Born August 4, 1938, Starkville, Miss.
At 5-10 and 162 pounds, Hayes Jones was not very big by hurdles standards but he was very fast, very competitive and very consistent. Blessed with 9.4 100-yard dash speed and also a good long jumper, Jones attended Eastern Michigan University where he put his all-around skills to good use.
While at EMU, he won the high hurdles and low hurdles double at the national collegiate championships in 1958. He also won nine AAU hurdles titles over a six-year period and had a 55-race victory streak indoors. At the 1960 Olympics, he was third in the high hurdles but took the gold medal in 1964. The 1959 Pan-American Games champion, he set a world indoor best of 6.9 for 60 yards in 1962 and held a share of the world 4 x 100 meter relay record. Jones, who was from Pontiac, Mich., later entered private business.