Samuel Branson
Samuel Branson
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Golden Valley, MN
High School: Hopkins

Junior (2018):
Scored for the Eagles in all seven of his race opportunities ... Ranked among the team's top two finishers on five occasions ... Clocked a season-best 8K time of 26:00 at the NCAA D-III Championships ... First Emory runner to cross the finish line and placed 20th out of 227 runners at the Montevallo Falcon Classic with an effort of 26:05 ... Earned all-region honors after registering a 20th-place finish in the 239-runner field at the NCAA South/Southeast Championships (26:25) ... No. 2 among the Emory contingent and 98th out of 343 runners at Pre-Nationals (26:30) ... Paced the squad and was seventh overall among 176 entries at the 7K JSU Foothills Invitational (22:51) ... Member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

Sophomore (2017):
Competed in six events and ended up scoring on two occasions ... Raced to all-region honors after crossing the finish line in 34th place (team's No. 6 finisher) with a personal-best 8K time of 25:31 at the NCAA South/Southeast Championships ... Fifth on the team and 51st out of 175 entries at the Furman Classic with an 8K mark of 26:42 ... Helped Emory to a first-place performance at the JSU Foothills Invitational as the squad's No. 5 finisher and ninth overall in a 183-runner field, posting a time of 26:44. 

Freshman (2016):
Registered a solid freshman season ... Competed in six events ... Top 8k time was a 26:11 at the Inter-Regional Border Battle that placed him 126th out of 382 runners ... Scored as the Eagles' No. 5 finisher and ranked ninth out of 66 entries at the Watermelon Run ... Emory's No. 6 runner and registered a 51st-place overall finish out of 391 hopefuls at the Greater Louisville Classic with a time of 26:17 that represented his second-best time of the year ... Raced at the UAA Championships and the NCAA South/Southeast Region Championships. 

High School:

Fine cross country and track performer at Hopkins High School ... Was coached by Mike Harris ... Served as team captain his senior year ... Top 5,000-meter times was a 15:55 in the 2015 state meet ... Clocked a 4:22 in the 1,600 meters ... Captured all-state honors in cross country his final campaign ... Helped Hopkins HS to a 2015 Class AA state championship ... Hopkins High School cross country was ranked No. 1 in the nation and competed at the NIKE Nationals in Portland, Oregon.

Son of Tim and Susan Branson ... Majors in political science ... Born August 22.

Sam Branson's Top 8K Times

Year Event Time
2017 NCAA Regionals 25:31
2018 NCAA Championships 26:00
2018 Montevallo Classic 26:05

Inter-Regional Border Battle

2016 Greater Louisville Classic 26:17