Hall of Fame Inductee - Dan Burgess

1995 QHS graduate, Boys Track

Kerry Anders’ advice was worth its weight in gold. With the pole vault bar raised to 14 feet, 9 inches at the 1995 Class AA state track championships, the Quincy High School coach suggested Dan Burgess either take a step back on his approach or change poles. Burgess heeded Anders’ advice, switching to a pole that was the same size but stiffer. It proved to be a championship ploy as Burgess cleared 15 feet, 3 inches — it was the first time in his high school career he topped 15 feet — to become one of six QHS boys athletes to win a state track championship. Following high school, Burgess joined the United States Marine Corps and is currently serving overseas.

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