Jones Named Big 12 Athlete of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Junior Akela Jones was named the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Female Athlete of the Week, announced earlier today by the conference office, for her outstanding performance at the Jayhawk Classic. Jones, who took first in the pentathlon with a personal best score of 4,402 points, set multiple school pentathlon records, as well as the Anschutz Sports Pavilion facility record in the multi-event.

Jones’ latest effort in Lawrence saw her best a previous PR in the pentathlon of 4,153 points while also setting school multi records in the 60-meter hurdles (8.21) and long jump (6.38m/20-11.25). Along with her final total of 4,402 points breaking a facility record previously held by All-American Lindsay Vollmer (4,073), Jones’ time in the hurdles bested the Anschutz facility record set by teammate Erica Twiss at last season’s Bill Easton Classic of 8.36 seconds. 

The conference accolade adds to what has been a fantastic start to her Wildcat career. Jones continues to make waves on the national leaderboards with her pentathlon score ranking No. 2 in Division I, tops in the Big 12, as well as fifth-overall in the world. She also holds top-15 DI marks in three individual events – 60H (8.17 – 3rd), the long jump (6th) and high jump (1.82m/5-11.50 – T-13th) – with the latter two marks being set at this past weekend’s Jayhawk Classic and her hurdles time being a K-State record.

A transfer from Oklahoma Baptist, Jones is the first Wildcat to receive the weekly accolade this year and first overall since Twiss nabbed the award last outdoor season for her long jump performance at the Wildcat Open. K-State Track and Field will continue its 2014-15 indoor campaign this weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska from Feb. 6-7 at the Sevigne Husker Invitational.