* Connor Burns reflects on his two mile performance at New Balance Nationals Indoor
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Connor Burns was the first athlete in the nation to break four minutes in the mile with a time of 3:59.11 back in February.
On Friday at the New Balance Nationals Indoor, he collected another all-time performance, this time in the two mile.
Inside a brand-new facility and under the bright lights, Burns took control halfway through the race and didn't look back.
When Burns crossed the finish line, the clock stopped at 8:43.24, which will stand as the second-fastest time in the nation behind Jackson Heidesch's 8:42.60 from January.
"I'm pretty excited, I came out here to take the win and the two mile national record was a bonus," Burns said after his race. "But coming out here and getting this win was the most important part and that's what I accomplished."
The national high school record of 8:43.15 was set back in 2013 when Edward Cheserek became the first boy to go sub 8:40 at the Millrose Games.
Burns' mark moves him up to No. 7 all-time in high school history.
Heidesch, who was closing late, finished second with an 8:44.45 and Kole Mathison of Carmel (IN) was third in 8:47.11.
Drew Griffith of Butler was the fourth boy to go sub 8:50 in this race with a 8:48.01.
* Connor Burns takes the lead at New Balance Nationals Indoor in the two mile
Photo Credit: Shawn Conlon - MileSplit