Burns Racing for National Title, Best Nat Finish by MOian

Ashland resident and Southern Boone County High School senior Connor Burns aces at the Team Nationals meet in Portland, Oregon, today, running for an individual national title. Burns will look to add his name to the list of other Missouri All-Time Greats that have had high school cross country national meet success and/or earned All-American Honors. 

Burns will look to join that list of Missouri men that includes Chris Zinn, Joe Falcon, Jon Hatley, Joe Kirby, Jason Sandfort, Zach Herriott, Joshua Mathis, Jacob Swearingen, among others.  

Burns has already established himself as the best Missouri prep male distance runner of all-time, having run 3:58 for a full mile and 9:45 for a full two-miles. He's also the fastest Show-Me State high school harrier, with 5k times of 14:32 and 14:27, at Agri Park at the Chile Pepper Festival and at LaVern Gibson at the Midwest Team Regional meet in Terre Haute.   

On Sunday, November 13, Burns became just the 4th individual Missouri boy qualifier to the team national meet with his 2nd-place finish at the Midwest Regional. He joins Potosi's Jacob Swearingin-2008, Rockhurst's Zach Herriott-2011, and Rock Bridge's Evan Schulte-2013, as the lone Missouri men to qualify individually since the meet began sending top-5 regional finishers to the national meet, along with the top-2 teams, in 2008.  

The 2006 Team Nationals meet was held before regional meets were began in 2007, and teams made it to nationals based on rankings. The Potosi boys were selected in 2006, where they placed 8th nationally, behind superstars Joshua Mathis, Joshua Thebeau, and Jacob Swearingen.