SACRAMENTO, CA – Adding to his storybook junior campaign, Jonathan Jones had the best performance in school and MAC history in the shot put on Wednesday night at the USA Track and Field National Championships. Jones recorded a fourth place finish with a school and MAC record throw, finishing first amongst six NCAA competitors in the event.
"Jon set a new standard of excellence at the USATF championships," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "His 68'1.00" throw not only breaks the UB and MAC record, but ranks him as one of the top throwers in the USA. Jones was able to come back from the MAC Championships and rebound like a champion. Coach Garnham should also be recognized for Jon's amazing season."
Appearing in his first USATF National Championship, Jones made the most of his opportunity as he recorded the highest finish for any Bull in program history (4th). With his second throw of the competition, Jones sat in fourth place as he broke the school and MAC records with a toss that traveled 66'07.75" (20.31m). On his very next throw however, Jones shattered his previously set record with his best toss of his career. His new mark, 68'01.00 (20.75m) put him in third place overall with three throws to go. Jones dropped one spot and finished in fourth overall, the highest finish of any NCAA student-athlete in the field.
Jones closes out his impressive junior season as the school record holder in the shot put in indoor and outdoor while also being the MAC record holder in the outdoor shot put. Jones was also the MAC Champion for the second straight outdoor season and earned All-American honors for the fourth straight time (two indoor, two outdoor).