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Talking Texas with 2020 Track and Field Commit Blake Harris

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Edrick Floréal took over the UT Men’s Track and Field program in 2018. The Longhorns have a storied history when it comes to the sport, boasting multiple conference championships in indoor and outdoor track and field. Floréal represented Canada in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics. While he failed to medal in each attempt, he remains the Canadian record holder in the long jump and the triple jump.

It should come as no surprise that Floréal has an eye for jumping talent. UT’s new track and field commit, Blake Harris, is one of the best long and triple jumpers in the state of Texas.

On March 20th Harris, a senior from Houston’s Strake Jesuit High School, announced on Twitter his commitment to UT Track and Field.

https://twitter.com/blakederron_/status/1241177482642034688

“The academics and coaching here at UT are second to none,” Harris said of his commitment.

Harris also competes for the Houston Speed club team where he specializes in the long and triple jumps, just like his future coach Edrick Floréal.

“I love competing in the triple jump. It’s always been my first love,” Harris said.

Harris holds the Strake Jesuit record for the triple jump with a jump of 48 feet and nine inches, almost two feet longer than anyone else in the history of the elite high school.

“Being grounded in my faith and having a strong family support system,” Harris said on what leads to his personal success.

He is having his senior season stripped of him due to the COVID-19 pandemic but remains focused on his future at UT.

“I want to be the best I can be so the team can succeed at conference and nationals,” Harris said.

UT has won numerous indoor and outdoor conference championships but only a handful this decade. In 2013 and 2015 they won Big 12 titles in both. Texas has never won a national championship in Men’s Track and Field. 

The men’s team were runners-up in the outdoor national championships in 1987,1988 and 1997. Harris might be just what the doctor ordered to push the Longhorns over the edge.

“I’m a hard worker who is dedicated to doing any and everything for the betterment of the program.”

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