Event: 100m, 200m
PR: 100m - 10.02 (2005); 200m - 20.58 (2005)
Born: April 10, 1984, in Gary, Ind.
Current Residence: Kansas City, Kan.
High School: West Side (Gary, Ind.) HS 03
College: Kansas City Kansas Community College 07
Coach: Al Hobson
Agent: Al Nubani
Career Highlights: 4th at 2007 USA Outdoors 100m; 4th at 2007 USA Indoors 60m; 4th at 2005 USA Indoors; 5th at 2005 USA Outdoors
Jelks enjoyed his best performance ever at a USA Outdoor Championship in 2007 with a 4th place finish in the 100m in a time of 10.13 seconds. His 2006 season saw a semi-final appearance in the 200m at the USA Outdoor Championships. Jelks enjoyed a breakout year in 2005, which was highlighted by his fifth-place finish in the 100 meters at the USA Outdoor Championships, and a first-ever national ranking (#5) at seasons end by Track & Field News. Coming out of high school Jelks originally signed with TCU before transferring to Kansas City Community College, where as a sophomore he announced his decision in April of 2005 to forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to sign with Nike and become a professional. Jelks was the 2003 Nike Indoor prep champion, 2002 Indiana state high school 100m and 200m champion and a four-time high school All-American. He qualified for the Indiana State High School Championships in six separate events (100, 200, 400, long jump, 4x100, 4x400) during his prep career.
2008: 14th in Olympic Trials semi-finals (10.24)...8th in 100m at Nike Prefontaine Classic
(10.31)…8th in 100m at adidas Track Classic (10.35)
2007: 4th at USA Outdoors 100m (10.13)…4th at USA Indoor Championships 60m (6.63)…1st in opening round at USA Outdoors (10.04)…3rd at Prefontaine Classic 100m (10.49)… 7th at Tyson Invitational 60m (6.76)…3rd in 200m at Drake Relays… (20.71)…1st at Kansas Relays (10.03w)…2nd at Paris (10.09)…4th at Rome (10.17)…ranked #5 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 10.04.
2006: 7th in semis at AT&T USA Outdoors (21.43)…2nd at 100m at Carolina (10.32)…bests of 10.32, 21.12.
2005: 5th at USA Outdoors (10.32)…4th at USA Indoors 60m (6.66)…4th at Payton Jordan U.S. Open (10.18)…1st at Salamanca (10.02PR)…2nd at Malmo (20.58PR)…ranked #5 in U.S. at 100m by T&FN…bests of 10.02 & 20.58.
2004: Did not compete.
2003: Best of 21.64i.
2002: Bests of 10.45 & 21.23.
2001: Best of 21.31w.