Harrison Jumps To No. 2 In Collegiate History

Iron sharpens iron.

A rising tide lifts all ships.

Whichever saying you want to use would describe the men’s high jump competition at the 2021 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday in College Station, Texas.

JuVaughn Harrison of LSU put on a clinic.

Darry Sullivan of Tennessee showed a lot of grit.

By the time it ended, Harrison won with a clean sheet through 2.36m (7-8¾) to match the second-best performer in collegiate history, while Sullivan needed three attempts to get over two bars, including 2.33m (7-7¾) to send the event to almost never-before-seen heights. Sullivan ultimately couldn’t clear 2.36m (7-8¾), giving Harrison the crown.

Harrison elected to retire from the competition before the bar went up to 2.37m (7-9¼), in order to save his legs for the long jump later in the night. If Harrison attempted and cleared that beam, it would have put him in sole possession of that No. 2 spot behind record-holder Hollis Conway of Louisiana, who topped 2.38m (7-9¾) nearly 32 years ago.