The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Player of the Year, the 6-foot-2, 160-pound senior broke one national record along with three state marks this past season, leading the Eagles to a state runner-up finish as a team in Class 3. Burns crossed the line in fifth with a time of 13:37.30 in the 5000-meter event at the On Running Track Fest, breaking a national record that had stood for 19 years. Less than a month later, he raced to the third-fastest 2-mile in U.S. prep history when he clocked 8:34.33 to take second at the Brooks PR meet. He won state titles in the 1600 and 3200 this spring, breaking the tape in 4:13.52 and 9:20.14, respectively.
Burns has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom. He has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete on an athletic scholarship at the University of Oregon this fall.
Burns has volunteered locally at a food bank and has served as a peer math tutor.