Throughout the summer, we will be honoring graduating seniors with our annual Salute to Seniors series! To submit your own questionnaires to be posted on the front page of PennTrackXC, check out this page and email your responses to Dan Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Branan closed out a terrific career, where he proved to have a great mix of sprint speed and distance strength. In his final official high school race, Branan won the indoor state title with a remarkable kick to win take the 800 meter victory in a PR of 1:52.14. Outdoors, he ran a best of 1:54.04 to win the WPIAL crown in the 800.
In XC, Branan had a strong senior season on the trails, claiming wins at the Kiski Invite and the Carlisle Invitational (there, he ran a 5K XC best of 16:15). He was ninth in AA at the XC state meet.
The Pitt recruit reflected on his career for PennTrackXC.
What was your most memorable race/competition?
The 2020 states indoor track race
Where did you face your biggest competition?
My most competition was at the 2020 state meet as well
Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
Winning the state meet I always wanted to make it to that level but it always seemed like it was out of reach. So when I finally made it it felt really good
If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school?
I would've trained harder in 9th and 10th grade
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
Missing most of my junior cross country year and just trying to stay focused during a long year.
Branan's state championship-winning race in the 800m
What will you miss the most?
I will miss running for Indiana but I am excited to run as a Pitt Panther
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Stay focused and don't lose sight of your goals
How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals overall? Mrs. Kinter always thought that I would win a state title even when I was in 8th grade track
What are your post-high school plans?
Go to the University of Pittsburgh and run in the ACC
I would like to thanks my parents for taking me to and from practices and Mrs. Kinter for never giving up on me.