2010: Ran in five of the Pirates' seven events, turning in career-best times in the 5K, 8K and 10K ... Began the year with a 22:07.72 performance in the 6,400 meters at the Covered Bridge Open, good for 97th place ... Turned in a career-best 15:52.8 time at the 5K Wolfpack Invitational to claim 17th ... Mark is also tied for the 14th fastest in ECU history ... Competed in first 8K of the year at the Greater Louisville Classic, taking 174th place with a time of 25:43.44 ... Ran personal-best 8K at the Conference USA Championship, finishing in 25:07 and 24th place ... Closed the season with a career-best 33:16.56 10K at the NCAA Southeast Regional, making a 76-spot jump from 2009 to finish 110th overall.
2009: Participated in six of the team's seven races, with a highest overall finish of 13th at the Seahawk Invitational ... Opened the season with a time of 13:26.7 and 16th-place showing in the 4K at the Campbell Invitational ... Checked in at 15:53.98 in the 5K at the Seahawk Invitational ... In a pair of 8K races, placed 55th at the Great American Cross Country Festival (26:28) and 80th at the Penn State Nationals (26:58) ... Finished 25th at the C-USA Championship with a season-best 8K time of 26:20.5 ... Closed the campaign with a 34:53.75 10K at the NCAA Southeast Regional, coming in 186th.
High School: Part of the Brentsville team that won three consecutive state championships ... Placed 12th at the state meet and second in the district meet as a senior ... Ran in the 2008 Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships ... During final campaign, named an ESPN Rise runner to watch in the Washington, D.C., area ... Junior year, finished in 64th place at the Nike Team Southeast Regional, helping Brentsville come in sixth overall.
Personal: Academic major is undecided ... Son of Jeff and Gina Burress ... Graduated high school with above a 3.0 grade-point average and earned an academic letter.