Cameron Harris: Brighton To Air Force Academy


Cameron Harris Best Marks

55 (i) - 6.48

60 Hurdles (i) - 7.81

100 - 11.03

200 - 22.16

60 Hurdles - 

100 Hurdles - 14.02

300 Hurdles - 38.27


Q) Talk about the recruitment process - what other schools were you looking at, and how did you come to choosing the Air Force Academy?

The recruitment process started out pretty slow, but as I went on during the past season, it started to pick up and I started to get more interest as I improved. Other schools that I was interested in working towards included TCU and FSU. One thing that stood out about Air Force Academy to me from the start is that they were very enthused and confident of my abilities pretty early on, so that was very encouraging to me. Air Force Academy is also a college that I have looked to attend for most of my high school years, so it was significant to me when they began to reach out.

Q) What do you plan to study at Air Force?

I plan to major in either Aeronautical Engineering or Management while I attend.

Q) What got you into track and field in the first place?

The very first thing that got me into track was actually high jump. I wasn't amazing at it, but it was always something I enjoyed doing until I eventually tried hurdles a couple years in.

Q) You've been cruising through a breakout year so far in 2019, talk about what you did to improve so much from 2018. 

The biggest thing I had to focus on was improving my mindset during my races. There were always times where my confidence wasn't where it needed to be or when I was struggling to get past a bad race. Once I learned to control my mindset in a better way, I always focused on what I could do better and what I needed to improve in order to drop my time instead of getting down on myself and dwelling on bad races. I give a lot of credit to my coaches at FK Elite as well because I was able to put a lot of faith in their methods of training and they never failed to make me better.

Q) You're not only a star on the track, but you've got a 4.0 GPA - talk about the challenges and commitments it takes to succeed on the track, and in the classroom. 

One of the harder aspects of track, for me, was balancing school work and practice time. I often found myself in situations where I did not have as much free time as other people I surround myself with, but it felt worth it once I started producing results. It helped to have people on my team who make practice feel more enjoyable, as well, so I didn't always feel like I was missing out on fun in high school.

Q) What event do you see yourself focusing on at Air Force?

I hopefully see myself pursuing hurdles even further, as well as sprints at Air Force. More specifically, I would like to focus more on the 110 Hurdles, the 100, and the 200.

Q) Could you share any goals you have for the track season?

My biggest goal is to finish out as strong as I can. If I can look back on this season at a later day and think that I am satisfied with how I prepared myself for college, then I will be happy about how I finished regardless.

Q) What would your favorite high school moment be (so far)?

My favorite moment so far was definitely New Balance Indoor. The outcome was something that I never saw myself doing a couple years ago, so it meant a lot to me knowing that the work I was putting in was producing such a great result. I was super grateful that I was able to go to this meet and experience the competition that it offered.