LEAVITTSBURG - Heath Harris should be thankful he has an extra year of track and field eligibility at the University of Akron.
He's more thankful his younger brother, Eric, is heading to Akron this fall.
"When I heard he was coming, I was definitely excited," Heath said. "We never ran on the same team in high school. It's definitely going to be fun to be on the same team. We'll probably race a little bit too in track."
Heath expended all of his cross country eligibility, but he has a year left, due to an injury a couple of years ago, for indoor and outdoor track and field.
Eric chose Akron over Youngstown State, Edinboro and Lipscomb.
"Honestly, I tried my best to let him make that decision," Heath said. "I've got these places that are looking at me. I definitely didn't talk down Akron at all, but I let him make his own decision."
Eric said Heath gave him the best advice for next year.
"He said have a good time and run fast," Eric said.
Heath has one more year to go in the honors program for chemical engineering. Eric, meanwhile, will pursue a nursing major.
"I'm going to keep on him," Heath said. "I know several nurses between honors and friends that I met. It's a tough program. He's definitely is going to need to stay on top of it. I'll let him know here and there."
For now, Eric is looking to get back to the Division II state track and field meet. He finished sixth in last year's 1,600-meter run.
"I've got to get to state in mile and hopefully the 800 and 4x400 relay," he said.
The Zips cross country and track and field have been steadily improving over Heath's tenure.
"We're getting good recruits," he said. "We need to keep moving in that direction. I'm excited for Eric to be able to ride that train."