James Burns has some serious wheels.
Burns, a junior at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, NY, scorched the competition at the Decathlon event of the 2012 USA Track and Field Junior National Olympics held in Baltimore, MD, earlier this month, scoring 5,042 points to secure the eighth and final medal, awarded to the top eight decathletes in the United States in the intermediate (15-16 year old) boys group.
Crushing The Competition
Burns proved that his new-found All-American status was well-deserved. Years of hard work, determination and training resulted in his fine performance in Maryland, and it's amazing to think there's still two more years left for him to dominate on the tracks of Long Island high schools.
Port Washington has a beastly competitor on its hands for the years ahead, and Burns set the stage for future success by notching new personal records in seven of the 10 decathlon events and edging the two-time returning Region 1 intermediate boy's decathlon champion.
Before June of this year, Burns had never even attempted five of the 10 decathlon events, and as a result, he had to learn and train in them on short notice in the weeks before the July Regional and the National Championships.
Region 1 Championship
Luckily, Burns qualified for the U.S. Nationals in both the Decathlon and the 110 high hurdles by winning silver medals and advancing in both intermediate boy's events at the USA Track and Field Region 1 Championship, held at Mitchell Field in Uniondale in early-July.
The National Championship was Burns' second decathlon. He also advanced to the semi-finals in the intermediate boy's 110 high hurdles at the U.S. Nationals.
This past March, Burns made a name for himself on the local sports landscape by tallying a third-place mark for Port Washington at MacArthur's Track & Field Invitational, as he ran a 16.7 in the 110m boys' hurdles event.
He is also slated to play quarterback for Port Washington's football squad in the fall and wrestle in the winter, while continuing to pursue track in the spring. Talk about a busy schedule!
As if Burns' athletic success isn't impressive enough, he shines just as bright outside of high school athletics. Burns is an Honors/Advanced Placement student maintaining a 4.2 overall GPA at Schreiber, and he heads into his junior year as one of the top academic students in his class.
Eric Holden has been covering Long Island high school athletics since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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