By Luke Strickland – Clayton Daily News
RIVERDALE — Riverdale’s DeAngelo Harris signed a scholarship to continue his track and field career at Shorter College next season.
Harris debated between offers from Benedict College and Livingstone College before deciding on Shorter. He said the relationship he built with the program’s coaches ultimately weighed into his decision.
“I talked to the coaches and they seemed like they could all really help me out running-wise,” said Harris. “That constant communication helped me out.”
Harris was the Clayton County champion in the 200- and 400-meter dashes this year and was also part of the 4×400-meter relay team that won a county title. He is also a two-time Region 4-AAAA champion. Harris also played football at Riverdale.
The talented speedster came in second in the 400-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash at the 2016 GHSA Boys State Track and Field Championships. He was also part of the 4×400-relay team with Xavier Allen, Jaeden Douglass and Derrien Dukes that finished third.
Harris competed against Eagle’s Landing state champion Devin Dixon throughout the season, and said the two established a friendly rivalry.
“Going against Devin was really fun,” said Harris. “He’s real competitive. It was fun. If I could do it again I would love to.”
Harris said he’s developed the necessary work ethic during his career at Riverdale. He could often be found running extra laps or up hills after track practice had ended, focusing on improving to achieve his goal of earning a college scholarship.
“I did the extra work after practice,” he said. “I did the extra work to get better on the track.”
Harris will compete in at Georgia High School Meet of Champions Saturday in his final meet as a Raider. With graduation, the state championships and his signing within the same month, Harris said he’s tried to take the time to take in his achievements during such a whirlwind period.
“The other day at the banquet, I signed that day and thanked my coaches, mom and dad and my teammates,” he said. “I thanked everybody for encouraging me and keeping my head right so I can get everything done.”