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Brandon Miller '20

April 19, 2019

Brandon Miller '20 was featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 4.19.19: The remainder of Brandon Miller's junior season is in question. The top youth 800-meter runner in the nation, Miller suffered a partially torn hamstring at the Metro League championship meet Tuesday at Lutheran North. The John Burroughs standout had already broken his own school record in the 400-meter when he won in 47.42 seconds. He was chasing the school record in the 200 when he heard a pop and collapsed on the track in pain.'He pulled up and fell,' said Derrick Miller, his father. 'He was throbbing in pain.' The reigning Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys track and field athlete of the year, the state record holder in the 800 and an eight-time AAU Jr. Olympic 800 national champion, Miller was tended to by the Burroughs coaching staff and medical personnel on the track. When they were through, Miller got to his feet and asked if it would be OK if he completed the race. He then limped to the finish line. 'It was pretty amazing,' Derrick said. 'You could see the tears in his eyes.' Miller had the injury examined Thursday and confirmed the partial tear. The typical recovery time is 4-6 weeks, which would effectively end his high school season. Burroughs competes in Class 3, which begins its district meets on May 11. That would be a little over three weeks after Miller was injured and leave him on the outside looking in to defend his two 800 state championships. All things considered, just missing a few weeks is the best-case scenario.'He still gets to run this summer,' said Derrick, who added that the plan, at the moment, is to let Miller heal with a focus on returning to the track fully healthy and ramping up for the summer.
There are several high profile international competitions that Miller could qualify to compete in with Team USA. However, that timetable could change should Miller's hamstring heal faster than expected. There is a chance he could be back in the nick of time. It all depends on how Miller feels. 'The hamstring is weird,' Derrick said. 'It depends on how your body heals. Some people heal in three weeks.' This is the first major injury for Miller, who has played a variety of sports and was the starting point guard on the Burroughs basketball team this winter. Derrick said his son's outlook has been positive. He's keeping it in perspective. 'The way he sees it, he's doing what he loves to do,' Derrick said. 'His mind goes to positivity.' Find the story online here.