Track & Field Adds Harmon to Coaching Staff

Laura Harmon
Aug. 11, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU's director of track & field and cross country Darryl Anderson announced on Monday that former Oregon All-American Laura Harmon has joined the program as an assistant coach.

"Laura comes from Oregon State University, where she's been the last couple of years working with Kelly Sullivan, who is a very reputable distance coach in our country and has done a great job in resurrecting the Oregon State program," Anderson said. "He did a great job in the SEC when he was at Auburn and he highly recommended Laura. I've known him for a long time so that went a long way."

Harmon, a cross country All-American and two-time 5,000m NCAA qualifier, spent the last three and a half years coaching at Oregon State, two years as a full-time assistant coach.

During her two seasons as a full-time assistant, Oregon State student-athletes recorded 11 performances that ranked in the top 10 in school history in the 1,500m (four), 3,000m (two), 5,000m (three) and 10,000m (two).

"I think it's going to be a great fit," Anderson said. "She was a really good high school coach at one of the better distance programs in the state of Oregon. She also was a University of Oregon grad and competed in track & field there. Her expectation and perspective on what is good in the distance field means a lot to me and where we're trying to go."

A native of Vancouver, Wash., Harmon was a 2004 cross country All-American and NCAA qualifier in the 5,000m in both 2004 (outdoor) and 2005 (indoor) at Oregon. She claimed All-America honors in her final cross country race at the NCAA Championships in 2004. Her time in the 6k race (21:08) was the Oregon's highest NCAA women's placing since 1998.



In the spring of 2004, Harmon posted a personal best in the 5,000 final at the West Regional, earning an invite to the NCAA Indoor Championships. She would also compete at the 2005 NCAA Indoors Championships, tallying a 15th place finish in the 5,000.

After her collegiate career, she returned to her high school alma mater, Jesuit High School, leading the Crusaders to a quartet of cross country state titles and the school's first women's track state championship in 2008.

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