More gold for Akela
AKELA JONES won two more gold medals and a silver to end her two-year stint at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Today, Jones won the women’s high jump at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Alabama clearing 1.78 metres. The silver medal went to Becky Collier of Westmont with 1.71m and 1.68m gave Soka University’s Rachel Daley the bronze.
With a new personal best time of 13.35 seconds (wind 0.9) Jones also won the 100m hurdles, lowering her time from the 13.55 at the CARIFTA Games. Shayla Francis of Indiana Tech was second in 13.60 and teammate Zalika Dixon third in 13.83.
It was also Jones’ second junior national record, replacing the 13.38 (once ratified) set by Sade-Mariah Greenidge two years ago.
The silver medal was won on Friday with a new personal best 12.47 metres in the triple jump. She had been leading until the final round, when Indiana Tech’s Darcie Bowie took the gold in 12.59. Jones had a foul on her final attempt.
Courtney Mills of Hastings was third with 12.19 metres.
On Thursday, Jones won the long jump with a new junior and senior national record of 6.55 metres.
Shani Adams, a freshman at Wayland Baptist University, won silver in the women’s 400m hurdles in a personal best 60.35 seconds. The gold went to Dixon in 58.49 and Amelia Maguin of Southern Oregon was third in 59.19.