letter of intent to University of Rhode Island

Pulaski High School track and field standout Breann Burns signed a letter of intent to the University of Rhode Island where she will run hurdles for their team. Burns, a senior at the school signed her letter during a special ceremony held in the library before a host of family, friends and faculty in the district.

<p>Breann Burns is joined by her parents Linda, seated right, and Brian back left, along with outdoor track coach Joe McGrath, as she signs her letter of intent to the University of Rhode Island.
Breann Burns is joined by her parents Linda, seated right, and Brian back left, along with outdoor track coach Joe McGrath, as she signs her letter of intent to the University of Rhode Island.

Pulaski Athletic Director Jeff Shirley noted that the Burns family has had a long legacy of track and field athletes at Pulaski including father, Brian, and siblings Lindsey and Rockne Burns, all of whom ran hurdles at Pulaski and went on to run at Division I schools in the country.

“A Division I signing is rare,” said Jay Altobello, Principal at Pulaski High School. “It’s a huge deal, and you’ve earned it.” Altobello also noted the outstanding academic achievements of Burns at the school and praised her for the combined efforts.

Coach Joe McGrath noted that Burns holds 22 individual section records in track and field saying, “No one, since I’ve been around has even come close to that record.”

Burns, in the indoor track season, ran as an independent for the Pulaski District and practiced with a neighboring district.

She had an extremely successful season in the 55 and 60 meter hurdles, in which she won the sectionals, won leagues and won the state qualifiers. She finished second in the state for public high schools and then competed in the nationals where her first heat time was the fastest recorded in the competition. In the finals, she ran and placed fifth.

She is excited about the outdoor track season where she hopes to continue to get faster times and hopes to take the top spot in the state in hurdles.

Burns, who was very humbled about the Division I signing, gave credit to her family and coaches, who have guided and supported her over the years. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my parents and my coaches. Thank you very much.”

Burns will attend the University of Rhode Island where she will major in marketing.