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Faces in KS: Braden Rose

Braden Rose of Buhler gets it done in the weight room and its shown in football and track.
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
May 22, 2018

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If Sports in Kansas gave out all-state awards or lifter of the year awards in strength and conditioning in the state of Kansas a stop they would probably have to make would be to Buhler High School to check out senior multiple sport athlete and weight room warrior, Braden Rose. Rose is a freak athlete and in sports, freak is a big-time compliment. 

Rose, a Washburn football commit, for traditional 4A/4A-I power Buhler, is not just a stud football player for the Crusaders. In fact he is one of the top track and field athletes in the state of Kansas for 2018, but where that all starts is the weight room.

Rose has only been lifting weights for about 2.5 years and is one of the strongest athletes pound-for-pound in Kansas. Another thing that is very rare, he is also very quick featuring 4.5 range in the 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1 and 235-pounds. The 4A state powerlifting champ squats 525, benches 340 and has a 335 clean. All numbers that are off the charts for a high school senior, especially in just a little over two years of lifting seriously. 

The lifting has transititoned nicely into track and field where he has a  191'4" toss in the javelin, 55'1.5" in the shot put and 172'1" throw in the discus. Rose will have an opportunity to potentially add two 4A titles this coming weekend in the shot put and javelin, both marks he ranks in the top two of by regional distance. He had the top 4A regional distance in the javelin while the second best distance in the shot put. His discus mark ranks 10th entering. He will also have a heavy challenger in teammate, Brendan Webb, featured in the fall on Faces in Kansas for football. Webb threw 54-01 in the shot at regionals and also qualified in the discus. Webb has signed to play football at South Dakota and has thrown up to 57 feet this year. 

Rose will be back in action at the 2018 State Track and Field Meet in Wichita this Friday and Saturday. We caught up with the outstanding senior athlete below in the lastest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas. 

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How did you get involved with sports?

I got involved in sports when my mom signed me up for hutch recreational sports at a young age.  It started with soccer.  This made me want to try other sports. Then it was football and basketball.  I didn’t start Powerlifting and Track & field til High School.  

What are the goals and expectations this season? 

My biggest goal for our team is to win state.   My biggest goal for myself is to be a state champion in javelin. Also, I want to be a state champion in shotput after realizing it’s well within reach. I want to place in the top three in discus. 

What all sports do you play and what’s your favorite?

I was involved in football, powerlifting, and now track this school year. My overall favorite of them is football without a doubt. 

What is your training like and how did you become such a weight room beast?

I started lifting my sophomore year after football season with some of my good friends. They got me on the right track and taught me a lot of things I didn’t know.   Sophomore year was my first trip to the State Powerlifting Meet and I placed 2nd.  That was a big motivator.  I knew if I worked harder I could be a State Champion.    My Junior and Senior year I became the 4A State Champion in my weight group.   My normal lifting plan is six days a week and hitting different muscle groups each day. On top of lifting at genesis, I lifted at school for football. I noticed a lot of my gains in squat and clean coming from Coach Warner’s lifting program. Most of the time I was lifting twice a day.

What is it like to go your school?

Buhler is a great school.  Over my four years I have had great Coaches, Teachers and friends who have helped mold me into the person I am today.  Along with a great family who have been very supportive in everything I do.

Who are other key people on your team this year, is it key to have someone on your team like Brendan Webb push you?

Yes, it is always nice to have competition.  Competition makes you better! 

How awesome do you think Cessna will be?

It will definitely be amazing. I have already been there twice for javelin and shotput. I always look forward to being in the stadium and throwing on the javelin runway and shotput ring. Hopefully, I can throw on the discus ring this year.  Would really like to go in all three throwing events.  

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

My strengths:  Dedicated & competitive - Always striving to better myself.   Not only in sports but academics too.  High Honor Roll at Buhler High School for 4 years.  Presidential  Honor Roll  at Hutchinson Community College for 2 yrs. 

My weaknesses:    Not getting enough sleep.  

How much do you do on each of your lifts?

Squat-525 Clean-335 Bench-340

What led you to choosing Washburn? 

When I went to visit and toured their campus, it just felt like the right fit to me. On top of that, all of the coaches seemed really stoked to have me there. It just felt like that’s where I belong.  

What is it like to play for your coaches?

It is amazing. I have been blessed to play for some amazing coaches.  Coach Warner who is like another father to me.  Coach Adkins in track. They have two different styles of coaching but they both get the job done.  I have enjoyed sports throughout the years because of all my Coaches. Coach Adkins asked me to try track my freshmen year and I am so thankful he did.  I can’t forget my throwing Coaches.  Coach Zachary, Hotmar & Moler.  They have all taught me so much and have believed in me from the beginning.  Track has been a great experience and I can’t wait to compete at the college level in Football and Track.  

Best athlete you’ve ever faced in any sport or all the sports and who are some key ones this year?

Sam Hankins from Manhattan in track who throws javelin. I threw against him and threw 188’ which was my PR at the time.  I have since thrown better. It helps to have someone push you to throw your best. 

Do you play any other sports, tell us about that and your accomplishments/goals?

I am involved in football, powerlifting and track. In football:  varsity Letter 4 years,  2016 4 A State Championship Runnerup , 2017 Awards: AVCTL Div. III 1st Team Offensive line , Defensive line, Kicker  & Punter , Ks.  All State -1st Team - Defensive Line - Honorable Mention Defensive line,  Team Captain, Sports in Ks. - Top 150 Ks. Senior football players - DL, Kansas Coaches  Assoc. -1st Team -All State -DE, Nominated Ks. Shrine Bowl.  2016 - AVCTL Div III - Hon. Mention Kicker & DE,  AVCTL Div. III -2nd Team OL,4A Div.  I Hon. Mention DL.  Varsity Letter 3 years in Powerlifting.  4A State Powerlifting Champion for 2018 - TW 1125 & for 2017 - TW 1150.  2nd Place 2016 TW 990.  Track & Field: Varsity letter 4 years.  Appearance at State 2 years which I Placed   4th in shotput & 5th  in Javelin for 2017.  Working on State appearance number 3 in 3 events, Discus, Shotput & Javelin.  Have broken school records in all 3 events.  

What’s it like to grow up in your town?

Hutchinson is a great place to grow up.   It is the perfect size with plenty of good restaurants and can’t forget the Kansas State Fair.  

Favorite subject in school?

Math

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

With a successful career and living on my own with a job I enjoy.