Zach Harting put North Alabama on the 2021 Olympic map by qualifying in the 200M butterfly, and now two more athletes with roots in the 256 have punched their tickets to Tokyo.
Hartselle’s Quanesha Burks earned spot on Team USA for track and field in the long jump; the Crimson Tide alumna jumped 6.96 meters to finish third and make the Olympic team.
For men’s track and field, JuVaughn Harrison made history, becoming the first American to qualify for both the high jump and long jump since Jim Thorpe in 1912.
In the high jump, Harris posted a clean sheet through 2.33 meters. In the long jump, he went 8.47m/27-9.5 to clench the gold medal.
The former Columbia Eagle is called Mr. Jumps over at LSU and after his performance in the trials the nickname certainly fits.
Congratulations to both Burks and Harrison on such an incredible accomplishment!