Like Father, Like Son


It’s fun to read through social media after a big event and find little stories that you initially missed.

I was scrolling through facebook last night, trying to find an appropriate photo for the “Everywhere Else But Philly” recap entry.  One of my usual resources has been the Patty Morgan Photography page, as Patty Morgan usually takes photos of Princeton/Mid-Atlantic region meet action (she’s also the mother of Indoor Heps pentathlon champion Taylor Morgan).  She was at the Penn Relays last week and was sharing bits and pieces of what she saw at the meet, including the following mini-story:

Penn Relays 2015- Father & Son both competing in shuttle hurdles – Cornell junior Max Hairston (formerly Wissahickon) competed in college men’s shuttle hurdles and his dad Malcolm Hairston competed for USA Masters Blue team a short time after for Masters. That doesn’t happen every day! Awesome! ‪#‎shuttlehurdles‬ ‪#‎PennRelays‬ ‪#‎Cornell‬‪#‎PattyMorganPhotography‬

Max Hairston ran the second leg of Cornell’s 4x120yd shuttle hurdle squad.  The team finished in second place in the Championship of America final with a time of 58.10, behind winner’s South Carolina’s 55.53.  Hairston also competed in the open 110m hurdle event at the Relays, running a time of 14.82.  Hairston is the conference record holder in the 110m hurdles with a personal best time of 13.74 and has previously competed at the Outdoor NCAA Championships in this event.


His dad, Malcolm Hairston, was a member of the Team USA Masters Blue team in the Masters 4x100m Shuttle Hurdle Relay event.  From our research, this was the first time this event was ever contested at the Penn Relays.  The Blue team finished 3rd in the event with a time of 1:16.44.  Dad Hairston, who was a former letter-winning defensive/line backer at Wake Forest, is an accomplished sprinter and hurdler as well.  On the Masters scene, he held the #1 World Ranking in the 55m hurdles (8.33) and #9 World Ranking in the 55m dash (7.73) for his age group during this past 2015 indoor track and field season.

So at the family dinner table, who is giving hurdling advice to whom?

Thanks to Patty for sharing this story and her photos with us.

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