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Brandon Miller '20

May 30, 2017

Brandon Miller '20 was featured in the 5.27.17 St. Louis Post-Dispatch. and on the 5.30.17 MileSplit USA website.

MSUSA 5.30.17 "Brandon Miller had set over a handful of records at the AAU level entering his first year of high school at St. Louis John Burroughs (MO) High in 2017. So it was only a matter of time before the freshman mid-distance wonder was at it for his high school track and field team. Over the weekend, the 14-year-old not only claimed his first state title at the Missouri Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City, but he also secured a freshmen class record in the 800m with his time of 1:50.84 in the Class 3A race. Miller broke the previous national freshmen record of 1:51.03 held by Michael Granville of Bell Gardens, California, back in 1993. Granville eventually went on to set the national record of 1:46.45 in 1996. It followed an age group world record for 14-year-olds last July at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston, where Miller ran a winning time of 1:51.23. Miller's Class 3A time stood as the state championship's best 800m performance across all classifications and stands as a US No. 15 mark and US No. 1 for all freshmen. Miller also contributed to wins in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 as John Burroughs earned a Class 3A team title over Reeds Springs by two points."

STLPD 5.27.17 "Blame the heat. Blame the humidity. Blame exhaustion. Brandon Miller's mind was swimming Friday afternoon. John Burroughs' phenomenal freshman middle distance runner wasn't thinking clearly. A pint-sized powerhouse, Miller said he was 5-foot-7. And did it with a straight face. 'Maybe 5-6,' he said through his megawatt grin. On this day, Miller can be as tall as he wants. None were bigger Friday. Few have stood taller in state history. Miller wowed the crowd when he won the Class 3 800-meter race in 1 minute and 50.84 seconds at the Dennis and Roberta Licklider Track Complex on the campus of Jefferson City High. It's the fourth fastest 800 time in state history trailing only overall record holder Bill Rainey of Parkview, whose mark of 1:49.89 was set in 1987. Miller's mentor, Cardinal Ritter star and current Texas Tech standout CJ Jones, set the Class 3 mark of 1:49.96 as a sophomore in 2012 and went 1:50.33 in 2014 as a senior. That's it. That's the list of athletes in the state meet's 90 years of recorded history to run the half mile faster than Miller. And he did it all by himself. From the moment he crossed the break line, Miller led the race by a staggering margin. His teammate, senior John Harry Wagner, was the runner up in 1:54. The clock was Miller's only competition. The 15-year-old chased history only to fall less than a second short. 'It's all about making splits and pushing myself around like that in practice so out here it won't be too different,' Miller said. Miller had a full tank for his 800. With the boys 3,200-meter relay on Saturday, the 800 was Miller's first race Friday. It certainly didn't hurt that his body was rested and ready for his run at history. 'I think it really benefited me coming in fresh,' Miller said."