Jones Wins Pac-12 Title – Stanford University Athletics

Jones Wins Pac-12 Title - Stanford University Athletics

WALNUT, Calif. – Stanford freshman Alyssa Jones broke a 32-year-old school record while winning the women’s long jump at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on Saturday.

Jones led from her opening jump and never was threatened. Her winning distance was 22-3 ½ (6.79 meters), more than a foot ahead of runner-up Alysah Hickey of Oregon, the defending champion. 

Jones’ longest jump was aided by a 2.4 meters per second wind, over the allowable 2.0 for records purposes. However, on her sixth and final attempt, Jones reached a wind-legal 22-1 ½ (6.74m), with a tailwind of 1.8. That broke the meet record of 21-11 (6.68m) by Arizona State’s Christabel Nettey in 2013.

The Stanford outdoor record was 21-10 ¼ (6.66) set by rising senior Jackie Edwards in the qualifying round of the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo while representing the Bahamas. She would finish 10th. Jones tied or exceeded that distance on three of her jumps, though only the final attempt was wind-legal. 

Cal’s Asha Fletcher held the lead of 20-1w (6.12m) when Jones stepped on the runway for her opening jump. Jones’ opener went 21-10 ¼ (6.66m), with a 2.4 mps wind-reading. Hickey’s 21-2 (6.45m) on her fourth attempt closed the gap to 8 ¼ inches, but Jones saved her two best jumps for last to extend her lead. 

Jones, 19, now is No. 4 all-time on the U.S. outdoor under-20 list. Her jump of the same distance at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March was a U.S. U20 indoor record.

Jones became Stanford’s second different conference women’s long jump champion and the first since Erica McLain won her third Pac-12 long jump title in 2008. McLain, a Stanford Hall of Famer, also won four Pac-10 triple jump championships.

The Cardinal women won two Pac-12 titles last year – Virginia Miller in the javelin and Allie Jones in the heptathlon. Jones will attempt a personal double, or even a triple, when she competes in the high jump and the 4×100 relay on Sunday, the last of the three-day meet. 

Udodi Onwuzurike seeks multiple titles as well. The Stanford sophomore was the top qualifier Saturday in the 100, running 10.09. On Friday, he also won his preliminary heat of the 200 and enters that final as the No. 2 qualifier. Last year, he was second in both events to Oregon’s Micah Williams, who also won his 100 heat Saturday and was the second qualifier overall. Williams is not entered in the 200. 

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