Eddie Harris sets challenging shot put goal in track and field

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Eddie Harris sets challenging shot put goal in track and field

Junior Eddie Harris throws shot put during a track and field meet in the 2017 season. Harris is expected to be a leader on the team this season.

Junior Eddie Harris throws shot put during a track and field meet in the 2017 season. Harris is expected to be a leader on the team this season.

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Junior Eddie Harris throws shot put during a track and field meet in the 2017 season. Harris is expected to be a leader on the team this season.

IMAGE / Hicks Studio of Davison

IMAGE / Hicks Studio of Davison

Junior Eddie Harris throws shot put during a track and field meet in the 2017 season. Harris is expected to be a leader on the team this season.

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The four leading scorers from last year’s boys track and field teams return this season to lead Kearsley.

Coach Paul Adas, head coach, believes that junior Eddie Harris, as well as seniors Taveon Harris, Gavin Etson, and Tre’ron Griffin, will be successful.

Eddie Harris focused on field events last season.

He throws discus, shot put, and also competes in relays for the team.

Eddie has worked to improve, lifting weights and training throughout the off-season.

His typical workout consists of repetitions of his events. He also practices with the relay teams, perfecting one of the most important parts of a relay — the exchange.

“I work on hand offs with the baton,” Eddie said.

I want to hit a 51 (footer) in the shot put.”

— Eddie Harris, junior

His favorite pre-meet meal is a sandwich from Subway.

Eddie’s biggest goal this season is simple.

“I want to hit a 51 (footer) in the shot put,” Eddie said.

Eddie was close last season, but believes he can accomplish his goal this year.

At the league meet last year, Eddie threw 46 feet, 10.25 inches in shot put and at the regional meet he tossed the shot put 45-10.50.

Shot put is his favorite event.

“It’s what I am the best at,” Eddie said.

Coach Mike Simms is the girls head coach but also coaches the boys and girls in the throws, and he agrees with Harris.

Simms is Eddie’s biggest mentor.

“He keeps me motivated,” Eddie said. “He teaches me all of his ways.”

Simms believes Eddie helps the team in many ways.

He (Eddie Harris) works to get better and works to help his teammates.”

— Mr. Mike Simms, throws coach

“Eddie helps the team by competing in his event, typically winning his event,” Simms said. “It’s his job, and he takes care of business.”

He also believes Eddie is a hard worker.

“He’s very open to criticism,” Simms said. “He works to get better and works to help his teammates.”

Eddie believes he can use his hard work to improve his form.

His favorite part of track is winning medals.

Eddie will compete at the Saginaw Valley State University Indoor Invitational on Thursday, March 22, in Kearsley’s first meet of the season.

When asked if he was ready for the season, Eddie’s response was a quick, “Yes.”

As for Taveon Harris, he should help the Hornets score this year too.

Last season, Taveon scored in the league meet, running 11.50 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 53.48 seconds in the 400 dash.

At the regional meet, Taveon scored in the 100 with a time of 11.53 seconds and also placed with the 1600-relay team.

In the field events, Etson should lead the Hornets.

Etson is a long jumper and high jumper. In addition to the field events, Etson runs the 110 high hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

Last year, Etson missed scoring in each hurdle race during the league meet by one place.

Kearsley will also rely on Griffin, as the team did last year.

Unfortunately, the Hornets lost Griffin before the regional and league meets due to an injury.

Griffin is a sprinter who also shares time on the 400, 800, and 1600 relay teams.

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