Jeremy Harden’s first love is football, but track is his ticket to college.
Harden, a sprinter for the Greenbrier High School 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,” said Greenbrier track coach Kati Smallwood. “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 has stood since Ryan Bowers set it in 1997 – until Harden shattered it this year.
“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.”
In addition to track, Harden also played football for Greenbrier, rushing for 467 yards and two touchdowns last season.
At Georgia, Harden said, he’ll focus on running the 100-meter dash, 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. He committed to Georgia after also visiting Ole Miss and Georgia Tech.
“I can’t think of many people who have a better work ethic than he does,” Smallwood said. “He’s so focused.”
Harden said he plans to study sports medicine.