Gatorade 2022 - 2023: Player of the Year

Boys Track & Field - Missouri

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Connor Burns

Height: 6-FOOT-2
Press Release

Peak Performance

5th - 13:37.30

On Running Track Fest - 5000m

2nd - 8:34.33

Brooks PR Invitational - 2-mile
“Already one of just five prep boys in history to break the 4-minute-mile on multiple occasions, Connor Burns further solidified his place as an all-time elite performer by taking down (four-time Olympian and two-time medalist) Galen Rupp’s long standing 5000-meter national record. As testament to his unprecedented range, Burns is the only high schooler to rank  among the top 10 in history both indoors and outdoors in the mile, the 2-mile and the 5000. Simply remarkable.”
Rich Gonzalez
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Athletic Excellence

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.

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Academic Achievement

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.

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Exemplary Character

Burns has volunteered locally at a food bank and has served as a peer math tutor.