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Tanner Burnett, the son of Jim and Peggy Burnett of Atoka, recently signed a track and cross country scholarship at King University in Bristol, Tenn. Courtesy photo

Brighton senior Tanner Burnett signed a scholarship last week to run cross country and track at King University in Bristol, Tenn. 

"After visiting several schools and coaches I quickly realized that King was the best fit for me,” Burnett said. “It's a very competitive, nationally-ranked program with an outstanding coach.”

A multi-sport athlete during his four years at Brighton, Burnett lettered in varsity football as a freshman kicker and led the BHS soccer team in scoring during freshman and sophomore years while earning all-district and all-region honors.  

Burnett, who competed at the AAU Junior Olympics in his younger years, holds the Brighton High School record for the mile. He decided to focus solely on running after his sophomore year in hopes of being able to run in college.   

He considered Mars Hill University in North Carolina, Mississippi College and Lindenwood University in Missouri before choosing King University.

“Coach Peter Dalton is probably the main reason I decided to attend college there,” Burnett said. “He really made me feel comfortable, he has tons of coaching experience and he was a Division I collegiate runner himself.  I really feel that, under his coaching, I will be able to reach my full potential there.  I love his coaching philosophy and I am extremely excited to join the Tornado team in the fall."

King University is a NCAA Division II school and is a member of Conference Carolinas.  The men's cross country team has qualified for the National Cross Country meet the past two years.  

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