YSU’s Harden ends season at NCAAs

Collin Harden set himself in the blocks for the biggest race he has ever run.

Wednesday, he took part in one of three heats of the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships in Austin, Texas.

“It meant a lot for me to compete on the nation’s largest colligate meet,” said Harden, who was Youngstown State University’s only national qualifier. “It wasn’t the outcome that I expected, but it was an amazing experience that I plan to learn from.”

He ran 52.30 seconds and finished 22nd overall.

“This will definitely drive me in the future, being that I didn’t have the best race of my season,” Harden said. “I will use this as motivation to get better. This isn’t the best feeling that I’ve had, and I want better for myself. So, I’m going to work harder each and every chance that I get.”

He said he may have another race next month, but that’s yet to be determined.

“My performance wasn’t the best, but it’s a learning experience,” Harden said. “I got out hard, which I needed to do in order to insert myself into a good position for the race. I hit too many hurdles and I didn’t run my perfect race, but I’m still blessed for all of the support that I’ve received along this journey from family, friends, past coaches and current coaches.”