With the TSSAA Spring Fling right around the corner, Bradley Central senior Harold Smith Jr. signed with Lee University to continue his cross country and track career.
“I’ve worked hard for this,” Smith stated.
According to the NCAA D-II bound runner, the local university has been watching him throughout his high school career.
During his time at Bradley, Smith has qualified for the state meet all four years and will be competing for a state championship in the 800-meter run Friday.
“Hopefully I’ll do better than I did last year, and finish in the top three. Last year I finished seventh,” Smith commented. “I feel like I haven’t peaked yet, and I’m hoping to peak at state.”
According to the Tennessee Runner website, Smith’s personal best in the 800M run is 1:55.67. He finished second at the TSSAA sectional last week with a time of 1:57.41.
Smith’s personal best in the 1600M is 4:28.41 and 10:15.74 in the 3200M.
In the 5000M, Smith has posted a personal best time of 15:56.28
While he knows that he would like to major in political science, Smith is not 100 percent sure what his role will be on the Flames track and field team.
“I know I’ll be running cross country, but I’m not sure what events I will be doing during track season yet,” Smith explained.
In their 2013 season, the Flames cross country team finished in fifth place at the Gulf South Conference Championships and then came in 11th at the NCCAA National Championships.
The track team finished 11th at the NCCAA Indoor Track Nationals in February, and then placed 12th at the NCCAA Outdoor Track Nationals in the beginning of this month.
Bears head track coach Jeremy Rogers believes that Lee will be a good fit for Smith.
“He’ll do really well at Lee. It’s a good fit for him, they’ve got some runners who run a little faster than he is, so they will be able to train him and push him,” Rogers stated. “Harold’s best days are definitely still ahead of him. If he goes up there and works hard, I think that by the time he leaves he’ll be an All-American at that level.”