MARION – Top Barbados female athlete Akela Jones continues to do well in the long jump in the United States.
Jones, a product of the Springer Memorial School and on a scholarship at Oklahoma Baptist, is competing for her school at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships which are being held at the Indiana Wesleyan University. The meet, which started yesterday, is being held at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion for the fourth consecutive year and started in not too favourable weather conditions.
However, the weather did not hamper the day for eight student-athletes who won national championships. One broke a record, another earned her second career championship, and three others won the first individual national championship for their school.
Jones recorded a personal best in the long jump, clearing 6.35 metres to win Oklahoma Baptist’s first national title of the meet. The lanky teenager who comes from a sporting family, reached her distance on her second jump in the finals and passed on the third to avoid injury. She won the long jump from her closest rival by almost a foot.
Jones is slated to contest a number of other events at the meet which continued today.