Tahesia Harrigan-Scott

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Tahesia Harrigan
Tahesia Harrigan-Scott 2012.jpg
Tahesia Harrigan-Scott at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full nameTahesia Gaynell Harrigan-Scott
Born (1982-02-15) 15 February 1982 (age 38)
Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Height1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
Country British Virgin Islands
Updated on 28 December 2014.

Tahesia Gaynell Harrigan-Scott (born 15 February 1982) is a sprinter from the British Virgin Islands.[1]

Harrigan was born in the Virgin Islands to Doris Harrigan. Harrigan's illustrious track and field career began in Tallahassee, Florida. As a 14-year-old 9th grader, she carried Florida A&M University's Developmental and Research High School female track team to its first Class 1-A Florida High School Athletic Association state track and field championship win in over ten years by sweeping the 100 metres, 200 metres, the long jump and triple jump.

Some other highlights of her prep career include 13 FHSAA State Championship Track and Field victories as an individual or part of a relay team in high school ( 8 of those victories being going undefeated all four years in the 100 and 200 metres, 3 in the long jump, 2 in the triple jump,).

After graduating from high school as salutatorian in the spring of 2000, she was approached by several reputable Florida collegiate track and field programs, but chose the University of Minnesota for its medical program. She red shirted her first year due to a fractured tibia, Harrigan exploded on to the university's conference scene setting school and conference records in the women's 60 m, 100 m, 200 m, and the long jump in 2002.[2] She went on that year to compete as a representative of her country (BVI) in the Central American and Caribbean Games where she had a very good first showing.

In 2004, Harrigan transferred to the University of Alabama where she honed her athletic prowess even further becoming a SEC powerhouse and a NCAA finalist.[3] She earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2005 and a Masters in Speech Pathology in 2007 from Alabama. She was an All American at the University of Alabama and the University of Minnesota. She won the 100 metres race at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, and finished fifth at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. The OECS sports desk named her most outstanding female athlete in 2006 for her top performances in international meets.

Harrigan began her career as a professional sprinter in the spring of 2007. She has competed in several professional track meets in the US and abroad. Of the many sprint-oriented events she competes in, the crown jewel would have to be her current personal record in the 100 metres of 11.13 seconds.

At the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, Harrigan finished third in the final of the Women's 60m posting a new BVI national record of 7.09 sec. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she competed at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed third behind Christine Arron and Lauryn Williams in a time of 11.46 to advance to the second round. There she failed to qualify for the semi-finals as her time of 11.36 was only the fifth time of her heat, causing elimination.[1]

Anti-doping rule violation[edit]

Harrigan-Scott tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine in 2011, and was subsequently handed a 6-month ban from sports.[4]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
100 m 11.12 s (wind: +1.6 m/s) United States Miramar, Florida 11 June 2011
200 m 22.98 s (wind: +0.9 m/s) Italy Donnas 15 July 2007
400 m 54.06 s United States Coral Gables, Florida 29 March 2014
Long jump 6.06 m (wind: +1.8 m/s) United States Walnut, California 16 April 2005
60 m 7.09 s Spain Valencia 7 March 2008
200 m 24.10 s United States State College, Pennsylvania 24 February 2002
400 m 57.88 s United States Minneapolis, Minnesota 20 January 2001
Long jump 6.17 m United States Gainesville, Florida 24 February 2006
Triple jump 11.93 m United States Clemson, South Carolina 21 January 2006


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  British Virgin Islands
1998 Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships
Georgetown, Cayman Islands 5th 100 m 12.22 w (wind: +2.4 m/s)
5th 200 m 25.35 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
1999 Pan American Junior Championships Tampa, United States 6th 100 m 11.96 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
5th (h) 200 m 25.08 (wind: -0.9 m/s)
8th Long jump 5.54 m (wind: NWI)
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 15th (sf) 100m 11.62 (wind: +0.3 m/s)
2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 2nd 100 m 11.29 (wind: +1.1 m/s)
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 19th (qf) 100 m 11.47 (wind: -0.8 m/s)
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 5th 100 m 11.48 (wind: +0.2 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Cartagena, Colombia 1st 100 m 11.15 w (wind: +0.5 m/s)
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 100 m 11.34 (wind: +0.8 m/s)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 6th (qf) 100 m 11.33 (wind: -0.2 m/s)
6th (qf) 200 m 23.52 (wind: +0.7 m/s)
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 60 m 7.09
Olympic Games Beijing, China 16th (qf) 100 m 11.36 (wind: +0.4 m/s)
2009 Central American and Caribbean Championships La Habana, Cuba 1st 100 m 11.21 (wind: +0.8 m/s)
World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th (sf) 100 m 11.34 (wind: -0.1 m/s)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 60 m 7.17
Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1st 100 m 11.19 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 5th 100 m 11.56 (wind: +0.2 m/s)
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 7th (h) 100 m 11.59 (wind: +0.4 m/s)
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 31st (h) 100 m 11.61 (wind: -0.4 m/s)
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 8th (sf) 60 m 7.17
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, México 8th 100m 11.93 A (wind: +1.5 m/s)
2015 NACAC Championships San José, Costa Rica 4th 100m 11.28 (wind: -0.1 m/s)
World Championships Beijing, China 33rd (h) 100 m 11.47
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 15th (sf) 60 m 7.23
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 37th (h) 100 m 11.54
2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 10th (h) 4 × 100 m relay 44.78
7th 4 × 200 m relay 1:35.35
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 39th (h) 60 m 7.50
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 13th (sf) 100 m 11.63
Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla, Colombia 7th 100 m 11.69
NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 7th 100 m 11.61


  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Tahesia Harrigan, beijing2008.cn, Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  2. ^ WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD TEAM TO HOST FINAL INDOOR HOME MEET, Minnesota Golden Gophers, retrieved 29 December 2014
  3. ^ Former Alabama Track Star Tahesia Harrigan Finished fourth at the Pan-Am Games, Alabama Crimson Tide, retrieved 29 December 2014
  4. ^ UPDATE: Harrigan-Scott apologises for being suspended – says illegal substance was used unintentionally, Virgin Islands News Online, 9 November 2011

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Dion Crabbe
Flagbearer for  British Virgin Islands
Beijing 2008
London 2012
Succeeded by
Ashley Kelly