Interview With Elite High School Miler Brandon Harvey


Brandon (left) finished third at TN state meet in 1600m (4:13).

Last week we wrote about the amazing progress Brandon Harvey made in the 1600m working with Run SMART coach Malindi Elmore. This week we interviewed him about that progress and his upcoming transition to college.

RS:  First off congrats on an amazing season. Malindi is an amazing coach but we’re still amazed at the transformation you made this year into an elite miler. 4:33 down to 4:13 is great progress in four years, but in one year?!?! We want to know more and share with our audience. 

RS:  When did you start running and why?
Brandon:  I started running cross country as a 7th grader in middle school when I was 13, but didn’t start track until my sophomore year because I played soccer. I started running because two of my older brothers ran cross country and unlike other sports, running gives you a very tangible way to compare athletes. If your PR is better than theirs then you are better than them, no questions asked. I liked that and wanted to be tangibly better than them.

4:33 Down To 4:13 In One Year


Brandon Harvey signed up for coaching last year to improve his 1600m time, reach all-state honors (top 8) and go on to compete at a Division 1 program. This young man was not messing around. Naturally, we matched Brandon with one of our middle distance coaches, Olympic 1500m runner Malindi Elmore. The rest is history.

At the Tennessee state meet a few weeks ago Brandon finished 3rd overall in 4:13 – a 7-second PR! That time brought his total improvement in the 1600m since he started working with Malindi to an amazing 20 seconds. And we’re proud to announce that next year we’ll be cheering him on when he competes for Ole Miss in the SEC.

Three big goals! Check. Check. Check. What’s next Brandon?