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Kendra Harrison


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Kendra Harrison
Kendra Harrison 2015.jpg
Kendra Harrison in 2015
Personal information
Nickname(s)Keni Harrison
Born(1992-09-18) September 18, 1992 (age 23)
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
SportSprint, hurdles, running
College teamKentucky
Turned pro2015
Coached byEdrick Floreal
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 metres hurdles: 12.24
400 metres hurdles: 54.09
60 metres hurdles: 7.77
Kendra "Keni" Harrison (born September 18, 1992) is an American hurdler. She represented the United States at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics and the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Her personal best for the 100-meter hurdles is 12.24 seconds – the second-fastest ever, a national record and a Panamerican record.
Collegiately she competed for the University of Kentucky Wildcats and in 2015 she won NCAA championship titles both indoors and outdoors. She was runner-up in the 100 m hurdles at the 2015 USA Outdoor Championships and 6th in 2016 100 m hurdles Olympic Trials.


Early life[edit]

Kendra Harrison was born in Tennessee on September 18, 1992, and adopted by Gary and Karon Harrison; she grew up in a large family with ten other children, eight of them also adopted.[1][2] Harrison's first sports were cheerleading and soccer; she took up track and field at Clayton High School.[2] She soon became a leading scholastic hurdler, winning state championship titles at the 2010 and 2011 North Carolina Class 4A state meets; in 2011 she also won the 100 m hurdles at the New Balance Nationals and was named Gatorade North Carolina Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.[3]

College athletics[edit]

After graduating from Clayton High in 2011 Harrison went to Clemson University; as a freshman in 2012 she was Atlantic Coast Conference champion in the 400 m hurdles and the 4 × 400 m relay and qualified for the NCAA championships in both hurdles races.[4] She competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100 m hurdles, but was eliminated in the heats.[4] In 2013 she placed fifth in the 100 m hurdles (12.88) and fourth in the 400 m hurdles (55.75) at the NCAA outdoor championships.[4][5]
Harrison transferred from Clemson to the University of Kentucky after the 2013 season, together with sprinter Dezerea Bryant and coach Tim Hall.[2] She continued to develop, winning both the 100 m hurdles (12.86) and the 400 m hurdles (54.76) at the 2014 Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships; she was the first athlete to win both events since 1999.[2] She entered the NCAA outdoor championships as the leading favorite and collegiate leader in the 400 m hurdles, but failed to match her personal best and lost to Texas A&M's Shamier Little; in the 100 m hurdles she placed fifth for the second consecutive year.[2][4][6]
Harrison injured her hamstring in the winter of 2014–15 and missed the early part of the 2015 indoor season.[7] She returned in time to win the 60 m hurdles at the SEC and NCAA indoor championships, setting personal bests in both meets; her time in the NCAA meet (7.87 seconds) ranked her fourth in the world that indoor season.[4] Harrison also won her first outdoor NCAA title in 2015, winning the 100 m hurdles in 12.55; in the 400 m hurdles she placed second to Little in a personal best 54.09, at that point the second-fastest in the world that year.[4][8]


Following her graduation, University of Kentucky coach Edrick Floréal continued to train her.[9] At the 2015 United States championships, which doubled as trials for the World Championships in Beijing, Harrison decided to concentrate on the 100 m hurdles only; she set a personal all-conditions best of 12.46w in the heats and ran a wind-legal 12.56 in the final, placing a close second to 2008 Olympic Champion Dawn Harper-Nelson and qualifying for the American team.[8] The Americans were heavy favorites for the world championships, but underperformed; Harrison had a false start in the semi-finals and was disqualified.[10]
Harrison opened her 2016 indoor season winning the 60 metres hurdles in Lexington, Kentucky, Karlsruhe, Germany and Glasgow in 7.92.[11] In a tightly competed race at the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Harrison took second place by one hundredth of a second to Brianna Rollins, setting a personal record of 7.77 seconds and moving herself into 13th place on the all-time lists.[12] At the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships one week later, Harrison led the qualifying with 7.81 seconds. However, in the final she hit the first hurdle heavily and never recovered, ending in eighth while Nia Ali (the least favoured American) took the title.[13]
She began the outdoor season in April with the fastest opener recorded by a hurdler, with 12.36 seconds to go up to ninth on the all-time lists.[14] A run of 12.42 followed at the start of May, then at the Prefontaine Classic she perfectly cleared all the hurdles and won in a time of 12.24 seconds – the second fastest time in history after Yordanka Donkova's near-30-year-old world record.[15] She placed sixth in the 100 hurdles in a time of 12.62 at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) behind Team USA teammates Brianna Rollins, Kristi Castlin and Nia Ali.

International competitions[edit]

2015World ChampionshipsBeijing— (semis)100 m hurdlesDQ R162.7
2016World Indoor ChampionshipsPortland, United States8th60 m hurdles8.87

National titles[edit]

Personal records[edit]

All information from All-Athletics[16]


  1. Jump up ^ "Kendra Harrison: A Passion for the Hurdles". The Hurdle Magazine. May 2014. 
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e Story, Mark (May 2, 2015). "Mark Story: From a superhero, UK track star Kendra Harrison finds her winning edge". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  3. Jump up ^ "Harrison, Winfrey Named Gatorade NC Track Athletes of the Year". MileSplit. June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f Tilastopaja profile for Kendra Harrison
  5. Jump up ^ Kendra Harrison. Clemson Tigers. Retrieved on 2016-05-30.
  6. Jump up ^ Pfeifer, Jack (June 9, 2014). "NCAA FORMCHART—Women". Track & Field News. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  7. Jump up ^ Most, Jake (June 12, 2015). "Hurdles 'nerd' Kendra Harrison an ideal fit at UK". Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ Jump up to: a b Terwillegar, Kyle (June 27, 2015). "Seven More Collegians Qualify For IAAF World Championships at USATF Outdoors". U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Retrieved June 28, 2015. 
  9. Jump up ^ UKTF Alum Kendra Harrison Betters World-Lead in Germany. UKAthletics (2016-02-06). Retrieved on 2016-05-30.
  10. Jump up ^ Rowbottom, Mike (September 15, 2015). "Williams sisters keeping up family tradition in the sprint hurdles". International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  11. Jump up ^ Minshull, Phil (2016-02-06). World-leading times in sprints and hurdles in Karlsruhe. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-05-30.
  12. Jump up ^ Senior Indoor 60 Metres Hurdles women All Time Best. IAAF (2016). Retrieved on 2016-05-29.
  13. Jump up ^ Dennehy, Cathal (2016-03-19). Report: women's 60m hurdles final – IAAF World Indoor Championships Portland 2016. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-05-29.
  14. Jump up ^ Minshull, Phil (2016-04-09). Harrison flies to 12.36 in first 100m hurdles race of the year. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-05-30.
  15. Jump up ^ Sully, Kevin (2016-05-28). Harrison and Jebet scare world records in Eugene – IAAF Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-05-30.
  16. Jump up ^ Kendra Harrison. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-05-30.

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