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Greenbrier track star to run for UGA

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Jeremy Harden’s first love is football, but track is his ticket to college.

Flanked by his parents, Valeria and Lloyd Harden, Greenbrier sprinter Jeremy Harden signs his letter of intent to run track for the University of Georgia.  BARRY PASCHAL/STAFF
BARRY PASCHAL/STAFF
Flanked by his parents, Valeria and Lloyd Harden, Greenbrier sprinter Jeremy Harden signs his letter of intent to run track for the University of Georgia.

Harden, a sprinter for the Greenbrier track team, held a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate signing a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia.

Harden is the second Wolfpack track star this season to sign a Division I track scholarship. Kayla Tyson signed with Louisville in February.

“He’s been a part of three school records that were broken, and is elite level in five different events in the state in track and field,” Greenbrier track coach Kati Smallwood said. “To be on the elite level in five different events is really saying something huge about the athlete you are.”

The school also keeps a “points” record, logging each athlete’s point totals from track and field events. The school’s points record of 143 has stood since Ryan Bowers set it in 1997 – until Harden shattered it this year with 1761/2.

“He definitely raised the bar for what we want the kids to strive for,” Smallwood said. “If that happens, it can only improve the program.”

At Georgia, Harden said, he’ll focus on running the 100 meters, the 4x100 relay and the 200.

“I think I can help their program,” he said, noting that he plans this summer to work on shaving time off of his 10.61 second mark in the 100.

Harden placed second in the 100 this year in the state track meet, fourth in the 200 and anchored the 4x100 team that also placed second.

• Also Wednesday, Green­brier soccer team captain Michael Harris signed to play with NAIA University of Purdue Calumet in Hammond, Ind.

“It’s a good opportunity for me,” he said.


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