12 Questions with Blayke Harrison

By Jonathan Reyna

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(photo / Dan Nofrey)

Blayke Harrison mid-race (Photo / Dan Nofrey)

Blayke Harrison, junior at Dos Pueblos, is a top competitor in Channel League, is completely committed to track and field and is pursuing his goal of being a professional athlete.

Q: Coming into high school, did you know you were going to run track?

A: “I ran track in eighth grade, I did pretty well and then I wanted to continue my track career in high school. So, in freshman year I did cross country in the fall, which was not the best decision considering that I’m a sprinter, but it was still alright. I did track in the spring and that’s when I really fell in love with it and decided that I wanted to do track in the rest of high school and in college.”

Q: How much time do you spend training?

A: “I spend about two hours every day, running or at least doing my sprint workouts, and I lift weights for about an hour to an hour and a half and each session about three to five days a week on my own.”

Q: Is this also including over summer?

A: “Yes, over summer I’ll be putting in a lot of work, lifting for sure five days a week, really putting on a lot of mass and muscle to get myself more power and become stronger.”

Q: What do your parents think about track?

A: “[My parents] support me 100 percent. They really like to see myself push my limits and do really well in meets and [they] support me. They’re always there for me, cheering me on and giving me endless amounts of moral support, and are always happy for me no matter what. They want to see me continue my career in college.”

Blake Harrison running around the DP track in a relay (photo / Dan Nofrey)

Blake Harrison running around the DP track in a relay (Photo / Dan Nofrey)

 

Q: Do you have any idea where you want go to college?

A: “Yeah, I have a few options. Cal Poly is one of them, UC Davis is another, Westmont or long stretch but probably University of Oregon. I’ve got some options [and I’m] trying to see if I can get some money for some places and show my stuff.”

Q: Did you achieve any preset goals this spring season?

A: “I’ve been trying to get to that 11-flat range in my 100 [meter sprint] and trying to get to 22.6 in my 200 [meter sprint]. So far I have PRed down to 11.3 in the 100 [meter] and 22.9 in the 200 [meter.] I still have league finals and CIF to still try and get closer to my goal, but I think next year will be a really good season for me especially when I start putting on more muscle and really utilizing my potential.”

Q: What events do you run?

A: “I run the 4×100 meter relay, the 100 meter [sprint,] the 200 meter [sprint] and the 4×400 meter relay.”

Q: Out of all the events which is your favorite to run?

A: “I definitely like the 100 [meter] the most, just because that’s where I really go out and show ‘em, that’s kind of my zone and I show everyone else that they wouldn’t expect someone like me, who’s only 5’5″, 115 pounds, a thin little guy could be so quick, so I like to show them … It’s just a really good feeling. I like the 200 [meter] as well, but the 200 takes a lot of concentration and a lot of mental aspects. I have to keep my form on lock and run the curve a certain way or else I’ll lose the race in the first 80 meters. I’ve been noticing, same with the 100 now because I’m getting all technical with it … I like all my races, the 4×100 meter relay is definitely another fun one because me and my teammates just get out there and give them [hell] and just show them what’s good.”

Q:What steps do you take to prepare for a track meet?

A: “I just try and settle myself down, really warm up my legs, do a little bit of stretching to loosen them up … I just try to keep calm, try not to let the nerves get to me because once the nerves hit you then you’re gonna not do good.”

Q: What would you say to students wanting to try track and field?

A: “Just go for it, try every event – running, jumping, throwing – just try it all, unless you have a set goal in mind, then go for it, but I definitely think that everyone should try it. There’s no limitations or a feeling that you think that you can’t be good enough or anything like that because you never know. You just have to get out there and try it, if you like it [then] you like it, if you don’t [then] you don’t, it’s not that big of a deal. If you’re passionate about it, it’s a really fun community and we’re all good friends and we’re all really supportive of each other, it’s just a really good time. So go out and try track.”

Q: What is your best memory in track?

A: “Probably the most fun meet so far, this might sound a little bit weird, was League Finals last year just because I ran frosh/soph and I’ve been competing varsity ever since the beginning of my sophomore year. Last year as a sophomore to run frosh/soph with all the other people that were in my grade and I just dominated all my races, I got first place in all my races and I showed all the other sophomores what’s up.”

Q: Are there any competitions or schools that challenge you more than others?

A: “There are a great amount of schools in California that are like that, not so much up here, I mean there is good competition for me, but in order for me to see results I have to go against people that are from … Lompoc …  Bishop Diego, from Cate, those schools really push me. And then when you get down to the LA schools …  Long Beach, Poly, Long Beach Wilson, I can’t even compete with those guys, they’re so fast from what I’ve seen online and stuff. Definitely there are people out there that I go online and I find out who they are, and I look up to them even if they’re a grade younger than me. If they have the speed and skills to back it up, I’m going to look up to them because I’m all about improving and becoming the best of one’s potential. I’m definitely all about racing people that are faster than me just because it will push me to race faster and get PR’s and do better.”

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