Nafee Harris Wins IUP’s First Long Jump National Title
Courtesy: IUP Athletic Media Relations
May 22, 2009
SAN ANGELO, Texas – IUP sophomore Nafee Harris claimed the national title in the long jump and two other Crimson Hawk athletes as well as a relay team advanced to the finals in their events on the first day of the NCAA outdoor track and field championships at San Angelo, Texas.
Harris became the 12th national champion in IUP track and field history and the first ever in a jumping event, moving up from second to first on his final attempt of the day. His winning jump of 26 feet, 1 ¾ inches was 2 ¼ inches better than runner-up David Registe of Alaska Anchorage and broke the IUP record of 24-9 ¾ held by Jermaine Clayton since 2003.
Combined with Sean Strauman’s win in the 800 meters last spring, IUP has a national champion in consecutive years for the first time since 2001 and 2002 seasons. Harris, who was fifth in the indoor long jump in March, is only the second IUP athlete to earn All-America status in a jumping event, joining Chris Gardner in the high jump from last year.