As the 2016 Summer Olympics become closer and closer, athletes all over the country are competing to earn a spot on Team USA. Kentucky Track & Field Alum, Kendra Harrison, is one of them. The 23-year-old has become one of the rising stars of the women’s 100-hurdlers.
Harrison professional career is off to a great start and a spot on the Team USA Olympic roster would be the cherry on top.
Harrison not only won the national title during the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, but she returned on May 29 to set the American record during the Prefontaine Classic, running 12.24 seconds that defeated the previous record of 12.53.
Harrison’s time is the second-fastest ever in the world, behind the record of 12.21 set by a Bulgarian runner in 1988.
“Every time I step on the line these girls are my competitors,” Harrison said. “I raced against a lot of them in college. Coming into my first year as a professional, it’s nice to have them pushing me to get better and they’re getting better, too. We’re going to put on a show at the Trials.”
The USA Track & Field Olympic Trials are July 1-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR.