JuVaughn Harrison Named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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JuVaughn Harrison Named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week

Baton Rouge, La.  –  LSU jumper JuVaughn Harrison has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division I Men’s Athlete of the Week.

Harrison competed in the long jump for the first time since mid-March on Saturday at the LSU Alumni Gold meet and boy did he come out jumping. His best leap of the day came in the fourth out of six rounds when he soared a distance of 27′ 8.25″ (8.44 meters) for an outdoor personal best in the event. The mark of 27′ 8.25″ moved him into No. 6 on the all-time collegiate list and No. 2 at LSU behind John Moffitt’s school record of 27′ 9.50″.

It wasn’t just that jump for Harrison, but he also had quality marks of 26′ 9″ (8.15 meters) and 26′ 10″ (8.18 meters) in the first and second rounds.

The mark of 27′ 8.25″ is a 2021 world lead and is the best jump by a collegian SINCE 2000. In regards to American marks, it is the best jump by an American since Jarrion Lawson registered a mark of 28′ 1.75″ (8.58 meters) in July of 2016.

Harrison is LSU’s second recipient of this award outdoors; teammate Terrance Laird won the weekly national award on March 30.