Athlete of the Week Archive

Jan. 27, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -




Robert Harris


How long have you been running competitively?
"Probably since I was about 17 years old."

Do you have any other hobbies?
"Definitely soccer. I'm a huge soccer fan."

How did you end up coming to Wyoming from Jamaica?
"Past student athletes who went to my high school knew coach Yentes and they had attended school at UW and referred him to me."

Was it hard for you to adjust to the weather and the altitude in Wyoming?
"At first it was harder to adjust to the altitude. Jamaica's flat. I would have trouble breathing and I would get nose bleeds. The weather wasn't that bad because I knew it was going to be cold. I pretty much had my mind set that it was going to be cold. The altitude was harder for me to adjust to."

What does a typical day look like for you as a UW sprinter?
"Well I run the 400 so practice can get pretty rough sometimes. For a 400 meter runner a lot of long running and a lot of speed endurance workouts are required so the workouts tend to be a bit harder."

What superstitions (if any) do you have before a race?
"Right before I go down into the blocks I normally say a little prayer. I always do it but I would say that it's more of a habit than a superstition."

What are you plans after college?
"I would like to stick around Laramie for sure. Hopefully I can get a job with the campus. But I definitely want to stick around Laramie."

What goals do you have for this season?
"I would like to be All American in the 400 and the 4X400. I also wouldn't mind breaking the school record in the 400 (46.24 seconds). Right now I am about a half second off of that."

What's your major?
"Marketing."