State 5A track: Brighton’s Harris races three finals, takes second in all three

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By Steve Smith

LAKEWOOD – Brighton’s Cameron Harris finished off his prep track career in fine style May 18.

            He qualified for the finals in his three events, and he finished second in all three. His time in the 100-meter dash was 10.72 seconds, just 0.05 of a second off a state title.

            His time in the 110-meter hurdles was 14.03.

            “The best part was running faster than I have,” he said after the 100-meter dash. “I ran a lot better than I have the entire season. It was really satisfying to know that I was progressing and that I still have a lot more left in me.”

            He credited that success to the fact it’s his senior season.

            “Me being a senior and this being my last meet at state, I wanted to make it as good as possible. The field I was racing against, all the good conditions, the weather, I wanted to take advantage of it.”

            Harris raced against his training partner, Zion Gordon, of Regis Jesuit High School in the 100-meters.

            “It was beneficial for me and to know I can push myself against better competition,” he said. “This was the first race I’ve raced against him this outdoor season. Friendly competition is always beneficial. It worked out really great.”

Harris fashioned a time of 37.98 seconds for his runner-up slot in the 300-meter hurdles. He was not as happy about that result.

“The best part was the race (conditions) was really windy,” Harris said. “I still ran a pretty good time. I matched my P.R. (personal record) in some crazy winds. I did pretty well. I had a couple of slip-ups. The guy who beat me (Garrett Nelson of Poudre High School) is fast. He deserves a lot of credit.”

Next year, Harris will run track at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

“I can’t be really that discouraged. I had a pretty good day today,” Harris said. “The only disappointing part was not being able to come out with a first place. But it happens. Everything happens for a reason. No reason to be sad. It’s annoying that I couldn’t pull out a first place. I did everything I could today. Whatever happens happens for a reason. I really can’t be mad at the results. I improved. Overall, it’s something that should be encouraging.”