Aliyah Harmon, of Rich Central. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:12AM
Aliyah Harmon, a senior with Rich Central track and field, was second in the long jump in the 2012 Class 3A state meet with a leap of 19 feet, 2 ½ inches.
Why the long jump for you?
When I was young, I would see the big kids doing it and it looked fun. My mom didn’t want me to do it, but I just kept begging.
What other events have you done in high school?
Triple jump, 4-by-100 relay, 4-by-200 relay, 100, 200 a couple of times. I’ve done a lot of events.
How did you get started in track?
I’ve always been the type to just run, everything I did, just run. I tried it when I was in fifth grade.
Do you have a leadership role this season?
Yes. Everybody looks up to me and comes to me for different advice, different things.
What do you want to accomplish this year?
Come in first in long jump and place downstate in triple jump.
Decided on a college?
Texas Tech. I picked between Akron and Houston.
Favorite sports team?
Dallas Mavericks. I look up to Dirk Nowitzki. He’s always been my favorite player.
I wouldn’t say I have a favorite because I listen to a wide variety of music.
Favorite food in the school cafeteria?
A taco salad. They’re pretty good.
Who would play you in the movie of your life?
Angela Bassett. Her body structure and she’s very energetic. I’m very energetic.
Who’s the one person, living or deceased, you’d like to meet?
Carl Lewis, because how good he is in the long jump. I would like him to tell me how he did it.
What will you remember most about high school?
Track. All the teachers and my coaches, how they helped me a lot.
As told to Tim Tierney