FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – SIUE men's track and field junior took over the school record in the high jump and won the long jump at the Arkansas Spring Invitational.
Harvey, after competing in the long jump at the NCAA Championships, returned to the outdoor season with a mark of 25 feet, 11.5 inches to earn a first place finish. His mark is currently the NCAA leader.
Harvey also broke the school record in the high jump, finishing first and clearing the bar at 7-1.
"Julian outdid himself, again," said SIUE Interim Head Coach Scott Block. "He continues to impress. I'm really excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for him."
Along with Harvey, many Cougars opened the outdoor season with personal bests. Keith Meyer broke the school record in the 3K, earning a seventh place finish with a time of 8 minutes, 36.04 seconds. Luke Padesky moved up to third overall in the 3K with a tenth place finish of 8:41.02.
For the men's distance runners, Ben Scamihorn ran his personal best of 4:00.09 in the mile, while Tyler Owens ran a personal best of 8:56.90 in the 3K. Anthony Holshouser also ran a personal best in the 3K at 9:02.04. Jessy Glaub ran a personal best in the 800 of 1:56.23.
On the women's side, Brittney Gibbs finished second in the triple jump with a personal best of 40-0.25. Deborrah Blackburn earned a fifth place finish in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-5.
"I'm pleased with Brittney's performance in the triple jump after coming back from sitting out in the indoor competition," said Block.
For the women's throwers, Megan Lauzon earned two personal bests in the hammer throw and the disucs. She threw a mark of 154-11 in the hammer to finish ninth. She also threw a personal best of 153-9 in the discus.
Claire Nolan finished fifth in the shot put with a finish of 48-2. Lizzie Virgl finished eighth in the javelin with a mark of 115-4.
The distance runners recorded several personal bests, including Erin Kennedy with a 4:48.32 mark in the 1500. Haley Miller also ran a personal best in the 1500 with a time of 5:00.18. Jess Clarke ran a personal best in the 3K with a time of 10:39.14.
"This was a great start to the outdoor season," said Block. "The competition was great and the athletes rose to the occasion."
The Cougars continue the outdoor season with the Joey Haines Invitational April 1-2 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.