The Trojan hurdler was a member of three Class AAA team state championships to go along with five individual titles — two in the 110-meter hurdles, two in the 300-meter hurdles and one long jump title — while also being a member of the 400-meter relay championship team. He also earned two Class AAA high-point award honors in the past two years.
It was Jones’ performance this year in Jefferson that earned him the statewide nod on Thursday, though. Jones won the 110-meter hurdles in 13.69 seconds, the 300-meter hurdles in 37.47 seconds and the long jump at 23 feet, 11 inches. Those, along with a second-place finish on the 400-meter relay team, earned Jones 32 points — or 9.5 points more than the second most by an individual in Class AAA.
Along with his obvious ability on a track, Jones also carried a 3.78 grade point average and volunteered at a local soup kitchen and for youth track.
“Jonathan has such fantastic athletic ability,” Carrollton track and field coach Craig Musselwhite said in a statement. “He’s just a natural hurdler and jumper, and to me a good hurdler is the best athlete there is. He’s also a kid who you never had to worry about in the classroom.”
In the 27-year history of Gatorade honoring the best high school athletes, Jones is the first named from CHS.
Jones will hang up his track shoes upon heading to Auburn University to focus on football, where the cornerback has signed a National Letter of Intent to play on the gridiron for the Tigers.
Even with his track career seemingly over, Jones could have one more honor left. The Gatorade high school sports leadership team, along with ESPNHS, will announce the National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year from the 50 state and District of Columbia winners at the end of the month.