Branning and Boterill set records

Katie Brickman
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Solid section meet for Whitehead and Flanagan

Jonah Branning broke a record even with an injury.

The Grade 9 Central athlete pulled something in his hip, but still had an outstanding outcome at the Moose Jaw section track and field meet on Wednesday at Gutheridge Field.

“I felt nice. I didn’t really expect to break any records,” said Branning.

Branning set the new record of 5.68 metres in the midget boys long jump event. 

Not only was he injured, but he may have been able to jump further if his approach was done properly.

“It felt nice because I didn’t think I would do that well in long jump because I also jumped off the wrong foot,” he said. “I didn’t jump off the foot I was supposed to, but I guess I am better on that foot.”

The injury clearly wasn’t detrimental for Branning, as he placed first in all of his events.

“I thought I would get at least one (first place finish), but I had three out of three,” he said.

Now, Branning can set his sights on finishing strong at the district meet next week.

“I just want to make provincials and place in the top two in one of my events at provincials,” he said.

Ryan Boterill also broke a record on Wednesday.

The Peacock Grade 9 student ran the midget boys 200-metre dash in 23.49 seconds.

“I had the heat record and beat that in the final. That was awesome,” Boterill said. “I have never made a city record before, so it was good.”

Boterill said the warm temperatures, low wind and his coaches all played a part in him being able to set the new record.

Peacock’s Sulia Moses also set a new record in the senior girls quad event with 1775 total points.

Not only was a good day for records to be broken, personal bests were also set.

Dax Whitehead finished in the top three in all of his events, including three top finishes in hurdles, long and triple jump.

“The running and the jumping, I set personal best times and everything was working well for me today,” Whitehead said. “I was just looking for PBs. Records … if they happen, they happen.”

This was the final section meet for Whitehead as the Central senior will graduate this year. He was happy to finish strong, but there is still more work to be done before track is done.

“Those races and the jumps felt good so I hope I can do the same thing at districts and provincials,” he said. “I want to finish top two and then at provincials, just do my best because there are some really good athletes out there.”

Abbi Flanagan also had a strong day, finishing first in three events and second in one event.

“I came in with high expectations for myself and I think I met my goal, so I am pretty excited,” said Flanagan.

Flanagan is still only a Grade 11 athlete at Vanier and was competing against Grade 12s in all of her events, which was an accomplishment for her.

“It feels really good to be a younger kid in the senior events,” she said. “It feels good to be able to compete with these athletes.”

Flanagan is hoping to finish in the top two at districts next week in order to make it to provincials.

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