Three records fall at city track and field championships

This is what 0.03 seconds looks like in the 100 metres as Jonah Branning edges Ryan Botterill at the line.

A pretty decent track season became downright amazing for Jonah Branning on Wednesday at the Moose Jaw high school track and field city championships.
The Grade 12 Central standout set a new record in the senior boys 100 metres, crossing the line in 10.71 seconds, edging the decade-and-a-half old mark of 10.71 held by Vanier’s Shane Nicholson since 1999.
As was the case all season, Peacock’s Ryan Botterill was right beside Branning at the finish line, crossing in 10.74 seconds.
“It feels really good,” Branning said of the record shortly after winning the long jump title as well. “I played basketball in the off-season so I was kind of worried about track season because I didn’t get in as much training. As soon as basketball ended I was right back on the track because guys like Ryan (Botterill) and Hunter (Bosch) had been doing it the whole winter. So I knew I needed to catch up to keep at their level.”
Branning opened his day by winning the 20-m in 21.92 seconds, after which he received a bit of advice from an experienced source — older brother and University of Regina track and football standout Kahlen Branning.
“Right after the 200 my brother was showing me a few things, like using my arms and stuff and I noticed that helped me,” Jonah explained. “The last 20 metres I kind of hit a second gear almost and it was almost exactly because of what he showed me. So that really helped out.”
Branning’s record wasn’t the only new mark set despite the cold conditions at Gutheridge Field — temperatures didn’t break 10 C the entire day.
Bosch — who set a 400-m record in the junior boys division last season — followed his record-setting run in the distance at the invitational with a 49.86 in the 400-m Wednesday to set a new city championships mark.
The midget girls shot put record took an absolute beating as four competitors bested the old mark — Central’s Sage McCulloch (8.61-m), Peacock’s Abby Shiers (8.78-m), Vanier’s Delaney Townsend (9.06-m) all crushed the 8.54-m record before Peacock’s Kassandra Louks capped the event with a new standard of 9.50 metres.