JuVaughn Harrison, a junior of Louisiana State University (LSU) cleared a new-school outdoor high jump record with 2.30m at the LSU Invitational on Saturday in Baton Rouge.
He broke the 31-year-old record school record set by Tom Lange in 1990. His 2.30m is also the joint second-best in the World this year.
The 25-year-old Harrison became the first male athlete to win the high and long jumps at the NCAA outdoor championships in 2019 and repeated that at the indoor meet in March.
Last weekend Harrison set a new personal best and the current World lead in the long jump with 8.44m. He might potentially be the favorite for a medal in Tokyo.
Elsewhere, at the Jesse Owens Track Classic in Columbus, Ohio the silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships and 2016 Olympic games Joe Kovacs opened his season with a huge World-leading throw of 22.72m.