Barracudas News · Spring Sport Senior Athlete Focus: James Harris

Jamie Harris is a senior member of the UCHS boys track and field program.  He is the son of  Nicole Harris and Dr. James Harris, Jr.  In addition to track and field Jamie has also been an integral part of the Barracudas boys soccer and basketball programs over his career. Jamie was a three year letter winner in soccer earning the most improved award his sophomore season and being named a Foothills Athletic Conference Character Award winner this past fall.  He was also a three year letter winner in basketball and was awarded the SPAA Conference Christian Character award his junior season.  In both soccer and basketball Jamie was a quiet performer who did the fundamental and unappreciated things like rebounding, playing defense and putting himself before the team, exceptionally well.

In track and field Jamie was poised to have a breakout season as an individual performer as evidenced by the two meets in which he competed this spring and the strong finish he had last season.  Jamie set school records in both the high jump and the long jump his junior year, a season that saw him named the most improved member of the UCHS boys squad and qualify for the NCISAA Division III State Championship in both the long and high jump.  He also equaled his own school record in the long jump in the first meet this season.

Off the fields and courts of competition Jamie is a strong student who and servant leader at University Christian.  He participated in the Envirothon competition and the Foreign Language competition during his scholastic career.  He also worked at Open Door Homeless Ministry helping provide assistance to the clients at that non-profit organization.

Jamie will enter Oakwood University in the fall where he will pursue a degree in the physician assistant program.

Ever the quiet leader, who always let his actions speak far louder than his words, Jamie had brief but profound memories of his times in athletics, especially track and field, and a message to his teammates.  His favorite memory of track was the bus rides to and from meets where he enjoyed socializing with his friends.  His parting message to his fellow teammates is so Jamie Harris; “Keep working hard”.

In a world often dominated by people who are quick to extol their own accomplishments and abilities Jamie is a refreshing throwback to a more humble and civil time with his quiet personality and virtuous character.  Jamie has been an excellent student-athlete who has set the bar high for those who come after him. We wish Jamie the best of luck and the blessings of God as he moves to his next step in life’s journey.