1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Flirtisha Harris

FLIRTISHA HARRIS

Events: 200m, 400m

Height: 5-0

Weight: 118

PRs: 200m 22.97 (1994); 400m 51.65 (1994)

Born: February 21, 1972, in Prince Frederick, Md

Current Residence: Houston, Tx

High School: Calvert HS (Prince Frederick, Md) '90

College: Seton Hall '94

Coach: Kim Wrinkle

Agent: Robert Wagner

Club: unattached

Harris started running at a field day competition when she was in fifth gradean academic tutor at the University of Houston, she has spent the last few years rehabbing injuriesduring her years with injuries, she says she considered quitting, "More times than I can count. You know where you were, but it's hard when you just can't get back there. To rebuild my career from the ground up has been frustrating"says, "I'm just looking for a healthy season in 1999. My injuries are next to nil now. I want to see where I fit in"expects to concentrate on the 200 and 400m, with the emphasis on the longer event.

1998: bests of 23.18 and 52.844th in 200m heat (23.23) at USA Champs.

1997: bests of 11.80 and 53.256th in 400m (53.71) at USA Indoorsidelined with hamstring injury.

1996: bests of 23.64 and 53.197th in 200m semi (24.00), 6th in 400m quarterfinal (53.46) at Olympic Trials hampered by hamstring and quad injuries.

1995: bests of 11.54, 23.28 and 52.512nd in 400m heat (53.63) at USA Indoorbronze medal in 400m (52.51) in Pan-Am Games; third leg on winning 4x100m; second leg on runner-up 4x400m (3:31.22)5th in 400m semi (52.82) at USA Champs.

1994: bests of 11.40, 22.97 and 51.65won 55m (6.87), 200m (23.44), and 400m (53.85) at Big East Indoor; anchored winning 4x400m (3:43.68)won 55m (6.85) and 200m (23.66) at ECAC Indoorwon 400m (52.11) at NCAA Indoor; anchored winning 4x400m (52.3 for 3:34.69)won 100m (11.54) and 200m (23.45) at Big East; anchored both winning relays (45.70, 3:36.72)won 100m (11.59) and 200m (23.44) at ECAC; anchored both winning relays (45.32, 3:33.23)won 400m (51.65 PR) at NCAA; anchor on winning 4x400m (50.8 for 3:30.58) 4th in 200m (23.34), 6th in 100m semi (11.49) at USA Champswon 200m (22.97) at Olympic Festivalthird leg on 5th-place 4x100m (43.79) at World Cup; second leg on 5th-place 4x400m (52.7 for 3:32.99)ranked #6 U.S. at 200m, #10 U.S. at 400m by T&FN.

1993: bests of 11.38, 23.02 and 53.09won 55m (6.90), 200m (23.68) and 400m (53.50) at Big East Indoor 2nd in 200m (23.95) at ECAC Indoor6th in NCAA Indoor 400m (53.64); anchored 5th-place 4x400m (52.7 for 3:36.85)won 100m (11.77) and 200m (23.69) at Big Eastwon 100m (11.47) and 200m (23.15) at ECAC3rd in 200m (23.02), 4th in 100m (11.47) at NCAA4th in 200m (22.99), 7th in 100m semi (11.47) at USA Champs won 200m (22.56w) at World University Games; third leg on winning 4x100m (43.37)ranked #6 U.S. at 200m by T&FN.

1992: bests of 11.50 and 23.29won 55m (6.95), 200m (23.74) and 400m (54.38) at Big East Indoorwon 200m (24.03) at ECAC Indoor6th in 200m (23.73) at NCAA Indoor; third leg on 4th-place 4x400m (52.1 for 3:36.05)won 200m (23.39), 2nd in 100m (11.60) at Big East; anchored winning 4x100m (46.08).won 100m (11.51) and 200m (23.29) at ECAC; anchored winning 4x400m (3:34.75)6th in 200m semi (23.80) at NCAAs 8th in 200m semi (23.67) at Olympic Trials.

1991: bests of 12.08 and 25.43won 200m (24.42) at Big East Indoorwon 200m (24.55), 2nd in 55m (7.07) at ECAC Indoor6th in 100m heat, 5th in 200m heat at USA Juniors.

1990: bests of 11.87 and 24.436th in 100, 8th in 200m at USA Juniors.

1989: bests of 11.99, 24.51 and 57.3.

1988: bests of 12.2 and 25.3.