Events: Pole Vault (IN: 16-6 3/4; OUT: 16-7 1/4)
Cleared an indoor personal best of 16 feet, 6 3/4 inches to score two points for the Tigers with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Nashville, Tennessee ... Marked the first time in his collegiate career to score for the team at the SEC Championships ... Cleared 16-0 3/4 for second place at the LSU Twilight and 16-0 1/2 for third place at the Bayou Bengal Invitational ... Earned two other third-place finishes indoors at the Auburn Indoor Invitational (15-11) and Purple Tiger Invitational (15-6 1/4) along with a tie for seventh place at the Commodore Invitational (15-5) ... Opened his outdoor season with an outdoor seasonal best of 15-9 3/4 for second place at LSU's Battle on the Bayou ... Also placed ninth in the pole vault at the SEC Relays with a clearance of 15-0 and 14th at the LSU Alumni Gold with a clearance of 15-1 3/4 ... Recognized for his outstanding academic performance with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.
An NCAA qualifier in the pole vault in his debut season with the Tigers in 2016 ... Competed at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the first time in his career ... Jumped a lifetime best of 16 feet, 7 1/4 inches at the SEC Outdoor Championships to finish 11th overall ... Cleared the 16-foot mark outdoors for the first time at LSU while tying for fifth place at the Battle on the Bayou with a mark of 16-2 ... Opened the outdoor season by clearing 15-7 for third place at the Hurricane Twilight ... Also vaulted at the LSU Alumni Gold (15-10) and LSU Invitational (15-9 1/4) during the outdoor season ... Lettered indoors after making an appearance at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Prepped for the conference meet by clearing an indoor PR of 16-6 1/2 for third place at the LSU Twilight ... Also placed third indoors at the Bayou Bengal Invitational (16-6) and LSU High Performance Meet (15-6 1/4) ... Made his collegiate debut at the Purple Tiger Invitational, placing fifth with a jump of 15-11 3/4 ... Vaulted at the Power Five Conference Clash (15-3), Razorback Invitational (16-1 1/4) and New Mexico Collegiate Classic during the indoor season ... An outstanding student earning All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as well as a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll following the season.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the leading pole vaulters in the state of Louisiana during his prep career at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge … Crowned a state champion in the pole vault for the first time in his high school career during his junior season indoors with a winning clearance of 14-10 at the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Division I Indoor Championships in 2014 … Jumped his indoor personal best of 15-6 at the LSU Last Chance Qualifier to earn his spot in the state championship in 2014 … Followed during the 2014 outdoor season by clearing a lifetime PR of 16-3 in a runner-up finish in the pole vault at the Episcopal Josten's Invitational … Won back-to-back Class 5A state silver medals as a junior in 2014 with a clearance of 16-0 and as a senior in 2015 with a seasonal-best clearance of 15-6 at the LHSAA Class 5A Outdoor State Track & Field Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Swept District 5-5A and Region 2-5A pole vault titles before winning a second-straight Class 5A state silver medal as a senior in 2015 … Was also crowned the Region 2-5A champion as a junior in 2014 … Earned a pair of fourth-place finishes at the state championships during both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a sophomore in 2013 … Finished as the Region 2-5A runner-up before earning his fourth-place finish in his outdoor state championship debut to highlight his sophomore season … Cleared 13-9 ¼ to finish in eighth place overall at the USA Track & Field World Youth Trials in the summer of 2013.
Full name is Chadd Michael Burns … Born on Sept. 6, 1996 … Parents are Matt and Cherie Burns … Has an older brother, Ryan, and an older sister, Natalie … Father attended LSU before finishing his degree at Southeastern Louisiana University … Brother played college baseball at Southeastern Louisiana and Penola universities during his collegiate career … An honor student during his prep career while graduating from Catholic High School with a 3.8 grade-point average … Majoring in kinesiology.