A junior, Harris is an outdoor track and football athlete who recently came out for winter (indoor) track, and has had a great debut, qualifying for the PAISAA state meet in the triple jump in his first two meets, then breaking both the indoor and outdoor school record in the triple jump with a mark of 45-1 at the Delco Indoor Championships, which ranks him among the top five in the state. Just after winning the triple jump at the Delco Indoor Championships, Harris ran third leg in the Fords' 4x400 relay team that earned third place.
Main Line Media News: When you won the indoor triple jump at Delco Championships with a school-record 45-1, did you feel that you had done something special while you were completing the jumps? What was particularly working well for you?
Reggie Harris: I was just trying to be better than last week. My coach wanted me just to keep improving and improving and I reached that goal. I think just giving it my all worked well because I had already had a good jump before my school-record, so my coach just told me to go all out and don't worry about anything. Just jump.
Main Line Media News: You had mentioned that working out in the weight room made a difference in your jumps — can you elaborate on this?
Reggie Harris: The weight room was a big difference. Since football had ended, I was in the weight room almost every day actually preparing for jumping in the spring. I didn't just do lower body, but upper body and core also because core helps a lot with just overall keeping you together and not getting small injuries throughout the season.
Main Line Media News: It's been said that in the triple jump, speed is important but the technique in the jump itself is a huge factor to achieve a long distance. Can you tell us what you try to focus on regarding technique when doing the triple jump?
Reggie Harris: I try to focus on my second phase because my first phase is so big that sometimes my second phase can't, or doesn't, match that. I think for me, it's just carrying all that momentum from the runway and from my first phase to my second phase and holding it for a longer time. Once I do this, I will definitely be reaching my goals.
Main Line Media News: Did your jumping strategy change as you moved from outdoor track to indoor track?
Reggie Harris: In outdoor track, my strategy was to make sure my second phase was being elongated and stretching out for the third phase, that is still the same for indoor track, but I have also been working on how I land in the sand - making sure my feet are going as far as possible and making sure I spend as much time in the air as I can.
Main Line Media News: At the Delco Indoor Championships, you ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay team that finished fifth, just after winning the triple jump. What is your most vivid memory of that event?
Reggie Harris: I just remember my coach talking to me before my team and I were going to do the 4x400. He was just telling me that he knew I haven't ran a 400 indoor and I don't run the 400, but just try my best and remember that there are two laps. I remember getting the baton and then it seemed like all the noise in the building stopped and I was just focused.
Main Line Media News: What brought you out for indoor track? What (to you) has been the highlight of your Haverford School track career?
Reggie Harris: One of the coaches thought I should really do indoor track because it would just get me in better shape and it would be easier to transfer right into outdoor track. I also was one of the only jumpers the indoor track team had, so it was like me helping the team and the team helping me. I think the highlight of my Haverford School indoor track career has been having the great teammates I have to cheer me on and knowing what I am capable of doing. They never stop encouraging me to keep pushing myself, and they're always there for me.
Main Line Media News: What is your favorite track venue and why?
Reggie Harris: I really liked jumping at The Hill School for the PAISAA track championships last year because it's just a great day of events. It's warm, there are a lot of people there doing many different events, and no matter what event field event you're doing, you're close enough to the track to chant your team on if they are doing their race.
Main Line Media News: You finished first in the triple jump at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Championships last spring. What was particularly working well for you that day?
Reggie Harris: I was actually ending that season with bad back pains, so I was only limited to doing the triple jump, but I think just all the competition there made me excited. I wanted to do this for me, my family, and my teammates and because Chris Morgan, a senior teammate of mine who also jumps, was out because of an injury, so I really felt for him.
Main Line Media News: Describe how you see your leadership role on the Haverford School indoor track squad.
Reggie Harris: I think just cheering on my teammates shows enough. I love the team sport and seeing my teammates compete whether they win or not. After every race I just congratulate my teammates because just because you didn't come in first, doesn't mean you did bad. As long as you tried and gave it your all, that is the only thing that matters.
Main Line Media News: What (to you) has been the highlight of your Haverford School football career to date?
Reggie Harris: I would say the game against Salesianum. I was a sophomore, and the varsity unfortunately wasn't playing too well, so in the second half, our coach decided to put the junior varsity in. We played our hearts out, and on the last play of the game, I was given a toss that flew over my hand 10 yards back. I thought for sure I was going to be tackled, but I picked the ball up and somehow I managed to juke my way through the whole team and end up in the end zone. Although we had lost that game, that touchdown was a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
Main Line Media News: What colleges are among your current favorites? What do you think you'd like to major in? Is there a career path that particularly interests you?
Reggie Harris: I'm really not sure what exactly I would like to major in and at what college, but I do enjoy science a lot. My major will definitely be somewhere in the science field.
Main Line Media News: Do you participate in any extracurricular activities at Haverford School outside of track and football? What sparked your interest in these other activities?
Reggie Harris: I am part of the art club and the philosophy club. I joined the art club because I love doing art. Ever since I took 2D Art in my sophomore year, I have not regretted it at all. I am part of the philosophy club because the nature of knowledge and existence is something that is debated every day and it is just interesting to talk about other peoples' thoughts about the existence of humans and the existence of everything.
Reggie Harris' favoritesBook: Slaughterhouse-Five.
Author: Jeanne DuPrau.
Movie: "Semi-Pro. Will Ferrell is hilarious.'
Pre-meet pump-up song: Up Up and Away, by Kid Cudi.
Athlete: LeSean McCoy.
Team: Green Bay Packers.
Place to visit: My family's house in Georgia.
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