June 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia’s track and field team has signed instate sprinters Derrick White and Jeremy Harden as the Bulldogs continue preparations for 2014.
White, a native of Lithia Springs, and Harden, a native of Evans, will be joining sprints coach Jon Stuart and his corps, who have captured one NCAA title and five Southeastern Conference titles since 2007.
White was third in the 400-meter dash and in the 200 at the 2013 GHSA AAAAA State Championships following a pair of wins in the same events at the 5A Section –A meet. White, who also swept the 200 and 400 at the Region 5-AAAAA meet, took third in both the 200 and 400 at the 2013 Georgia Olympics. He has personal-best times of 21.66 (200) and 48.60 (400).
White was named the NeighbordhoodNewspapers.com Athlete of the Week in March of this year and was the student body president at Lithia Springs.
“Derrick will be able to instantly contend for a spot of the 4x400 relay,” said Stuart. “I expect him to develop into a excellent quarter-miler.”
Harden was the runner-up in the 100 at this year’s GHSA AAAAA state meet and took fourth in the 200 finals after taking second in both events at the Region 5A Sectional-B meet. He also ran the anchor leg on the second-place 4x100 relay team at the GHSA state meet as his squad clocked a 42.84. Harden has personal bests of 10.61 (100), 21.56 (200) and 49.19 (400).
At the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals, Hardin took eighth in the 60 with a personal-best time of 6.90. A recipient of the Ga.MileSplit Track Athlete of the Week honor, he finished second in the 100 at the 2013 Georgia Olympics.
“Jeremy will shore up the 4x100 relay and, in time, position himself among the top sprinters in the SEC,” Stuart said. “Both Jeremy and Derrick are outstanding student-athletes that will fit in perfectly to our system of training, and be able to handle the most important roll of being a ‘student’ as well.”