When most people win a big trophy, they usually like to put it someplace special or on display, perhaps with some extra lighting, but nearly always in a place of prominence.

Not so for University of Alabama junior Remona Burchell.

After she recently became the first woman in school history to win a 60-meter NCAA indoor championship, she placed the trophy alongside her other major awards, but in possibly the last place anybody would think to look.

"I put it in my closet," the soft-spoken Burchell said. "It's still in the box.

"It's in my closet with my two trophies that I got from junior college. They're all together, right there."

However, that doesn't mean that she doesn't look at her hardware, or at least their images, on a regular basis. While the real things remain packed away …


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