Caleb Harris, son of David and Shelly Harris, is a senior at Brentwood Academy and this week’s male Athlete of the Week.
He is a member of the boys Track & Field team and competes in the high jump. He has a record jump of 6’6”.
Harris said he started competing his sophomore year, but only tried the high jump once and didn’t clear the bar. However, after practicing more, he came back junior year and went from jumping a high of 5’4” to 6’4,” winning State. Senior year, at the first meet, he reached a new high of 6’6”.
One aspect of the high jump that Harris said he values is its technicality. “High jump is very technical and takes lots of thoughts to do well,” he said.
Overcoming injury and correcting mistakes are the biggest lessons Harris said he has learned from competing.
When asked what inspires him to continue training and competing he said, “I am a competitive person and I like to win. Also I want to improve for college.”
Mutaz Barshim, an Olympic high jumper from Qatar, is one of his biggest role models and inspirations.
Outside of Track & Field, he enjoys competing on the Math Team, Robotics Team, Science Olympiad and Swim Team. He also participates in BA Book Club and helps with the school publication, Flight Magazine.
He is also a bit of a cinephile and enjoys watching movies. Some of his favorite directors are: Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini.
After graduating from BA this year, Harris will head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he will continue competing in Track & Field. He plans to double major in computer science and business management. After that, he plans to attend Stanford University for graduate school to receive his MBA and master’s degree in computer science. Post college, he would like to work at Amazon, Google, or possibly start his own tech company.