1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Kenny Harrison

KENNY HARRISON

Born: February 13, 1965, in Milwaukee, Wi

Current Residence: Los Angeles, Ca

PR: Triple Jump 59-4.25 (1996)

High School: Central HS, Brookfield, Wi '83

College: Kansas State '88

Height: 5-10

Weight: 165

Coach: Bob Kersee

Agent: Greg Foster

Club: unattached

1982: best of 48-8.5.

1983: best of 52-4.5…2nd at Golden West (52-4.5).

1984: best of 54-1.75…11th in NCAA…22nd in qualifying at Olympic Trials…won USA Juniors…silver in Pan-Am Juniors.

1985: best of 53-5.5…7th in NCAA Indoor; 5th in LJ.

1986: best of 56-0…won NCAA Indoor LJ…won NCAA (56-0); 6th in LJ…4th in USA Champs…ranked #4 U.S. at TJ by T&FN; #6 U.S. at LJ.

1987: best of 56-0…3rd in NCAA Indoor LJ…2nd in NCAA…7th in USA Champs…2nd in World University Games…ranked #7 U.S. at TJ by T&FN.

1988: best of 56-3.25…won NCAA Indoor; 8th in LJ…2nd in NCAA LJ…6th in Olympic Trials…ranked #4 U.S. at TJ by T&FN; #9 U.S. at LJ.

1989: best of 57-3.75…6th in USA Indoor…ranked #4 in world (#2 U.S.) at TJ by T&FN.

1990: best of 58-10…won USA Indoor (55-0)…won USA Champs (56-3.25)…won Goodwill Games (58-1.25)…lost only once, in Zurich to Mike Conley…ranked #1 in world at TJ by T&FN.

1991: best of 58-4…won USA Champs (56-10)…won gold at World Champs (58-4)…ranked #1 in world at TJ by T&FN.

1992: best of 55-11.75…6th in Olympic Trials…surgery for torn cartilage in knee…ranked #4 U.S. at TJ by T&FN.

1993: best of 56-8…2nd in USA Champs (56-8)…10th at World Champs (55-11.75)…ranked #2 U.S. at TJ by T&FN.

1994: best of 57-2.25…2nd in USA Champs…ranked #2 in world (#2 U.S.) at TJ by T&FN.

1995: best of 55-11.25…won USA Indoor (55-9)…ranked #2 U.S. at TJ by T&FN.

1996: best of 59-4.25…won Olympic Trials (59-1.25w)…gold at Olympic Games (59-4.25 AR)…ranked #2 in world (#1 U.S.) at TJ by T&FN.

1997: best of 57-5.5…won USA Champs (55-8.25)…9th at World Champs (55-11.25)…ranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) at TJ by T&FN.

1998: best of 55-11.25…8th at Goodwill Games (54-2.75)…ranked #4 U.S. in TJ by T&FN.

The Rest of the Story: In high school, Harrison was the number two prep in the nation…in college, he seemed just as good as a long jumper, but he dropped that event when he graduated…self-coached for years, now he works sometimes with Bob Kersee…lives with Gail Devers…whether he will compete in 1999 or not is a mystery, as Harrison doesn't like to reveal his plans, and rarely speaks with the media…created a minor stir at the 1996 Olympics by angrily refusing to talk to reporters after he won the gold medal…he later claimed he just wanted to go "home and share the moment with Gail."