EUGENE, Ore. - SIUE track and field athlete Julian Harvey placed 12th in the long jump at the 2018 NCAA Championships at Historic Wayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. His placement earned him second team All-American honors.
"I couldn't be more proud of Julian," SIUE Assistant Coach Joey Pacione said. "He kept working to improve every single competition, and he showed up to play today."
Harvey's jump of 25 feet, 5.5 inches was two feet short of Zack Bazile (27-5.5) of Ohio State who was the eventual champion.
Pacione discusses how Harvey's mark of 25-5.5 would have placed top 8 (1st team All-American) in each of the last four years.
"When there are 12 or 13 excellent athletes, some of them have to be on the outside looking in," added Pacione. "That's the beauty of the meet, bringing together the best in the country to compete."
Pacione on Harvey's second team All-American accolades.
"I'd be lying if I said second team All-American is ever the goal," said Pacione. "He was first team All-American last year at indoor nationals and we come to nationals to place first team, score points and be on the podium. But he has continued to elevate the profile of our track program and our school with his success."
"Between LaDerrick Ward (mulit-year All-American) and Harvey, SIUE has created a pedigree in the long jump that we hope to continue to grow," Pacione added.
Harvey is also set to compete in the high jump at the NCAA Championship on Friday at 7 p.m. Coverage of championships is on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3.