What made you decide to sign with George Washington University?
I was initially drawn to both George Washington and American University for their location in Washington D.C. and their academic pedigrees. That's something that really appealed to me. Those two factors combined with a great financial situation (I recieved a full scholarship through U.S. Army ROTC) and a really exciting opportunity to be a part of the first boys track program at GW in 85 years really sold me.
Where else did you look?
American University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Wofford College and Winthrop University.
What was the college experience like in terms of recruiting?
A lot of fun! I really enjoyed taking visits, talking to coaches and getting to know some programs. I think it's important to market yourself early and then to make sure you continue to put in the work to get where you need to be by the end of your four years.
What is it like to have your father as a member of the coaching staff?
I wouldn't trade that experience to have it any other way. It can be tough some days, but I feel like being held to a high standard from a young age by my coach/dad really helped me develop as a runner.
How would you rate your season so far?
Track has gone well, maybe six of 10 well. We still have a lot of work to do as a team the next few weeks and hopefully there are a couple of PRs still to come for me individually as well.
How would you rate your last cross country season?
Wow. 1 of 10. I missed the entire summer due to an achilles tendon injury, was able to get back and run a couple of meets in time to end up in the hospital for a tricky medical mystery that turned into a kidney surgery. I really enjoy cross country and I look forward to healthy running back on the course again in the fall.
What goals academically and athletically do you have for college and beyond?
I intend to help GW in any way I can on the track and on the course. I don't know what I can do realistically, excited to find out. GW also offers a world class education which I plan to build on after graduation in pursuit of becoming a diplomat.
What would you recommend to others about the recruiting experience?
Be proactive! Market yourself early and often. If you're running well coaches might find you, but you need to be prepared to explore and open the door to some opportunities for yourself in this sport.
How did you get involved with the sport and why?
I've been running competitively since I was about seven. I love the satisfaction of a killer workout and the satisfaction of using that workout a couple weeks later to go to work in a race.
How do you want to be remembered at Lexington?
As a seventh grader in 2008 I watched us get dismantled in the cross country state meet. Then I saw a great group of runners put in the work to make sure nobody could ever ignore Lexington again. Guys like my brother Drew Harris, Colby Coulter, Blake White, and Erik Wendt built a dynasty at Lexington and I was fortunate enough to be a part of that. I don't think anyone at Lexington or anyone around the state that follows the sport will forget that any time soon.
What was the Penn Relays experience like for you and the team?
The Penn Relays were incredible. I've been around big time meets before: state meets, Taco Bell Classic, Florida Relays, NXN regionals, Footlocker...Nothing comes close, you gotta see it to believe it. A football game like atmosphere for track & field. If you love the sport, find a way to get up there!
What do you feel you have learned from running?
Running has taught me discipline, a work ethic and a sense of respect I think above all else. The benefits of our sport transcend what happens on a track or course.
What goals do you have for the rest of the track and field season?
I hope to have individual success in the 800 moving into May and I really like the way our 4x4 is running, but we are Lexington and we also really love that 4x8. Another couple of weeks to hammer some workouts and get ready to perform when it counts!