Jones Wins Heptathlon at Mt. SAC Relays

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Akela Jones fell short of breaking the collegiate heptathlon record but still recorded a noteworthy mark as she closed out competition at the Mt. SAC Relays with a score of 6,307 to win the heptathlon on Thursday afternoon. 

The mark gives Jones 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. 

“Akela’s score for this time of year is impressive but honestly it could have been better,” head coach Cliff Rovelto said of Jones’ performance. “There is still so much work to get done.” 

The senior opened the second day of action in long jump, winning the event with a leap of 6.12m/20-01.00 to earn 887 points in the first event of the day. Jones then recorded a personal best in the javelin throw with a toss of 38.97m/127-10 to finish in 11th place and earn 648 points. 

“The javelin throw was obviously a personal best,” Rovelto added. “Her long jump mark does not reflect how far she has been jumping.”

In order to break the 6,400 point mark, Jones needed to run her PR time of 2:21.62. A time of 2:25.1 would have earned the best-ever regular-season score of 6,354. Jones would finish with a time of 2:28.70 to earn 709 points and finish the heptathlon with a final score of 6,307. 

During the first day of competition, she set a collegiate record-breaking first-day score of 4,063 points. 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. Her high jump mark also set a new school record, topping Gwen Wentland’s leap of 1.93m/6-04.00 in 1995. 

The full team begins competition tomorrow at the KT Woodman Invitational in Wichita, Kansas. Friday’s events are slated for a noon CT with field events. Running events begin 6 p.m. CT start with the women’s 1500 meter run on the track and women’s javelin throw in the field. 

Competition resumes on Saturday with the women’s hammer throw and men’s discus throw at 11 a.m. CT. Track events will begin at 12:30 p.m. CT on the final day of the meet with the 100 meter dash prelims. 

A livestream of both days of competition is available and can be found by clicking here. In-meet updates can be found by following @kstate_gameday on Twitter or by following the live results found on the meet central page, which can be found here

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