Drake Relays ‘18 will always be special for Vikings’ Coach Harris
DES MOINES (April 28) -- AHSTW boys track coach G.G. Harris will always remember the 2018 Drake Relays fondly, and not just for his team’s impressive accomplishments.
Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Viking senior Gage Clay earned a fourth-place medal in the 100-meter dash with the best time of his career. Four hours later, AHSTW placed 11th out of 80 qualifiers in the 4x100 relay, breaking a school record in the process.
About halfway between those two races, Harris received a call from his wife Cara, who informed him she was soon heading to the hospital to give birth to the couple’s fourth child. Coach Harris stuck around for the 4x100 - he later found out that Cara’s water had broke before the race - then headed for home. Fortunately, he made it back in plenty of time to witness the birth of a new daughter, Jovie Marie Harris, at 5:53 a.m. Saturday morning. The Harris family also includes one son, Boston, age 7, and two other daughers, Jersey, 5, and Jensyn, 1.
If the Viking 4x100 had improved their time by just .07 of a second more, they would have qualified for the event final on Saturday afternoon.
“Maybe it’s a good thing we didn’t make the final because that would have made for a really crazy day,” Harris joked.
As of Sunday, the entire Harris family had returned home and G.G. reported that both mother and child were doing great.
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