Herald Staff Report
CLINTON — When Nate Harden qualified for the Iowa high school state swimming meet this winter, he became just the second Clinton High School athlete to compete at a state postseason event in four different sports.
But, his success carried on beyond the pool, the fields or the track. He also was named to the Class 4A Academic All-State team by the Iowa Football Coaches Association. Harden has maintained a 3.97 grade-point average while being a four-sport athlete.
“I take my academics seriously,” Harden said. “It’s a great honor and it makes me feel very special.”
Harden, who started for Clinton’s playoff football team last fall, was a member of the baseball team that reached the state semifinals and was a state qualifier in the discus and shot put in track and field, still found time to study while balancing those activities.
Harden said his biggest motivation was his parents, Jim and Roberta Harden.
Harden has been accepted to continue his education at Iowa State University, where he plans to study engineering.
Harden was one of 40 players selected in Class 4A. Other area selections were Maquoketa’s Jebediah Miller and Cory Wirth in Class 3A, and Jack Murphy of Northeast in Class 2A.