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Topping last year’s personal-best won’t be easy, but Carson Bradley is determined to give it his best shot.
One of the province’s top up-and-coming sprinters, the McMath secondary student is poised to be one of the pre-race favourites in three events at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships May 31 to June 2 in Langley.
Bradley, who trains throughout the year with the Richmond Kajaks, is slated to compete in the boys’ 200 metres, 400 metres, and 4x100-metre relay. Aside from placing first in each, his goal is to break 22 seconds for the 200 and to run under 49 seconds in the 400.
“I’m confident I'll realize my expectations because I've been pushing my limits at least five days a week, both on the track and in the weight room since the beginning of the school year,” he says. “Further, I ran 22.2 for the 200 at the district qualifying meet last week, and 49.8 in the 400 in April. At this point in the season, I'm where I need to be to hit my goals. I'm looking forward to the championships and representing Richmond and McMath.”
At the 2017 provincial high school championships, Bradley knew after his 400-metre heat he was in a good position to possibly win the final. He had secured the first seed with a season-best and expected to bring home gold with a personal best. Though predictably nerves set in, he stuck to his game plan and won in a personal-best time of 50.57 seconds.
Bradley later added the 200-metre title with a strong finishing kick that earned him a winning time of 22.78 seconds.