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IL stars 2nd in Jr. Olympics

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By Robert Howey

In the spring, Indian Land High School track stars DeShon Harris, DeVonte Harris and Marlin Davis earned statewide recognition as members of the state champion Class AAA 4x400 relay team.
The trio has continued to shine this summer, dashing to national honors with the Charlotte Flight Track Club.
The Harrises, along with Davis and Gary Simpkins of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, were part of the 4x400 relay team, which placed second in the USATF Junior Olympics, where they competed in the 17-18 men’s age group.
The meet was held July 22-28 at Sacramento State University’s Hornet Stadium in California.
The 4x400 team ran a 3:17.01 to garner USATF All-American honors with the elite finish in the national meet.
Individual honors
In addition, DeVonte Harris finished seventh in the nation in the men’s open 17-18 age group for the 400-meter run. With a top-eight finish in the event, Harris earned a second USATF All-American honor.
Region 3 wins
DeVonte Harris, in the USATF Region 3 qualifying meet at Landover, Md., won the 400-meter title on July 7.
He also anchored the first-place 4x400 team with his brother DeShon Harris on July 6.
DeVonte Harris also ran a third leg on the 4x100 that won the USATF Region 3 title.
He also qualified for the 200 meters with a fourth-place finish.
DeShon Harris place fifth in the 400 meters open in the regional meet to qualify for the USATF national meet.
Year-round training
The Warriors threesome has put in the time, training year-round, which includes practice sometimes twice and three times a day.
“They have to train hard in order to have this type of success competing against athletes from all across the nation,” said Will Harris, who trains and coaches his sons. “It’s been a full summer of running, but it has been worth it for these young men as they continue to reach their potential though intense training.”
The Harris brothers are entering their senior seasons at ILHS.
Davis has signed to run track at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., where he will begin his freshman year this month.
State champs
In the Class AAA state track meet at Spring Valley High School in Pontiac, the Warriors trio and teammate Brian Adams posted a school-record 3:20.49 to garner state gold last spring. Adams, since he’s younger, doesn’t compete in the 17-18 age group.
In the state track meet, DeVonte Harris came in second in the 400 meters with a 49.33.
“I’ve watched these young men cut their times with intense work over two years,” said Yolanda Adams, mother of Brian Adams. “They are awesome on and off the track.
“I know with their effort, they have drawn their share of attention from college coaches across the nation and I look for them to continue their success as they strive to go to the next level,” she said.

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