Adam Jones Clears 6-9 3/4, Finishes Fifth at NCAAs

Adam Jones Clears 6-9 3/4, Finishes Fifth at NCAAs

NAPERVILLE, IL--Sophomore Adam Jones (Amesbury, MA/Triton Regional HS) of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's track and field team finished fifth in the high jump at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships at North Central College's Al Carius Track Saturday.

Jones tied his school record and personal best of 6-9 ¾ in finishing fifth.

Jones cleared the first three heights of 6-4 1/4, 6-6 1/4 and 6-8 ¼ without a miss, then made 6-9 ¾ on his second jump. He missed all three of his attempts at 6-11, barely missing on his final try. Nathan Davis of Heidelberg finished first at 7-0 ¼. By finishing fifth, Jones earned All-America status, and became the third All-American from the UMD men's team in two years, joining Phito Gondre and Chris Perry.

"I thought I had it on my third attempt at 6-11, but I was happy to finish where I did," said Jones. "It was a great surface to jump off of. I didn't lose anything on the ground. I'm exhausted from the whole day, but it was a really fun experience."

"Adam did exceptionally well," said Assistant Coach Darren DeAndrade, who works with Jones. "I don't think there was any doubt in our mind that he was going to do well. He has done a lot of hard work, and it paid off, he was in it right from the first jump."

"His third jump was so close, I was already out of my chair, and yelling, and it might have been the vibrations from my yelling that knocked the bar off," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Steve Gardiner. "I'm really happy for him; he's been consistent all year long. He was right in the mix all the way through the competition, and I'm really happy with the improvement he's shown."

The competition marked the end of the indoor track and field season for UMass Dartmouth.




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