One of the top track and field athletes of his generation, Harris actually began his career as a first team All-League running back for Perris High School in California. Originally recruited to Iowa State University on a football scholarship, he became an instant star on the track after securing a place on the 1984 US Olympic team at the end of his freshman year and subsequently winning silver at the Los Angeles Olympics in the 400m Hurdles.
Harris' track and field career continued to soar - both as a Big 8 and NCAA champion for Iowa State and internationally. During his three years as a Cyclone he broke the World Junior Record, received All-American honors 12 times, garnered 16 Big 8 Championship titles and 3 NCAA Championships and was undefeated as a collegiate athlete. In addition to setting Big 8 records in the 400m Hurdles, 600 yards and 4x400 relay, Harris is one of the few athletes in history to receive the Triple Crown Title having won the 400m Hurdles at Kansas, Drake and Texas Relays in a single season.
Harris shone on the international circuit as well, winning multiple awards and titles in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Great Britain. He once again took silver at the 1987 World Championships in Rome and ended the 122 race winning streak of the legendary Edwin Moses in Madrid that same year. Harris achieved a #1 World Ranking in 1990.
Harris has been inducted into the Iowa State University
Hall of Fame, Drake Relays Hall of Fame and the
Iowa Sports Hall of Fame.