Tech Track Signs Abilene Product on First Day
Nov. 13, 2002
Texas Tech track and field head coach Wes Kittley announced Wednesday afternoon the signing of Shawon Harris to a National Letter of Intent for the 2004 track season.
A soon-to-be graduate of Abilene High School, Harris was a member of the Texas state champion 1,600-meter relay team which also featured current Red Raider Jonathan Johnson.
"I look for Harris to make an immediate impact," says Kittley. "He is a great hurdler at both the long and short hurdles. I think that he can score points in both the short and long hurdles as well as vie for a spot on the 1,600-meter relay."
With personal bests of 37.0 in the 300-hurdles and 13.80 in the 110-hurdles, Harris ran a split time of 47.0 while running for the state champion relay team.
"Shawon is a diamond in the rough," added Kittley. "He fell at regionals last year or else he would have gone to state. So I think that a lot of people just overlooked him."
Kittley has built a reputation of finding talent in West Texas and feels that the 6-3 Harris will be another find to his credit.
"He is only going to be 17 when he gets here in the fall and I expect him to just get stronger and faster."