K-State’s Akela Jones named National Athlete of the Week

Kansas State's Akela Jones leaps in the heptathlon long jump during the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Courtesy: K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After nearly breaking the NCAA pentathlon record at last weekend’s DeLoss Dodds Invitational, senior Akela Jones was honored with her second USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week award this season, the organization announced on Tuesday.

Jones fell just 35 points shy of the record with 4,643 total points in the meet’s pentathlon. The record of 4,678 was set during last season’s NCAA Indoor Championships by Georgia’s Kendell Williams.

The St. Michael, Barbados, native started the event off with first-place finishes in the 60-meter hurdles (8.25) and then high jump (1.85m/6-00.75) to bring her total score to 2,114 points through the first two events of the pentathlon.

After earning 727 points in the shot put, she dominated in long jump with a leap of 6.64m/21-09.50 to earn 1,053 points to move her meet score to 3,894 points heading into the 800-meter run. She then earned 749 in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.63 to finish the day with 4,643 points.

Jones earned national weekly accolades earlier this month (Jan. 12) after setting a personal best in high jump (1.87m/6-01.50) and nearly missing her personal best in the 60-meter hurdles (8.17). She took first place in both events, and both were the top mark in the nation.

As the 2016 season stands, Jones is the collegiate leader in both the pentathlon and high jump, is No. 2 in the long jump and is No. 4 in the 60-meter hurdles. Per the IAAF, she’s the world leader in the pentathlon, No. 3 in the long jump, No. 7 in the high jump and No. 16 in the 60 hurdles.

K-State returns to action this Saturday as it travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational.

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTF on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateTF or on Facebook.

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