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April 7, 2009

Jones dominates Pulaski Invitational

Southwestern senior turns in state’s best time in the 800 meters

Somerset — The event was the annual Pulaski County Invitational (PCI) track meet, but the main attraction on the night was Southwestern senior Trevor Jones.

Forget the fact that Jones led all individual scorers with 32.5 points, was named the PCI meet MVP, won three individual events and was part of a the winning Warrior 3200-meter relay team.

But Jones’ finest moment came in his individual 800-meter run performance. Jones broke his own school record and turned in the fastest 800-meter time in the state of Kentucky with an astounding early-season 1:57.0.

Because Jones’ qualifying time was not sent prior to the PCI meet on Friday, the all-state half-miler was placed in the second, and slower, heat of the PCI 800-meter field.

But it didn’t really matter because Jones was running against the clock and not the competitors, which he beat by more than 100 meters, on the Pulaski County High School track.

“Before the meet, Trevor told one of his buddies that he could run a 1:57-flat in the PCI,” Southwestern coach Rob Belwood laughed. “So, I told him to run an easy 2:05 half in the 3200 relay to conserve his energy. What does he do? He goes out and runs a 1:59.9 leg. Then, he wins the long jump and triple jump events prior to running his 1:57 flat.”

“He had a tough cross country season because he had a growth spurt and he had a tough time adjusting his stride to his added height,” Belwood added. “He is definitely running more at ease and seems more comfortable. This performance is really encouraging considering it is so early in the season and we have done very little quality speed workouts. I originally thought he might could go 1:56 in the half this season, but now I think a 1:54 is possible for him.”

Jones won the long jump with a best of 19’05” and won the triple jump with a best of 38’08”. Jones, Sabastian Rhode, Michael Tounge and Tyler Denham won the 3200-meter relay with a best of 8:44.7.

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