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Tia Jones breaks numerous records at USATF Juniors, earns AOW


INDIANAPOLIS -- Tia Jones wins USATF Athlete of the Week after establishing herself as the fastest youth 100m hurdler ever, running a record setting time of 12.84 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Clovis, California.

In the preliminary round of the women’s 100m hurdles, Jones (Marietta, Georgia) broke away from her heat right out of the blocks on her way to a national high school record and world junior record. The high school freshman bested the previous youth world record held by Yanique Thompson (12.94) set in 2013, and the high school record of 12.94 set by Dior Hall in 2014.

“Every single time I run I try to do my best and PR, because I never want to go back and settle for anything,” Jones said of her records. “It’s really overwhelming. It just lets me know that my hard work is paying off in the long run.”

After her awe-inspiring performance in the prelims, Jones looked to continue her success in the 100m hurdles finals on Sunday. Jones failed to sweep her competition for the weekend, however, narrowly finishing in second place in the finals behind Alexis Duncan (De Soto, Texas). Jones’ second place finish with a time of 13.05, was just short of Duncan’s 13.04, though, it was enough to qualify her for the IAAF World Junior Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland on July 19-24.

Other notable performances of the week include the following:

  • Michael Norman Jr. (Murrieta, California) ran a thrilling 20.15 in the men’s 200m finals at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships on Sunday, marking him as the third fastest high schooler in U.S. history, and placing him only .02 seconds from the American Junior record of 20.13 set by Roy Martin in 1985.


  • Bria Matthews (Marrow, Georgia) took home two Junior Championship titles in Clovis this weekend, taking the women’s long jump with a leap of 13.16m/43-02.25, and the triple jump with a winning jump of 6.49m/21-03.50. Matthews was the only athlete to win two gold medals at the Junior Championships, and will represent Team USA at the World Junior Championships in Poland.

  • Joy Upshaw (Lafayette, California) broke a series of W55 American records this weekend at the Sierra Gold Masters Track and Field Festival, demolishing Phil Rascker's records in the 200m and 80m hurdles. Joy ran a time of 27.54 in the 200m and 13.04 in the 80m hurdles, inching closer to the W55 world records.

Now in its 15th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

2016 Winners: Jan. 13, Garrett Heath; Jan. 20, Donavan Brazier; Jan. 27, Keni Harrison; Feb. 3, Jenn Suhr; Feb. 10, Vashti Cunningham; Feb. 17, Galen Rupp; Feb. 24, John Nunn; March 2, Curtis Beach; March 11, Bill Collins; March 16, Da’mira Allen; March 24, Michelle Carter; March 31, Janet Bawcom; April 8, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 14, Keni Harrison; April 22, LaShawn Merritt; April 28, Courtney Okolo; May 6, Ida Keeling; May 12, Willie Gault; May 18, Marquise Goodwin; June 2, Keni Harrison; June 9, Tia Brooks; June 16, Donavan Brazier; June 23, Sydney McLaughlin; June 30, Tia Jones.

We welcome your nominations!

To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to

Andrew Eisch

Communications Intern

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