LSU’s Mondo, Harrison, Burrell up for big time awards
Published 2:57 pm Thursday, November 11, 2021
Three athletes with ties of the LSU track and field program – Mondo Duplantis, JuVaughn Harrison, Sean ‘Squirrel’ Burrell – have been nominated for prestigious awards within the sport of track and field after their stellar 2021 seasons.
Duplantis is up for the Male Athletics World Athlete of the Year, Burrell is in the running for the Male Athletics Rising Star Award, and Harrison has been nominated for the USATF Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. Duplantis won the Male Athletics World Athlete of the Year award in 2020.
Duplantis, just 21 years of age, won Olympic gold this summer in Tokyo. He cleared a bar of six meters or higher 14 times this season. He also won a European indoor title and the Diamond League trophy. The 14 clearances of six meters or higher is the most by any vaulter in a single season.
Harrison became the first American to compete in both the high jump and long jump at the Olympics this summer since Jim Thorpe did so in 1912. Harrison won U.S. titles in both the long jump and high jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer in Eugene, Oregon. Harrison also won four NCAA titles while competing for LSU this season and led LSU to a team national title outdoors. Harrison is also a finalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s most prestigious award.
Burrell set the world U20 record in the 400 meter hurdles in June as he won the NCAA title in the event with a career best time of 47.85; it was the fourth fastest time ever recorded in collegiate history. The time of 47.85 ranked as the seventh fastest in the world for the 2021 season.