Katie Burke, Accounting Teaching Professor, competed at the 62nd Annual Lumberjack Championships in Log Rolling, Boom Running, and part of the Team Relay as the female boom runner. The World Championships took place in Hayward, WI and were live streamed on ESPN.
Burke made it to Championship Saturday in the Boom Run and Relay. She had dry runs in the boom all weekend and ultimately took 4th place. Her relay team qualified for Championship Saturday in the number 1 spot and with a couple slips from their 60-foot pole climber (first discipline of the relay) tried to play catch-up and ultimately finished in 2nd place. The relay team is composed of 7 athletes starting with a 60-foot pole-climber, women’s boom runner, men’s boom run, men’s under hand, women’s crosscut and men’s standing block.
Burke has had a good season overall. The preview to the Lumberjack World Championships stated the following note: “Katie (Rick) Burke – After a ninth-place finish at LWC last year, Burke has bounced back with perhaps one of her best years as a pro. She’s competed in five tournaments this summer and cracked the top 5 in all of them. She brings a smart tactical approach, and a scrappy no fear mentality that seemingly keeps her in every match. Case in point: Burke was down 2-0 against highly regarded Emily Christopherson this past Sunday at Namekagon, and grinded her way to a 3-2 comeback win. For Burke, these kinds of wins have been the norm in her career. Look for Burke to make some noise this week, both on the log and the boom.” https://uslogrolling.com/home/f/2022-lumberjack-world-championships-logrolling-preview
Details of Burke’s performance at the World Championship: Burke won her match against Abby Delanely 3-0 in the round of 16 as she had a first-round bye being the #5 seed, she then faced #4 seed Claire Keech and won 3-2 to advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals Burke faced #1 seed and three-time defending World Champion, Livi Pappadopoulos, and lost 3-0 0 the score of all her matches on her trail to her 4th World Title. Burke then faced #3 seed Shana Verstegen to attempt to get into the Consolation match in lost in a 5-fall battle going down 2 and coming back 2-2 and ultimately losing 3-2. She then rolled off for 5-6 with Hallie MIller and lost 3-2 in a back-and-forth match. Places 3-6 have some match-up determination as #5 Hallie knocked #3 Shana out of the top side of the bracket and #6 Katie had knocked #4 Claire out of the topside.