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Jelani Pierre - Track & Field - Kansas Jayhawks

Jelani Pierre

Position Jumps
Hometown Westfield, N.J.
High School Westfield
Class Senior

2o22 INDOOR (Sr.)
Began his season with a jump of 6.88m (22-7 ft.) in the long jump at the Bob Timmons Challenge, placing fourth.

2021 OUTDOOR (Sr.)
Jumped a wind-aided 7.35m (24-1.5 ft.) at the Longhorn Invitational, placing fifth … Won the Mizzou Spring Opener with a top jump of 7.22m (23-8.25 ft.) … Placed 13th at the Texas Relays with a jump of 6.81m (22-4.25 ft.) … Placed third at the Tom Botts Invitational, reaching 7.03m (23-0.75 ft.) … Jumped a wind-aided 7.34m (24-1 ft.) in the long jump at the John McDonnell Invitational, placing eighth … Jumped a personal best 7.51m (24-7.75 ft.) at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship, placing ninth … Advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary in the long jump, where he jumped 7.30m (23-11.5 ft.) placing 23rd.

2021 INDOOR (Sr.)
Made his KU debut at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular, jumping a personal best 13.33m (43-9 ft.) in the triple jump, placing fifth and reaching 7.00m (22-11.75 ft.) in the long jump, placing second … Jumped 7.14m (23-5.25 ft.) in the long jump at the Jayhawk Classic, winning the event … Placed third at the Arkansas qualifier, jumping 7.02m (23-0.75 ft.) … Won the Iowa State Classic with a jump of 7.06m (23-02 ft.) … Set a personal best in the long jump at the Big 12 Indoor Championship, jumping 7.34m (24-1 ft.) placing sixth.

Spent his previous three seasons at Iona, where he is the program record holder in the men’s long jump, jumping 7.42 meters at the Metropolitan Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2019, where he was also the meet champion … Placed third in the long jump at the 2019 MAAC Indoor Track and Field Championships … Placed second in the long jump at the 2019 MAAC Outdoor Track & Field Championship … Senior season was cut short due to COVID.

Was a six-time letter winner at Westfield Senior high school, lettering in track & field, basketball and football … Was fifth all-time in program history in the long jump, while he was the NJSIAA North 2 sectionals champion … Was named the Most Valuable senior track & field athlete in 2015-16 and received the 2016 UCIAC Scholar Award.

Son of Gerard Pierre and Kim Britten-Pierre … Has one sibling, Gerard … Majoring in Sports Psychology.