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    Stephen Harris     
     
      Stephen Harris
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Norcross, Ga.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 185

Event:
Decathlon/HJ/400

Experience:
3L

2002-Outdoor- Selected as co-captain along with Tim Bell and Hassaan Stamps for 2002 squad ... Earned Captain’s Award and Ironman Award at team banquet ... Winner of Vic Davis/Earl Zwingle Scholarship, given to a rising senior who has demonstrated exceptional campus leadership through participation in extracurricular activities ... Chosen as one of 16 amateur athletes honored along with Gwen Torrence and Ambassador Andrew Young at the 2002 Peach of an Athlete Role Model Awards Banquet sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America ... Harris holds the fifth spot on Tennessee’s vaunted all-time decathlon list, behind such notables as Tom Pappas, Brian Brophy, Aric Long and Chad Smith ... Capped his junior year by going a perfect three for three in securing All-America acclaim in the decathlon ... Turned in a lifetime-best decathlon score of 7,955 to earn fourth and contribute valuble points to Tennessee’s runner-up finish at the NCAA Outdoors (June 1) ... Finished seventh with 7,712 points in the USA Decathlon Championships to close a busy spring of competition ... Secured his automatic qualifier for NCAAs at his third decathlon of the year, the Georgia Tech Invitational, after spending the spring snakebit in the pole vault ... Took runner-up at Georgia Tech with a 7,520 tally ... Despite a no-height in the pole vault, Harris took fourth with 7,047 points to help the Vols to the SEC Outdoor team title ... Took ninth in the high jump (6-10 1/4) and long jump (24-3) in an attempt to scrap for points at the SEC Outdoors ... Ended up ninth with 6,414 points after a no-height in the pole vault at the Sea Ray Relays decathlon .. Tied for the win in the high jump with a 6-8 clearance in the high jump at the Knoxville Invitational ... Clocked a 14.40 to take sixth in the 110m hurdles and leapt 6-9 to earn fifth in the high jump to help Tennessee defend its 32-year home winning streak at the Gatorade Classic ... Finished fourth in the 400m dash in a lifetime-best 48.09 and third in the long jump with a 23-3 1/4 mark to help the Vols to the Cal Invitational title (March 23) ... Offered up his lifetime-best mark in the javelin, 192-7, to take third at USC’s Trojan Classic.

2002-Indoor- Finished fourth with a lifetime-best 5,689 score, the third-best score all-time by a collegian, in the USA Indoor Heptathlon (March 2) ... Proved to be a big scorer at the SEC Indoors with a runner-up finish in the pentathlon (a lifetime-best 4,236 points) (Feb. 22) and long jump (24-7 1/4), in addition to tying for 13th in the high jump with a 6-6 3/4 mark ... Took third in the long jump (23-2) and fourth in the high jump (6-9) to help secure the SEC Eastern Division Challenge title ... Helped the Vols to the team title at the Armory Invitational with a third-place finish in the long jump (24-0 3/4) and ninth-place clearance in the high jump (6-9).

2001-Outdoor- Named Most Valuable Field Athlete at track banquet...After just two years donning the orange and white, Harris is well on his way to becoming one of Tennessee's greatest decathletes because of his work ethic, consistent improvement and ability to produce at championship events...Harris tallied a 7,871w to earn runner-up honors at the NCAA Outdoors (May 31) for his second All-America certificate in as many years...Harris finished just 18 points behind champion Santiago Lorenzo, a difference of about 2.5 seconds in the concluding 1,500M run...Harris' eight points, the second-highest contribution among the Vols, proved vital to Tennessee's effort as the Vols walked away NCAA champions by one point...Peaked at the NCAAs with first and second day PRs plus notching decathlon PRs in the long jump, 110M hurdles and 1,500M run...The 7,871w score stood as the third-best in the NCAA in 2001...Harris holds the fifth spot on Tennessee's vaunted all-time decathlon list, behind such notables as Tom Pappas, Brian Brophy, Aric Long and Chad Smith...Harris continued his string of PRs with a 7,804-point, gold-medal performance at the Sea Ray Relays decathlon (April 11-12)...Although a bit off his Sea Ray decathlon performance, Harris still easily took second with 7,519 points to open the SEC Outdoor Championships (May 10-11)...Harris posted decathlon PRs in the 110M hurdles, pole vault and high jump at the SECs...Harris attempted to scrap for more points by also competing in the high jump (4th-tie, 6-9 3/4) and long jump (13th, 22-2 1/4) at the SECs after the decathlon concluded...Qualified for and competed in the USA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.

2001-Indoor- Qualified for the USA Indoors with a PR 4,033-point pentathlon win at the Virginia Tech Pentathlon (Feb. 2)...Took ninth (second among collegiates) with a personal-best 5,364 points at the USA Indoor Championships heptathlon in Atlanta, Ga. (March 3)...Versatile even for a decathlete, Harris entered three events at the SEC Indoors...He took seventh in the high jump (6-9 3/4), 17th in the long jump (22-2 1/2) and ran the second leg on Tennessee's fourth-place distance medley relay (9:57.34).

2000-Outdoor- Earned Most Valuable Freshman Award at team banquet...Harris has proven himself to be one of the most valuable and versatile members of Tennessee's freshman class, his All-America honor providing testimonial to the fact...Harris was tabbed the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Co-Freshman of the Year with Mississippi State's Pierre Brown...Harris' performance at nationals was the best finish ever by a freshman in the NCAA decathlon...A decathlete by trade, Harris has stepped in to help the Vols in everything from the high jump to the 4x400M relay...Harris staked his claim as the next great Tennessee decathlete by taking fourth place and an All-America certificate at the NCAA Championships in just his third career decathlon...At the NCAAs, Harris piled up 7,651 points en route to fourth place to tie for Tennessee's second-highest scorer for the meet...With Harris' performance at the NCAA Championships, he broke UT's freshman decathlon record, previously 7,576 points by Lawrence Johnson in 1993...Between Harris and teammate Boris Kawohl, half of the nation's top four decathletes at the NCAAs wore orange and white...At the NCAAs, Harris notched first and second day PRs along with decathlon PRs in the long jump, 400M dash, 100M hurdles, javelin, 1,500M run, pole vault and high jump...Harris earned his ticket to the NCAA Championships via his 7,313-point performance to garner third in the SEC Championships decathlon (May 12), in just his second time to compete in the event...In the SEC decathlon, Harris won the high jump and finished third in a field of 21 in the 400M dash and the 1,500M run...Harris earned his first provisional mark in his first decathlon, a fourth-place, 7,293-point effort at the Florida Relays (March 23)...At Florida, Harris won the high jump and finished second in the 100M dash, 400M dash and the 1,500M run...Harris unselfishly stepped in when the injury bug bit the Vol 4x400M relay team at the SEC Championships...At the SECs, Harris ran anchor on the 4x400M relay team that earned fifth place in 3:07.13, Tennessee's fastest time in the event at that point of the season...The versatile Harris has found his way onto the Tennessee outdoor season top four list in five categories (100M dash, 400M dash, high jump, long jump and decathlon)...Harris won the open high jump at the Sea Ray Relays (April 14) in Knoxville with a PR clearance of 7-1...Scored in three events (high jump-third, long jump-third and 400M dash-seventh) at the SEC Quad (April 1).

2000 Indoor- Harris earned fourth with 3,761 points to finish fourth at the Virginia Tech Pentathlon, his first time competing in the event... Harris won the high jump with a height of 6-8 in the Virginia Tech Pentathlon...Stood as one of three Tennessee high scorers with 15 points at the SEC Quad in Lexington, Ky. ...At the SEC Quad, Harris scored in the long jump (third), high jump (fourth) and the 400M dash (fifth)...Finished 12th in the high jump by clearing 6-8 and 15th in the long jump with a 22-9 1/4 leap at the SEC Indoors...Soared 6-11 to take second in the high jump and leaped 22-7 3/4 to earn third in the long jump at the UT All-Comers Meet.

HIGH SCHOOL- Holds Gwinnett County Championship Meet records in the 300M hurdles (38.31), 400M dash (49.04) and the high jump (6-9)...Member of four relay teams that hold Norcross High records...Three times voted All-County in track and once in cross country...Took fifth in the state (high jump) and sixth (300 hurdles)... Holds a high school 400M dash PR of 48.98.

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