Isaac Harding Qualifies For IAAF World Cross Country Championships

A Rockford student is seeing parts of the world that are new to him after qualifying in the United States to compete at World Nationals in Uganda, Africa. Isaac Harding, a Rockford graduate, was on a flight to Amsterdam Monday, March 20 before transferring to his final destination and competition with the fastest runners in the world.

He went to Belmont Elementary, North Rockford Middle School and graduated from Rockford High School last June.

Isaac Harding has had a slow start to his college running career at the University of Michigan, until recently. He redshirted his freshman Cross Country and Indoor Track Seasons, but was asked to run in the United States American Teen Finals Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon on February 4. The top 6 runners qualify to run for Team USA Under 20 at the NACAC (North American Central American Caribbean) Cross Country Championships on March 4 in Boca Raton, FL and the IAAF World Championships in Kampala, Uganda on March 26.

Isaac placed second at the USATF Cross Country Championships and 7th at the NACAC (A field of 30 mostly small countries) Championships. On Monday, March 20th, he flies to Amsterdam Netherlands to meet up with the rest of the U.S. squad to fly off to Uganda in hopes of giving him a few days to get acclimated to the 3,600-foot elevation, 85-degree heat and 90% humidity.

While running for Rockford Harding and his teammates won multiple state championships in track. He and his teammates also won the 2014 and 2015 State Cross Country Championships

Harding won Mr. Cross Country for the State of Michigan and was Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2015-2016.