Jones wins another award

Whether it’s on or off the track, Akela Jones just keeps on winning.

Jones, one of Barbados’ most promising athletes, captured her second award in a week, when she was named the Midwest Field Athlete of Year (Female) by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association in their annual regional awards.

Akela Jones
Akela Jones

The 19 year-old student at Kansas State University, was also named Big 12 Co-Performer of the Year this past Wednesday.

Jones, a first-year junior transfer from Oklahoma Baptist has dominated competition all season-long, most recently earning the conference championship high point scorer of the meet to go along with a conference title in the long jump. Competing in three events at the NCAAs this weekend – 60-metre hurdles, high jump and long jump –– Jones finished the indoor season with the No. 1 long jump mark (6.67 metres, school record), the No. 2 pentathlon mark (4,402 points), the eighth highest high jump mark (1.85m) and eighth fastest hurdles time (8.14 seconds – school record) in Division I.

Additionally her coach, Cliff Rovelto and freshman teammate Christoff Bryan won the awards for Midwest Region Women’s Coach of the Year and Midwest Field Athlete of Year (Male) respectively.

8 Responses to Jones wins another award

  1. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain March 14, 2015 at 7:29 am

    No matter where u come from or how your upbringing was, dreams do come through. Miss Akeila Jones what a blessed and wonderful person u are and I wish u continued succeSs in your life. Keep it girl.

  2. Sonia Romain
    Sonia Romain March 14, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Miss Akeila Jones needs to be Barbados next Ambassador.

  3. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith March 14, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Well done and keep up the good work, Ms Jones. I wonder when people will stop mentioning your backgrouund? They should focus on your present and future!

  4. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde March 14, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Just wonderful…outstanding young lady. Congratulations Akela!

  5. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos March 14, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Congratulations. Well done

  6. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 14, 2015 at 8:51 am


  7. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer March 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Akela again ! What are they going to do about her ? It time to do something about her. She is in the media too often with something positive. Unlike some carrying a title that certainly not suitable for their characteristics. As for Akela, age shouldn’t matter because she is a positive role model.

  8. Marilyn Weekes
    Marilyn Weekes March 14, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Congrats. Well done!


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