Brandon Battle is ready to show out this season as proven by this display of dominance in Alabama
With high school sports and the current way of life got us all sitting in a quagmire via tier three for the foreseeable future, the ingenuity of parents of student-athletes is coming to fruition. In Brandon Battle's case, he took his show on the road to Birmingham, Alabama to compete in a track and field meet.
The speedy standout from Edwardsville HS trek quite a distance and wanted to make sure his hard-earned off-season work was not wasted. "I've been training [in harsh conditions] similar to rough Chicago winters."
The invitational was broken up into three sessions which did not afford Battle much time to ponder how he would attack the first of two races- 400m- on the afternoon docket. Immediately, he bolted out of his blocks on the CrossPlex Athletic Facility banked track and left the section #15 competition in the dust. Battle blistered the track with a US#6 as well as a school-record 48.73 clocking. It was one of the fastest performances in state indoor history. Later, Battle returned with another PR in the 200m, rocking 22.24.
Things may appear bleak stateside at the moment but as long as kids like Battle put in the work, supreme efforts like this will reveal themselves in time. "I expected to run 48-seconds this past weekend," Battle said. His workout regime included a diet of 200s, 250s, and 300s to improve his speed endurance. But the hidden gem may have been the "X-Factor" work. That according to Battle is a mix of plyometrics and wickets. If true then he has the success recipe for the 2021 season.