Whether it’s on or off the track, Akela Jones just keeps on winning.
Jones, one of Barbados’ most promising athletes, captured her second award in a week, when she was named the Midwest Field Athlete of Year (Female) by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in their annual regional awards.
The 19 year-old student at Kansas State University, was also named Big 12 Co-Performer of the Year this past Wednesday.
Jones, a first-year junior transfer from Oklahoma Baptist has dominated competition all season-long, most recently earning the conference championship high point scorer of the meet to go along with a conference title in the long jump. Competing in three events at the NCAAs this weekend – 60-metre hurdles, high jump and long jump –– Jones finished the indoor season with the No. 1 long jump mark (6.67 metres, school record), the No. 2 pentathlon mark (4,402 points), the eighth highest high jump mark (1.85m) and eighth fastest hurdles time (8.14 seconds – school record) in Division I.
Additionally her coach, Cliff Rovelto and freshman teammate Christoff Bryan won the awards for Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year and Midwest Field Athlete of Year (Male) respectively.