Jones Breaks Multiple Records on Day One of Mt. SAC Relays

Day 1 Results

– Senior Akela Jones opened the first day of competition at the Mt. SAC Relays in style, breaking multiple records and setting two new personal bests to set a collegiate record-breaking first-day score of 4,063 points in the heptathlon on Wednesday evening. 

Jones is off to an even better start than her performance at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships where she set the NCAA first day record with 4,023 points en route to winning the 2015 National Championship in the heptathlon. 

The product of St. Michael, Barbados, opened the competition with a third-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.36 for 1,071 points. The time is the same she recorded at the UCLA Legends Invitational two weeks ago.

She then dominated the field in the high jump, setting a new school record and collegiate heptathlon high jump record with a personal best leap of 1.95m/6-04.75 to earn 1,171 points. The previous school record was set by Gwen Wentland in 1995 after a leap of 1.93m/6-04.00 at the College Station Multis. 

In shot put, Jones racked up 770 points with a throw of 13.64m/44-09.00 to finish in fourth place. Her mark is good for fourth on the school’s all-time best list. 

The senior closed out day one with a bang, winning the 200 meter dash and earning 1,051 points with a personal best time of 23.28, which is tied for second on the school’s all-time list. 

Jones will begin Thursday’s competition 373 points ahead of Jessica Flax, who sits in second place with 3,690 points. The final three events of the heptathlon resume at 3 p.m. CT with the long jump. 

More information on the meet, including a full schedule and heat sheets, can be found here. Live results for the meet can be found here.  

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