Chandler Branton runs passionately to his next goal

Chandler Branton led the charge for the cross country team during the fall season. He held three top-five finishes and received TCIS All-Conference honors. “I came to Collegiate three years ago, in the seventh grade, which is the year that I started running cross country; I immediately fell in love with running and had a strong desire for its competitiveness,” he said. For this, Chandler was named November’s Athlete of the Month. He sat down with the Oak Connection to talk about the season and his accomplishments.   

What was your reaction when you found out that you were named the Athlete of the Month?

When I found out that I was named Athlete of the Month, I was very happy that my hard work over the past few years had payed off. I am very thankful to my family and coaches for helping me obtain the level of running I am at today.

What sports (and positions) do you play at Norfolk Collegiate?

I run cross country and play baseball for Norfolk Collegiate. I have been a varsity runner for Collegiate the past three years and also play second base for the baseball team.

What’s been one of your greatest sports accomplishments to date?

For me, my greatest accomplishment in sports would have to be earning all-TCIS honors this past fall season. I had been thinking of that race since the beginning of the season, and since I was predicted to come in 16th, which wouldn't have earned all-TCIS, I knew I had my work cut out for me.

What were your goals for the team this year? Did you achieve them?

My main team goal for the season was to be able to compete with other teams that are in the TCIS at smaller meets. We did a very good job this season with working hard in practice, which translated over to our constant success at races this season.

What is your favorite thing to do when not in school?

Running has come to take up most of my time. I train year round and have practices seven days of the week. Though when I am not running, I like to spend time with my parents and my brother, Brayden.

What advice would you give to someone looking to give cross country a try?

Cross country is for everyone. Whether you want to train for a different sport or lower your mile time, we always are looking for new runners to join our team. If you are considering running cross-country or track, ask me or one of the coaches, Mr. White and Ms. Marshall, and we can lead you in the right direction.