Few individuals associated with track and field in the state of Maine can match the accomplishments of Allen Harvie. A championship hurdler at both South Portland High School and Bates College, Harvie went on to coach at several Maine high schools in a storied career that lasted over four decades.
Harvie played football and track and field at South Portland High School. On the gridiron, he played two varsity seasons for the Red Riots. He was the state's third leading scorer during his senior year and named an honorable mention All-State offensive and defensive halfback.
A captain of the South Portland indoor track and field squad, Harvie's specialty was the 45-yard high hurdle event. He established a mark of 5.8 seconds in that event that was a Portland Exposition Building record for over forty years. In outdoor track he set a state mark in the 120-yard high hurdles of 14.8 seconds at Bowdoin College's Whittier Field and established a New England championship meet record of 14.5 seconds at the University of Connecticut. At the 1961 Southwestern championship meet, he scored victories in the 120-yard high hurdles, the 180-yard low hurdles, the long jump, and the triple jump and was the anchor of the winning 4 x 220 yard relay team.
Recruited by Walt Slovenski, Harvie attended Bates College, where he continued his excellence in track and field. He was a four-time Maine College State Meet champion in the 120-yard high hurdles and set school records in both the indoor and outdoor high and low hurdle races. His record in the 110-yard high hurdles stood for 37 years. Harvie was the captain of the Bobcats squad during his senior year and won the John Stark Seavey Award as the best Bates track athlete.
Upon his graduation from Bates in 1965, Harvie began a lengthy career in education that has included stops at Kents Hill School, Edward Little High School, Leavitt Area School, and Central Maine Community College. Harvie began coaching skiing during his two-year stay at Kents Hill and assumed the reins of the Edward Little girls' ski program in 1967. Harvie led the Red Eddies to five consecutive state Class A ski championships between 1968 and 1973.
Harvie became head boys' track and field coach at Edward Little and in a nine-year stretch led his club to several Androscoggin Valley titles. He served as an assistant to Walt Slovenski, his former mentor at Bates, from 1979 through 1989 and coached that program's hurdlers. He returned to high school coaching in 1985 as the girls' outdoor track coach at Edward Little and served for three seasons at Leavitt Area High School. Harvie later was an assistant coach for Dan Campbell at Edward Little and helped guide the Red Eddies to two state titles.
Overall Harvie has served as a coach in Maine high school track and field for forty years. He has had 24 head coaching assignments and has been an assistant or head coach for 59 teams at Edward Little alone. In 1995 he was inducted into he Auburn-Lewiston Sports Hall of Fame.
Today Harvie is a track official at Bowdoin College and serves as an announcer for all Polar Bear home meets. He was invited to announce at the 2007 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at Boston University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Lewiston-Auburn Children's Home and has been a long time volunteer for the American Red Cross and the United Way.
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.