Danville senior Don Harris was the first to the trophy when his school was officially announced as Class A boys' strack and field team state championship on Thursday. And he wasn't letting go.
"Ain't nobody getting this trophy out of my hands," Harris said as he walked away from a group of photographers. He carried it over to the stands, leaped into the Danville cheering section and marched around for a while before coming back to the track to lead the Admirals' victory lap — all with the trophy in tow.
Danville won its fourth boys' team track title and first since 1990. The Admirals finished 10 points in front of Walton-Verona. St. Henry District, which won the girls' team title, finished third on the boys' side.
Harris was among several Danville athletes who also were part of the undefeated football team that won the Class 2A state championship in December. They also ended a streak on the gridiron, giving the small school its first football title since 2003.
It was a true team effort by the Admirals on Thursday. They won only two events but had high-place finishers scattered throughout the entire competition, which was halted for about an hour due to weather delays. Mr. Football winner D'Mauriae VanCleave won the 100-meter dash with an 10.96 and along with Harris was part of the winning 4-by-100 relay team.
"It feels good because we got two state rings in one year, football and track" Harris said. "This is a good feeling, a good life. God blessed us with this."