Connor Burns en route to winning the 2022 Missouri Class 3 3200m championship last spring
The 2023 indoor track and field season got a bit more interesting at least in the early interim in Illinois. That's because senior distance star Connor Burns of Southern Boone HS in Missouri has entered his name into the CYUP Misfits Invitational hat presented by HOKA.
Burns became the second American high schooler to join the sub-4:00 club as an 11th grader. Burns clocked 3:58.83 at the HOKA Festival of Miles. Ironically, one could argue that Burns has had just as much success in the 3200m and two-mile. He was the state champion and also won the prestigious Brooks PR "deuce." He clocked 8:45 in that affair and it makes him the top runner in the country for the full distance not metrically.
Burns has now set a goal to attack the indoor national record which is held by Edward Cheserek. "King Ches" ran 8:39.15 in 2013. Connor's father Marc Burns indicated that he would like a pacer set the first half pace in 4:15-16. After that, it will be all guts and determination.
It will all go down at the Dr. Conrad Worrill Center (Gately) in Chicago on 1.21.23!!! Don't be left out in the frigid January cold!