Stars Shine At LSU Alumni Gold
High expectations were placed upon the LSU Alumni Gold this weekend.
Based on the start lists, pundits expected to see huge marks from those entered.
It’s safe to say the biggest collegiate meet of the weekend didn’t disappoint.
Here are some of the highlights from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
JuVaughn Jumps Into History … Again
JuVaughn Harrison made an all-time debut on Saturday afternoon.
Harrison, the high jump-long jump double champion from the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, and the 2021 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, soared a wind-legal 8.44m (27-8¼) in Round 4 of the long jump to become the sixth-best performer in collegiate history. It was also the best in-season mark by a collegian since Melvin Lister of Arkansas hit 8.49m (27-10¼) in 2000.
Those in attendance had to know something big was coming after Harrison’s first two marks came in at 8.15m (26-9) in Round 1 and 8.18m (26-10) in Round 2. A stiff 1.8 m/s headwind knocked his Round 3 effort down to 7.92m (26-0), but everything aligned for him in Round 4.
While Harrison took over the collegiate lead and put himself among the greats (once again), the Bernie Moore Stadium record remained out of reach, simply because that was the 8.49m (27-10¼) from Lister 21 years ago now.
Clark Rolls Into The Record Book
Tamara Clark of Alabama entered the weekend as a double collegiate leader with top marks in the 100 and 200. Well, after her performance on Saturday, that 100 lead is safe for a while.
Clark scorched the track to the tune of 10.96m (+0.7) to equal the seventh-fastest performers in collegiate history. We say “performers,” because there is a logjam at the No. 7 spot – Clark is the most recent addition, with 2012 The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan, Mikiah Brisco and English Gardner already in place from 2012, 2018 and 2013, respectively.
Laird Makes It Look Easy At 200
Terrance Laird of LSU went sub-19.85 for the second time this season.
Laird won the 200 going away on Saturday, clocking a wind-aided 19.82 (+2.4) – just off his wind-legal lifetime best of 19.81 established last month at the Texas Relays.
As of this writing, 2019 The Bowerman finalist Divine Oduduru is the only athlete in collegiate history to dip under 19.85 twice in a collegiate season. Oduduru, the No. 2 performer on the all-time chart, went 19.76 at the Michael Johnson Classic and then 19.73 to complete the 100-200 double at the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
One Lap Is Just Fine For Williams
Noah Williams etched his name into the record book over two laps at the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships last month.
It was in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where Williams became the fourth-fastest man in world history over 400 meters with his 44.71 winner. That also moved him up to No. 3 on the collegiate list.
Well, Williams proved on Saturday that he is equally – if not, faster – outdoors. Williams turned one lap in 44.30 to equal the 12th-fastest performer in collegiate history. If Williams takes 0.03 seconds off his time, the door to the top-10 opens; 0.20 more gets him into the top-5.