BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University track and field is pleased to announce the signing of Kailiece Harris as the first member of the program’s incoming class next fall.
Harris will come to FAU in the fall of 2018 following her graduation from Hillsborough High School in Tampa. Following this past season, her junior campaign, she was named twice as part of the Tampa Bay Times’ All-Tampa Bay girls track and field teams. She was selected to the Second Team in the 300 meter hurdles, and Third Team in the 4x400 meter relay.
"We are excited about signing Kailiece in the early signing period," said Associate Head Coach Willie Randolph. "She has a range of talents and we are excited about her contributions to our program. She will focus on the hurdles, but can also do the multi, which is an event we believe she can also excel in as she develops."
Competing for coach Jean Wiser, Harris qualified for the FHSAA Outdoor State Finals in the 300mH. She had placed third at district and second in region in the event, and then recorded a new personal best of 43.84 in the state prelims. She would go on to finish eighth in the state finals in Bradenton.
Harris was also a regional qualifier this past spring in both the long jump (placing seventh) and 100 meter hurdles (eighth). At the district meet, she had finished second and third in those events, respectively.
The Tampa native recorded her best in the long jump, 5.54 meters, at the Bob Hayes Invitational in mid-March, while her PR of 15.23 in the 100mH came just before districts in the preliminaries at the Hillsborough County Vernon Korhn Wester Conference Championships. She was just one one-hundredth of a second off that pace in the finals, giving her a runner-up finish.
Also at that conference championship meet, she earned a first-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 10.73 meters. Her longest mark in that event came in the season opener in early February, the New Tampa Preseason Classic, jumping 10.9 meters.
Harris will begin her senior year at Hillsborough High in the spring and is set to join the Owls for the fall semester.