Jackson State University has named Pristina Jones its women’s head track and field coach. Jones brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Jackson with her.
“I want to thank the Jackson State University administration and Dr. Vivian L. Fuller for this great opportunity,” Jones said. “I am looking forward to a great year, both athletically and academically.”
She is a North Central College (Naperville, IL) graduate. While at NCC she became an 11 time All-American in track, with three of those times being National Championships. She won the NCAA D-III indoor and outdoor long jump titles in 1999, as well as being a member of the NCC 4×400-meter relay team that won the D-III indoor title the same year.
Jones also holds school records in the outdoor long jump, the outdoor 4×100 relay team and the indoor 4×400 relay team. She also won seven College Conferences of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) championships in her collegiate career, including three consecutive CCIW long jump titles from 1997-99. She graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, with a minor in computer science and emphases in communications.
Following her collegiate career, Jones joined the Indiana Invaders, an Amateur Elite Track and Field club in Indianapolis. From 2000 to 2005, she trained for competition, as well as mentored college and high school student-athletes. She concluded her post-collegiate career with a personal record of 20’6″ in the long jump.
In 2005 she joined the Jacksonville State University athletics department as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach. She spent one year at Jacksonville State. During the 2006 indoor season the women’s track team its first ever meet in the school’s history. During the 2006 outdoor season, she helped the program put on its first ever home meet. Later that season the Gamecocks finished second in the conference outdoor championships. Four members of the track team advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional.
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