Some of the biggest moments in Braden Jetton's high school track and field career have occurred in San Angelo, and on Wednesday afternoon the Brownwood Lion senior decided to make Angelo State University his college home.
Jetton, who this past weekend broke his own San Angelo Relays meet record in the 200 meters, signed with Angelo State to continue his track and field career at the NCAA Division II level.
“It's kind of a surreal feeling,” Jetton said. “I've been dreaming of going to college in any sport since I knew what that meant. It's a really good feeling to know I'll be able to run at the next level.”
In 2017, Jetton established a new San Angelo Relays record time of 22.39 in the 200 meters, and this past weekend he shattered his previous mark with a 22.17. A member of last year's 4x100 state qualifying team for the Lions, Jetton hopes another trip to state — competing both in relays and as an individual — is in the future.
“I'm where I need to be and from here on out I just need to keep getting better and better,” Jetton said. “When the regional and state track meets come around hopefully I'll be at my best, running my best times. My goal is to run as good as I can and know I did as well as I could. My main goal is I want to go to state and try and medal at state.”
Jetton stated he chose to attend Angelo State over Hardin-Simmons and some other Division III programs.
“I went and visited there about a month or so ago and I just knew that's where I wanted to go,” Jetton said. “The campus is nice, everybody's really good people there, and the facilities are really nice.”
Jetton has excelled in multiple sports during his time at Brownwood High School and reflected on his fondest memories.
“The support from the community is unreal,” Jetton said. “No matter what sport you're in, the community is going to be there to support it, and that's what I'm going to miss the most.”
As for his objectives when he arrives at ASU, Jetton said, “The first goal is to make the team, then work my way up. I want to be the top sprinter and my main goal is to win a national championship there.”
Jetton, who is the son of Brad and Christi Jetton, plans to study Business Accounting at Angelo State with a goal of becoming a CPA.