UMD’s Harmon steps down as cross county, track & field head coach

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The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) announced on Friday that Laura Harmon has stepped down as head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field teams.

According to a release by the school, she resigned to spend more time with family.

Harmon was recently named the UMD men’s and women’s cross country and track & field head coach. She had overseen the women’s programs since 2018.

Under Harmon in 2019, the Bulldogs placed fifth at the 2019 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Cross Country Championships.

This past winter, she saw Haleigh Reindl to qualify for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship in the 800-meter run. It marked the second straight season she qualifieid. Reindl finished second in 800 in the NSIC indoors, and finished 7th overall attaining All-American status.

During her debut season with the Bulldogs, Harmon saw senior hurdler Danielle Kohlwey become the program’s fourth NCAA Division II Indoor National Champion. Harmon also oversaw the hosting of the NSIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted twice by UMD.

A search for Harmon’s replacement will begin immediately.