Peacock trio pushing each other on the track

Matthew Gourlie
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Peacock's Emmett Harrison, right, Regan Silversides and Graeme Harrison compete in the seniors boys' 800m Wednesday. Times-Herald photo by Matthew Gourlie

For four years a trio of Peacock boys have been tearing up the Gutheridge Field track.

Where they would place would depend on the race, but Regan Silversides and Graeme and Emmett Harrison have pushed each other throughout their high school careers.

“It’s good. We challenge each other where we’re weak,” said Emmett Harrison.

The trio tuned up for the SCDAA/MJHSAA section meet Wednesday by sweeping the senior boys 800-metres at Wednesday’s Mini Meet at Gutheridge Field. Emmett Harrison won the race in a personal best time of 2:03.41. Silversides was second in 2:06.78 and Graeme Harrison was third in 2:12.11.

While Emmett is more of a middle-distance runner, Graeme and Silversides are strongest in the 1,500m and the 3,000m.

“I’m more of a long distance runner,” said Graeme Harrison. Nonetheless, he ran the 800m instead of the 3,000m Wednesday.

“I wanted to get some speed in. I have the distance, I just wanted to get faster,” added Graeme Harrison.

“Plus it was fun running against Emmett, Regan and Kyle (Dalgarno from Peacock). Running together increases my speed. These guys definitely push me harder.”

Though they compete against each other on the track and in cross country, they have run marathons as a team.

“It’s more of a friendship than a rivalry,” said Silversides.

All three could be in the hunt for a provincial medal this season. They all competed as seniors last year and did well despite being at the young end of their age class.

Emmett was fourth in the 800m and 10th in the 400m. Silversiders was fourth in the 3,000m and Graeme was seventh, while Silversides was seventh in the 1,500m and Graeme finished 11th.

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