Monday, February 10, 2014

Wakulla High senior Madison Harris signs with Florida State

Madison HarrisThere's still an entire outdoor track season ahead of us, high school athletes are already signing National Letters of Intent for the colleges they will be competing for next year. On Monday afternoon, 10 February 2014, Wakulla High distance runner Madison Harris signed with the Florida State University Lady Seminoles under Coach Karen Harvey.

With a long history of playing soccer, Harris came to running late. She first competed for Wakulla during the spring of 2012, her sophomore year, specializing in the 800 meters. Harris finished that first season with a bronze medal in the FHSAA class 2A girls' 800m state finals, placing third in 2:16.80. Returning in 2013, she took silver in the 800 at the FHSAA class 2A state meet, placing second in 2:15.36.

Madison HarrisIn the fall of her senior year Harris was ready to try cross country. She started her high school cross-country career with a win in the girls' 5,000-meter race at the Cougar XC Challenge in Tallahassee. By the end of the season Harris had won four races and placed ninth in the FHSAA class 2A State Finals in Tallahassee. Not a bad rookie year.

With credentials like that you're going to be expected to continue your endeavours at the collegiate level. After many visits and conversations, and much soul searching, Madison Harris decided that after Wakulla High she would be taking her game to Florida State University--the school where her mother, Janie, had run distance from 1984 to 1986. There are still many races to be run for the Wakulla War Eagles this spring, but come autumn, Madison Harris will be running cross country for the Garnet and Gold.


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