LSU Gold
Pole Vault
Baton Rouge, La.
High School
Catholic HS

Career Record

Took fourth with a clearance of 13’ 11.25” at the Miami Hurricane Invitational.

Did not compete.

Cleared 4.65 meters (15-3.00) at the LSU Battle on the Bayou to place second.


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.

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.

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