On the track, he is a 1987 graduate of North forsyth High School. Harvey joined The Winston Salem Roadrunners as an athlete at age 13, where he found guidance from the many coaches that volunteered their time to help the youth in poor neighborhoods.
After High School, Harvey studied at Winston Salem State University for a year before transferring to Appalachian State University to continue his studies and run track.
At Appalachian, he was a pure sprinter with the 55M and 100M dash as his best events. Harvey was a part of the team that won several conference meets from 89-91.