Harrington to Penn for football and track

Harrington to William Penn(photo courtesy of Melcher-Dallas High School) Melcher-Dallas Senior Ethan Harrington signed a letter-of-intent to attend college at Willliam Penn University. He will play football and run track at the school. In the front from the left are Lucas Harrington, Kathy Harrington (mom), Ethan Hrrington, Greg Harrington (father). In the back are Sally Smith, M-D Football and Track Coach Bart Elliott, Allen Friesen Track Head Coach at William Penn, Sharon Bingham and Bob Bingham.

Melcher-Dallas Senior Ethan Harrington didn’t have to look far to find a college that suited him.

He visited Simpson College in Indianola and William Penn University in Oskaloosa.

He will be attending William Penn and be a student-athlete at the school as he’ll pursue the sports of football and track.

“I felt a lot of weight was lifted off my chest when I made my college choice,” Ethan said. “I picked Penn because it felt like home with a smaller campus and smaller classes.”

Ethan competes in four sports at M-D, baseball, football, track and basketball.

He likes both sports he’ll participate in while at college, but he said if pressed to list a favorite it would be track.

“It just feels natural being on the track. I work pretty hard at the sport. I’ve learned that you only get out what you put into sports,” he stated.

As far as track is concerned, he has had three varsity coaches in his four years at M-D. He ran for Mike Horstman, Amy Stuart and now Bart Elliott.

Ethan said, “It hasn’t been easy to run for three different coaches. They all have their own style and different workouts to adjust to.”

Ethan, who is the son of Kathy and Greg Harrington, aims to major in Industrial Technology at William Penn.

He carries a 3.2 GPA at Melcher-Dallas High School. His favorite teachers are Ms. Borchers and Ms. Heaberlin. They teach History and English respectively.

Ethan has lettered in both football and track all four years.

In track he has qualified for state two years in a row and hopes to make it three.

Ethan commented, “I’d like to thank my parents, my family and others for helping push me along the way.”

His message to others is, “Go hard and don’t give up!”

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