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Diana Burk transferred to Virginia from Northwestern at the start of the 2007-2008 season and has already run her way into the top-seven. Burk ran at the Roy Griak Invitational for the Cavaliers, helping Virginia to a sixth-place finish.

Years I have been running competitively: Four in high school; currently in second year of college running

My favorite place to run: Burke Lake Park in Northern Virginia, because it’s shady and scenic

My most memorable race: Great American Cross Country Festival in 2002. It was so muddy people, including my coach who ran in the master’s race, lost their shoes, but kept running the race in their socks.

Race I would like to run: NCAA Cross Country Championships

My favorite Olympic event: Synchronized Diving

My favorite book: Beneath the Wheel by Herman Hesse

Music I listen to when I run: Guster, Citizen Cope, Arctic Monkeys, among other artists

My favorite pre-race meal: Grilled salmon, spinach, and wild rice

If I didn’t run, I would be doing: More volunteer work at elementary schools and I would probably have a job.

When I don’t run, I: Hang out with friends, work on research and volunteer

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