Wando alum Hampton Harvin has had an exciting couple of weeks. He committed to Clemson last Tuesday where he'll be High Jumping for the Tigers the next four years. This week, he's off to Florida where he'll take part in the USA Track and Field Region 4 Olympic Track and Field Championships. This kind of success in the event didn't even seem likely to Harvin until a couple years ago.
"It was probably my junior year" Harvin said "Sophomore year of track was rough and I wasn't even going to do it again. But my coach pushed me into it and Junior year I made the state meet. So that was kind of a turning point."
His senior year was even better. Harvin broke a Wando record that had been held for almost 40 years when he jumped 6'8". A jump that not only gave him the record, but grabbed the attention of the Tigers and helped pave the way for Hampton to go to college in Clemson.
"That was probably my number 1 goal for the season was to break that record." Harvin said "I woke up that morning and I knew it was going to be a good day. Right as I planted I knew I was going to make it. I just jumped off the mat and celebrated."
Harvin will be facing some of the stiffest competition he's ever faced when he heads to Florida, but there's only one he's worried about beating the most.
"I'm definitely competing against myself to push myself and get better. I'm hoping there's gonna be a lot of competition so it can push me. I'm definitely hoping for a new (personal) best. Maybe 6'10" or even 7 feet."