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Getting to Know Davonte Burnett

Nov 7, 2020

Davonte Burnett is a junior sprinter who comes to USC from Barton Community College with two seasons of eligibility.  Burnett was a 2020 NJCAA Indoor All-American in the 60m and 200m, winning the 60m title with a time of 6.63 and placing fourth in the 200m with a time of 21.05. He was named the USTFCCCA National Men's Track Athlete of the Week for January 27, 2019, as his time of 20.73 was the third-fastest all-time on the JUCO indoor 200m list.  He also has bests of 6.62 in the 60m, 10.46 in the 100m and 20.70 in the outdoor 200m. Burnett is originally from Needham, Mass., where he won six state titles while running for Needham High.
Q: What type of zoom student are you?
D.B.: Camera on
Q: What is your go to quarantine dinner?
D.B.: Rice and Beef
Q: What's the most interesting place you've competed at?
D.B.: MCAT for nationals when I was in high school North Carolina A&T. There were a lot of people there and the event was colorful. I met a lot of new people and made new friends. A lot of people were PR'ing and there were just good vibes
Q: What is your event?
D.B.: 200 M
Q: What's on your Instagram discover page?
D.B.: Dancing video
Q: Favorite animal?
D.B.: Cheetah, I love track, used to watch Usain Bolt a lot and it was his symbol.
Q: What is your favorite music genre?
D.B.: Rap, Lil Uzi Vert
Q: What do you listen to before races?
D.B.: Lil Uzi Vert
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
D.B.: Playing video games. Right now my favorite game is FIFA 21. Also, dancing.
Q: What is the most important part of your identity/brand?
D.B.: Straightforward, chill, I like to vibe and hang out with friends. 
Q: Why did you choose to transfer to USC?
D.B.: When I first visited the coach introduced me to everyone on the track team. Everyone seemed really nice it really seemed like a family. Everyone was very nice and positive to me so I was very into it.
Q: What's your favorite part of about living in L.A. so far.?
D.B.: Everyone is so nice. Coming from Boston where people can be rude this was a nice change of pace.