MARY JAYNE HARRELSON
Events: Middle distance
PRs: 800m - 2:02.35 (2000); 1500m - 4:07.37 (2001)
Born: June 17, 1978 in Roxboro, N.C.
Current Residence: Blacksburg, Va.
High School: Person HS (NC) '96
College: Appalachian St '01
Coach: Ben Thomas
Career Highlights: 2002 U.S. Indoor mile and 800m runner-up; Two-time NCAA Outdoor 1,500m champion (99, 01); 2001 NCAA 800m runner-up; 2003 Pan Am silver medalist
A member of several international U.S. teams, Harrelson hopes to make her first Olympic Team. Generally a 1,500m runner, she also has shown great ability in the 800 meters, having placed fifth in that event at 2002 USA Outdoors and 2004 USA Indoorsknown for her fierce determination and competitiveness, Harrelson made amazing strides while attending Appalachian Statea former basketball player, at A-State she focused all of her attention on runningHarrelson won two NCAA titles, both at 1,500m, while at Appalachian Statein 2001, she qualified for her second international team, finishing fourth at the World University Games in China despite being injured. Harrelson hopes to use the sport to impact the lives of othersgraduated with a degree in Criminal Justice.
2004: 5th at USA Indoors 800m (2:05.77) & 1500m (4:15.90)10th in
1500m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (4:11.63)5th in heat 2 at World Indoors
(2:05.16)8th in 1,500m at adidas Boston Indoor Games (4:16.79).
2003: 6th at USA Outdoor 1,500m (4:14.15)2nd at Pan Ams (4:09.72)1st in 800m at Walnut, Calif. (2:03.31) 2nd in 1500m race #2 at Brunswick (4:09.58)ranked #5 in U.S. at 1,500m by T&FNbests of 2:03.31 & 4:09.58.
2002: Runner-up at U.S. Indoor 800m (2:04.00) and Mile (4:33.88)5th at USA Outdoors 800m (2:03.35)2nd at Brunswick (2:03.11)1st at Atlanta (2:03.57)ranked #8 at 1,500m in the U.S. by T&FNbests of 2:02.79, 4:16.65 and 4:33.88.
2001: Won NCAA Outdoors 1500m (4:14.30) 2nd at NCAA Outdoors 800m (2:03.10) 4th at USA Outdoors 1500m (4:10.51) 4th at World University Games 1500m (4:11.68)ranked #4 (1500m) and #7 (800m) by T&FN bests of 2:03.10 and 4:07.37.
2000: 6th at U.S. Olympic Trials 800m (2:02.35) 5th at U.S. Olympic Trials 1500m (4:08.76) 3rd at USA Indoors Mile (4:34.75) 5th at Millrose Games Mile bests of 2:02.35 and 4:08.76.
1999: NCAA Outdoors 1500m Champion 6th at USA Outdoors 800m 9th at World University Games 800m won 800m and 1500m Southern Conference titles bests of 2:03.85 and 4:17.56.
1998: 6th in semis at USA Outdoors 800m 5th at NCAA Outdoors 800m 11th in heat at NCAA Outdoors 1500m won 800m and 1500m Southern Conference titles bests of 2:04.63 and 4:26.62.
1997: Won 800m and 1500m Southern Conference titles bests of 2:06.89 and 4:36.56.