Jan. 17, 2003
Senior decathlete and three-time All-America Stephen Harris was voted the sole team captain for Tennessee's 2003 track and field squad. Harris earned the honor by vote of his teammates upon their return from the holiday break.
Harris must fill big shoes as captains of the last two squads led Tennessee back to the promised land with two NCAA and SEC titles in as many years. If last year's NCAA and SEC title run is any judge, the yoke of team leadership should fit Harris quite well. The Norcross, Ga., native was also voted one of three Tennessee co-captains in 2002.
On the track, Harris posted a pair of fourth-place finishes as a freshman and junior and a runner-up finish as a sophomore at the NCAA Outdoors. The runner-up effort helped the Vols to their first NCAA Outdoor title in a decade. Harris' fourth-place, 7,651-point effort as a rookie stands as the best ever performance by a freshman in the NCAA decathlon. Harris' 7,955-point performance to nab fourth place at the 2002 NCAA Outdoors stands as a personal best and the fifth-best score in UT history. The 2002 fourth-place finish and lifetime-best score were made all the sweeter because Harris had been plagued with hard luck all season in the skies over the pole vault pit.
nwhile, Harris proves quite capable off the track in other qualities becoming a Tennessee Volunteer. In the fall, Harris received the Vic Davis/Earl Zwingle Scholarship given to a rising senior who has demonstrated exceptional campus leadership through participation in extracurricular activities in the spirt of Davis and Zwingle. Last April, Harris joined such notables as Ambassador Andrew Young and three-time Olympic gold medalist Gwen Torrence for the 2002 Peach of an Athlete Role Model Awards Banquet sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, Harris served as one of two students on UT's Presidential Search Advisory Committee last year. From coaching Senior Olympians to playing with children at the Boys and Girls Club Field Day, Harris has been one of the most active squad members in the track and field/cross country community service efforts.