Southern Boone’s Connor Burns did something that no other Missouri high schooler, or U.S. junior, has ever done.

Burns — the son of former MU cross country coach Marc Burns — became the first Missouri and 15th U.S. high schooler to break four minutes in the mile after running a 3:58.83 on Thursday at the Festival of Miles in St. Louis.

The time is the seventh-fastest for a high schooler in U.S. history. He also broke the junior class record.

Burns became the third high school runner to break four minutes in the event this year, joining Pennsylvania’s Gary Martin and California’s Colin Sahlman. Martin, who just weeks ago broke four minutes, did it again in the same race as Burns on Thursday, finishing in 3:57.89. It’s the first time ever that two high school runners have broken four minutes in the same race.

  • Rock Bridge Football and Missouri Cross Country beat writer for Fall 2021. Reach me at, or in the newsroom at 882-5700

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