Rising senior wins third national NCAA championship
June 3, 2010
the 2010 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships.
Chrys Jones ’11 of Harrodsburg, Ky., won his third national championship in the triple jump at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, which took place from Thursday, May 27, through Saturday, May 29. The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission hosted the meet along with Baldwin-Wallace College. Jones is the only Centre athlete to hold a national championship.
Jones won the championship in the triple jump after recording a mark of 49'9.75". He defeated 16 other competitors in the event.
“I’m extremely proud of the effort that Chrys gave,” said head coach Lisa Owens. “He’s worked extremely hard during the season and is dedicated to the sport and the event. His hard work and dedication paid off, and he deserves this championship.”
Jones said he was thrilled to have won the championship “after the challenges that I’ve had to overcome this season. I appreciate all the support that I’ve received from everyone, especially from my coaches and teammates.”
Jones was named an All-American for his performance. He has been named an All-American four times while at Centre. During his freshman year, he received the honor at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump event, and he has received it three times in the triple jump event.
Jones qualified for the Track & Field Championships in the triple jump at the University of the Cumberlands Invitational on Saturday, April 10, as he recorded a jump of 49'2.50".
Last year, Jones won the event at Nationals setting a new Don Drumm Stadium record and a new school record as he jumped 50'3.25". The 2009 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships took place in Marietta, Ohio, at Marietta College. He also won the triple jump event at the 2010 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Greencastle, Ind., at DePauw University. He won with a jump of 49'3.50".
Going into the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, Jones was ranked in first place in the event.
Junior Drew Jackson from the University of Chicago came in second in the event with a jump of 49'7.25".