Historic win in Class 3 finals caps Burns career at SoBoCO

Connor Burns put together one of the most dominating wins in MSHSAA Class 3 XC history when he won the cross country title last month.

Columbia Parks and Recreation's Matt Boehner had to stay attentive and keep the lead vehicle's pedal close to the floor to keep sub-4-minute miler Connor Burns of Southern Boone County from catching him. Burns battled 20+ mile-per-hour winds to still finish in 15:01 to win the Class 3 state title by 61-seconds. The performance likely would have been good enough for a 14:40-something clocking in limited wind conditions.

Burns ran the 5K course at Gans Creek in 15:01.2 and had a winning margin of 1:01.2 - the largest Class 3 margin dating back to 2000 - the latest year MSHSAA has online records.

It is the largest margin of win in Class 3 since before 2009, when Harrisonville's Maksim Korolev won the title with a 50-second margin.

Burns dominated the course on Nov. 5 and cruised to a second straight title. The weekend started with the idea of Burns maybe breaking the state record, but windy, cold, muddy conditions ended that chance.

In front of a lot of bundled up and amazed spectators, Connor Burns celebrates down the homestretch before crossing the finish in 15:01.3 to win and run the 4th-fastest time on the course to give him two of the top 4 performances on the 4-season-old Gans Creek Cross Country Course.


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It essentially became a battle for second place. 

Bowling Green junior Ben Chance took home that honors with a time of 16:02.4, about nine seconds faster than East Newton junior Chase Sorrell.