Originally intending to play football in the NFL one day, Danny Harris went on to stardom on the track team. In his first spring at Iowa State, and only his third race of the season, Harris broke the Word Junior Record in the 400-meter hurdles. He only lost twice in 1984, both times to the legendary Edwin Moses at the Olympic Trials and at the Olympic Games.
Harris collected three national championships and four Drake Relay titles while at Iowa State. He was never beaten by a collegiate athlete in the 400-meter hurdles during his time at Iowa State.
Harris helped lead the Cyclones to three outdoor Big Eight team titles and two indoor crowns during his three year career, collecting 12 Big Eight career titles. Harris set Big Eight records in the 400 hurdles, 600 yards and 4x400 relay.
During his career as a Cyclone, Harris earned a silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He won the United States’ Championships in the 400 hurdles in 1986 and placed second at the World Championship in 1987. Harris’ greatest fame came when he ended Edwin Moses’ 122-race winning streak in June of 1987 in Madrid, Spain.