Jones Earns First Outdoor Athlete of the Week Honor

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Akela Jones has been named Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week after her record-breaking performance in the heptathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays in Azusa, California on April 13th and 14th, the conference office announced on Wednesday.  

The award is her first outdoor Athlete of the Week honor this season and her second overall honor after earning the award once during the indoor season. She was also named National Athlete of the Week by the USTFCCCA three times during the indoor campaign. 

Jones won the Mt. SAC Relays heptathlon with a final score of 6,307 points. The competition was her first heptathlon of the season and her first since winning the 2015 NCAA Outdoor National Championship in the event.

The mark gave her a share of the sixth-best score in collegiate history in the heptathlon and is tied for the best score in the world this year in the event. Her effort also marks the seventh 6,300+ point effort in college history and just the third 6,300+ point effort recorded before the NCAA Championships. 

During the first day of competition in California, she set a collegiate record-breaking first-day score of 4,063 points. She held the previous mark of 4,023 points, which she set at last season’s National Championship en route to winning the heptathlon title.

She set personal bests in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.28 and in the high jump with a mark of 1.95m/6-04.75 on day one. Her high jump mark also set a new school record, topping Gwen Wentland’s leap of 1.93m/6-04.00 in 1995. 

The senior also added a personal best in the javelin throw on the final day of competition with a toss of 38.97m/127-10.

K-State returns to action on Friday as it travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to compete in the John McDonnell Invitational on Friday and Saturday. More information on the meet, including a full meet schedule, can be found here.

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