Otis Harris
Otis Harris

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Edward, MS

High School:
Hinds

Height:
6-1

Event:
Sprinter

Major:
Business


8X ALL-AMERICAN

Team Captain

2003 SEC Outdoor 400m Champion

2003 NCAA Oudoor 400m Runner-up

NCAA Champion

OUTLOOK: Will try to pick up where he left off in 2003 after impressive last two months of the outdoor season ... One of the SEC's top quarter milers ... Will provide senior leadership on and off the track.

2003: Indoors, placed third in 400m at Virginia Tech Invitational ... Finished fifth in 400m at the SEC Four-Way Meet ... Won 400m heat at New York's Meet of Champions ... Paced field in his heat with best indoor time of the season (48.29) and went on to a fifth-place finish in the 400m at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Helped 4x400 relay team to SEC Title along with teammates Kenneth Ferguson, Otukile Lekote and Jonathan Fortenberry ... Earned All-American status as part of 4x400 relay team that set a school-record time of 3:05.10 and finished third at NCAA Indoor Championships ... Outdoors, won the 400m dash at the Sea Ray Relays ... Placed second in the 400m dash at the SEC Quad Meet ... Also placed second in the 400m dash at the Weems Baskin Sprint Relays ... Took first at the Orange & Purple Classic at Clemson and broke his own school record with time of 45.37 ... Won his heat in the 400m dash at the SEC Championships ... Again broke his own school record with time of 45.28 in the finals of the 400m dash at the SEC Championships to claim his first SEC title ... Ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m relay that won the SEC title ... Won the finals of the 400m dash at the NCAA East Regional while also winning his heat in the preliminaries ... Ran the opening leg of the 4x400m relay team that finished third at the NCAA East Regional with a time of 3:07.26 ... Topped own school record with time of 45.08 in 400m semifinal at NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Shattered school's 400m record in NCAA final with time of 44.57 and finished as runner-up after a photo finish determined that Minnesota's Adam Steele crossed the finish first by sixth-thousandths of a second ... Qualifier for U.S. Outdoor Championships, but did not compete due to injury.

2002: During indoor season, won the 400m dash at the UNC Early Invitational and at the Five Way SEC Meet ... Placed fourth in the 400m dash at the Tyson Invitational and the Meet of Champions ... Finished sixth in the 400m dash at the SEC Championships ... Qualified for the 400m at the NCAA Championships ... All-American with the 4x400m relay that finished third at the NCAA Championships, clocking the school record at 3:05.90 ... Finished the indoor season with the school record in the 400m at 46.28 ... Outdoors, competed in the 400m dash at the Sea Ray Relays ... Placed third in the 400m dash at the Spec Town Relays ... Finished fifth in the 400m dash at the SEC Championships ... Ran a leg of the winning 4x400m relay at the SEC Championships, shattering a nine-year old SEC record to put up a time of 3:02.81 ... Placed eighth in the 400m dash at the NCAA Championships ... Was member of NCAA Champion 4x400m relay team, running the third leg of the relay that shattered the school record, setting it at 3:02.16 ... All-American in the 400m dash and the 4x400m relay ... Finished the season with the school record in the 400m at 45.42 and also as a member of the school record 4x400m relay.

2001: Indoors, placed second in the 400m at 47.54 in the SEC Quad meet ... Ran a time of 46.56 in his qualifying heat of the 400m at the SEC Championships to take the second position on the USC Indoor Honor Roll ... Went on to finish fourth in the same event in the final with a time of 46.70 ... Placed fourth at the SEC Indoor Championships ... At the NCAA Championships, was sixth in the 400m ... Ran the third leg of USC's 4x400m relay which finished third and picked up his second All-American honors at the Championship ... Outdoors, placed first in 400m dash at UTEP with a time of 45.79 ... Finished second at SEC Quad and sixth at Duke Invitational in 400m dash with the same time of 46.49 ... Came in first in his heat at SEC Championships in 400m with a time of 46.50 but did not advance to the finals due to injury ... At Georgia Tech, ran a 46.19 400m dash, a personal best, to finish fourth ... Ran the 400m at the NCAA Championships ... In addition ran a leg of the 4x400m relay ... Competed at the USA Junior Nationals where he finished third in the 400m ... Later competed for the USA at the USA-Great Britain dual meet running the 400m and the 4x400m relay.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Hinds High School ... Coached by James Battle ... National champion in Junior Olympics two years in a row ... Last year was first-team All-American in the 400m ... Ran 46.5 in the 400m ... Ran a 21.5 in the 200m ... Lettered in track and football for four years ... Won Footlocker Outdoor Championships ... Won Golden West Invitational ... Named MVP in track and Most Outstanding Track Athlete ... High school track and field team won three consecutive state championships.

PERSONAL: Majoring in Sociology ... Son of Otis and Cheryl Harris ... Favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan ... Favorite movie is Pulp Fiction ... Admires his father the most ... Born on June 30, 1982, in Edwards, Miss.

Top Times- 400m: 44.57; 200m: 21.5

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