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Laura Harmon Hired As Assistant Cross Country and Track & Field Coach
Written by John Cantalupi    Friday, 17 August 2012 11:25   

CORVALLIS, Ore.– Laura Harmon, who has served the past year and a half as a volunteer assistant at Oregon State, was elevated to the position of full-time assistant coach, Beaver cross country and track and field head coach Kelly Sullivan announced on Friday. Harmon is a former collegiate cross country All-American, two-time 5,000-meter NCAA qualifier and two-time Oregon 4A high school state champion.

 

“We are really excited that the athletic department has given us a third full-time position,” Sullivan said of adding Harmon. “We are extremely appreciative to Bob De Carolis and the administration for supporting us in this. When the dust settled we had some great applicants. The position was highly sought after, which speaks volumes for the program and how people are looking at the opportunity to come here and be a part of this. Laura was the best person for this and we are really excited about having her involved. She knows the ladies in the program well and has made a huge commitment to Oregon State. Her experience is phenomenal and in the year and a half she’s been with us she has gone above and beyond the call of duty so I’m excited to reward her with this opportunity.”

 

Harmon, a native of Vancouver, Wash., was an all-state performer at Jesuit High School in Beaverton and concluded her high school career in 2000 with 4A wins in the 1,500 and 3,000 in times of 4:39.67 and 10:04.32, respectively. In cross country Harmon finished third as a senior at the 1999 state meet (19:03), ninth as a junior (19:42) and eighth as a sophomore, also leading her Jesuit squad to team titles in 1998 and 1999.

 

Continuing her collegiate career at Oregon, Harmon was a 2004 cross country All-American and NCAA qualifier in the 5,000 in both 2004 (outdoor) and 2005 (indoor). She wrapped up her cross country career and claimed All-America honors in her second NCAA championship race in November 2004, finishing 31st against the top 255 runners in the nation in the 6K race (21:08) and in the process notched UO's highest NCAA women's placing since 1998.

 

On the track, in the spring of 2004, she received a NCAA invite after posting a personal best in the 5,000 final at the West Regional (third, 16:33.17). In her NCAA outdoor debut two weeks later, she bettered her pre-meet seed by three positions and finished 18th in a time of 17:18.41. On Feb. 12, 2005 Harmon ran an indoor personal best of 16:18.56 in the 5,000 at the Husky Classic and finished 15th at the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 11 (17:24.21).

 

After her career in Eugene, Harmon returned to Jesuit where she coached for four years, helping the Crusaders to a quartet of cross country state titles and the school’s first women’s track state championship in 2008.

 

Harmon’s hire comes at an exciting time for the Oregon State cross country and track and field programs as the long-term dedication and vision of a number of people has spurred the completion of Phase I of the state-of-the-art Whyte Track & Field Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Sept. 14.

 

“Things have happened in incredible stages here,” Sullivan said of his program. “I’ve probably done more reflecting in the past month than I’ve done since I’ve been here. We’ve been incredibly blessed and right now well over 400 people have given to the facility project. To be able to have the ribbon-cutting and add this position has been another amazing step in the progression of OSU cross country and track and field. We are continuing to add more resources so the future is really exciting.”

 

-beavers-

jvc

 

John Cantalupi

Assistant Athletic Communications Director

Oregon State University Athletics

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Corvallis, OR  97331

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