1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Jamey Harris


Born: June 14, 1971, in Eugene, Or

Current Residence: Menlo Park, Ca

PRs: 1500m 3:40.11 (1997); Mile 3:59.19 (1997)

High School: Beaverton, Or '89

College: Fresno State '94

Height: 6-1

Weight: 150

Coach: Jeff Johnson

Agent: Gianni DeMadonna / Eric Lilot

Club: Reebok Aggies

1988: won Oregon state title in XC (AAA).

1989: bests of 1:58.1, 3:59.0 (1500), 4:22.1 (mile), 8:45.0 (3000)…4th in 1500, 5th in 3000 at Oregon state meet.

1990: bests of 3:56.66, also 1:54.8.

1991: bests of 3:45.45, also 1:53.70…won Big West Conference 1500.

1992: bests of 3:46.1 and 4:05.31, also 1:53.42…won Big West Conference 1500…169th in NCAA XC.

1993: bests of 3:43.08 and 4:01.71, also 1:49.90…32nd in USA XC Champs.

1994: bests of 3:40.86 and 4:00.4, also 1:49.74…ran 14:09.0 for 5000m…8th in 1500 heats at USA Champs (3:49.81).

1995: bests of 3:41.03 and 4:03.5.

1996: bests of 3:40.52 and 4:04.93, also 1:49.47…9th in Olympic Trials (3:46.01)…82nd in USA XC Champs.

1997: bests of 3:40.11 and 3:59.19, also 1:48.38…3rd at USA Indoor (4:02.33)…8th in USA Champs (3:48.04)…best of 3:40.11 came at Stuttgart in July (17th place)…56th in USA XC Champs.

1998: bests of 3:37.99 and 3:54.90…won USA Champs (3:37.99 PR)…5th at Edwardsville GP (3:55.13 PR)…8th in Stockholm GP (3:54.90 PR)…ranked #1 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN.

The Rest of the Story: Harris had an early exposure to track & field as a child in Eugene: "My parents started taking me to all-comers meets when I was about 6. I would do the 50, 200, high jump, and standing broad jump. I used to do it every summer after baseball season. Then I made the little league all-star team and baseball season didn't end until August"…went back to track in his sophomore year of high school, tired of baseball and looking for something to do in the spring and fall to stay in shape for basketball: "I'd always had success with running, so I gave it a shot. I never played another basketball season"…earned his degree in exercise science with an emphasis on biomechanics…works as a massage therapist with Len DeBenedictis at the Stanford Myofascial Institute…lives in a second-story apartment nicknamed "The Kalahari" because the bar downstairs is called "The Oasis"…some of his Aggie teammates call him "Jethro"…a recent convert to golf…was considering retiring after a poor race at Mt SAC in April 1998; a stellar season turned that notion around…for 1999, says, "I want to run faster and defend my U.S. title in Eugene. After that my focus will be on the Pan-Am Games and World Championships."