ECU's Jones captures AAC high jump title in record fashion

ORLANDO, Fla. – Senior jumper Avion Jones not only won gold in the high jump at the AAC Outdoor Championships Saturday evening, but also lofted himself into the realm of the elite athletes in the world.

His mark of 2.31 meters represents the second-highest of any athlete on the planet this year while also good enough for the AAC meet record and program outdoor record. He has now captured the last four conference high jump titles as his decorated prep career nears its conclusion. Jones is assured a spot in the NCAA regionals as a result where he will attempt to better that mark.

After three days of competition, the ECU women are tied with Memphis for the team lead while the men sit in seventh place.

Freshman Grace Sullivan also set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing the race in 10:36.34 to capture third place and win six points for the team total. On the men’s side, classmate Nick Ciaccia took fifth place in a time of 9:20.19. In the men’s long jump, Hakeem Horton placed fourth with a mark of 7.37 meters.

Sophomore Tamarack Bolden set himself up well in the 400-meter run, winning the prelims in a time of 46.92. The Pirates also fared well in the prelims of the 100-meter hurdles as senior Madison Rayfield and senior Cheyenne Hutchinson took fifth and seventh place in times of 13.60 and 13.64 to advance to tomorrow’s final.

The bulk of the point-scoring finals will be held Sunday as the league championship event concludes at the UCF Track Complex. The women’s triple jump final kicks off the day at 2:30 p.m.

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-per ECU Athletics