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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE LSU's Mondo Duplantis celebrates Saturday, May 11, 2019, after clearing a collegiate-record 19 feet, 8 1/4 inches in the pole vault during the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.

Another week, another honor for LSU pole vault sensation Mondo Duplantis.

Duplantis was named Tuesday the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's Division I athlete of the week for his record-setting performance Saturday at the Southeastern Conference championships.

It's the second time in the past three weeks that Duplantis has been named the athlete of the week by the USTFCCCA.

With LSU trying to claim its first SEC outdoor title in 29 years, the second-ranked Tigers took a late lead in the competition when Duplantis won the vault with a collegiate-record leap of 19 feet, 8¼ inches.

After giving his team a 97-91 lead over Florida, LSU closed it out when the 4x400-meter relay team finished second in the meet's final event to nail down the Tigers' first victory at the SEC outdoor meet since 1990.

After securing the individual title with a clearance of 18-5½, Duplantis broke Lawrence Johnson's 25-year-old SEC record, then, on his third and final attempt, bettered Johnson's 23-year-old collegiate mark.

The second-best clearance of Duplantis' career is a 2019 world lead and made him only the 10th man in world history to clear 6.00 meters (19-8¼) at least twice outdoors during his career.


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