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  Shakedia Jones
Shakedia Jones

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Waukegan, IL

High School:
Waukegan HS

Height:
5-4

Position:
Sprints

2000 — At the U. S. Trials, after placing fifth in the semis of both the 100m (11.32) and 200m (22.57w), Jones was named to the U. S. Olympic team as a member of the women’s 4 X 100m relay pool (she did not run a race at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia) … At the NCAA Outdoor (Jones ran a total of six races) , she placed sixth (11.55) in the 100m (her eighth All-American honor, including five outdoors) and also competed in the 200m (semis, 23.67; prelims, 23.26) and ran the anchor leg on UCLA’s 4 X 100m relay (semis, 44.91) … At the Pac-10, Jones was second (11.26w) in the 100m, fourth in the 200m (23.46w) and ran on both of UCLA’s second-place relays (4 X 100m, anchor, 44.79; 4 X 400m, third leg, 3:37.10, season-best) … At the NCAA Indoor, she helped the Bruins win the team title by earning All-American status in the 60m (sixth, 7.36) … Season outdoor bests of 11.25 (No. 13 on the 2000 U. S. list) and 23.26 (No. 28 on the U. S. chart).

1999 — Despite a lingering hamstring injury, Jones still earned All-America honors twice … At the NCAA Outdoor, she placed seventh (11.23, season legal best, No. 10 in the U. S.) in the 100m and ran the second leg on UCLA’s 4 X 100m relay that placed third (43.81, season-best, No. 5 in school history) … At the Pac-10, she qualified for both sprint finals but was held out because of the hamstring injury … Ran season-bests of 11.101w, 11.23 and 23.46 (No. 32 in the U. S.) … Entered 1999 ranked No. 4 in the U. S. in the 100m and No. 8 in the 200m.

1998 — Jones had one of the great true freshman seasons in the history of women’s collegiate track and field … At the World Junior Championships in Annecy, France, she was the only U. S. woman to win gold, placing first in the 100m (11.19) and anchoring the winning U. S. 4x100m relay (43.52, American junior record), while also placing second in the 200m (23.39) … At the U. S. Junior meet in Edwardsville, IL, Jones was second in the 100m (11.19) and first in the 200m (22.65w) … At the NCAA Outdoor, she turned in a gutsy performance to earn All-America honors three times … In the 100m, she placed second (11.15w) and collapsed at the finish line with a severe cramp in her right hamstring … One hour later and heavily taped, she placed third in the 200m (22.97) … She also ran the second leg on UCLA’s 4x100m relay, that placed fourth (43.82) … At the Pac-10, she won the 100m (11.20) and ran the second leg on UCLA’s winning 4x100m relay (44.25) … Breakthrough effort in UCLA’s dual win over USC, setting two national dual meet records--in the 200m (22.84, No. 3 all-time U. S. Junior list, No. 4 in UCLA and Pac-10 history, No. 9 U. S. list) and running the second leg on UCLA’s winning 4x100m relay (43.49, Pac-10 record), while also winning the 100m (11.11, personal-best, No. 2 all-time U. S. Junior, No. 3 in UCLA history, No. 4-tie on U. S. list and all-time Pac-10, No. 5 all-time World Junior list, No. 8-tie on all- time collegiate list) … At the NCAA Indoor, she won her first All-America honor, placing eighth in the 200m (23.78) and also qualifying in the 55m.

High School — One of the nation’s top sprinters during her prep career … All-around athlete, lettered two years as a guard in basketball and all four seasons in track … In her prep career, she won the Illinois State crown in both sprints all four years … As a senior, her winning times of 11.86 and 23.89 were into strong headwinds … In ‘97, her best of 11.74 was No. 11 on the U. S. high school list and her 23.62 was No. 4, earning Track & Field News All-American … As a junior, she also won the Illinois State 400m crown … Her nine State titles is the most in Illinois history … In Junior Olympic competition, she won the national 200m championship as a senior and junior.

Personal — Sociology major … First name pronounced Sha-key-da … Born March 15, 1979.


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