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2020 track and field/ cross country off-season news and general discussion thread


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The 2020 track and field seasons ended much earlier than fans and, even more so, the team wanted, so I thought it's time to start this thread for any news (and discussion of it) about the T&F/CC teams during this off-season.

1st off, congrats to senior Dani Jones for being named one of only three women nationwide as finalists for the Coaches' Association's National track athlete of the year honor!

Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/3/20/track-and-field-jones-named-national-athlete-of-the-year-finalist.aspx

NEW ORLEANS – The honors keep rolling in for Colorado track and field senior Dani Jones after the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named her one of three finalists for the USTFCCCA National Women's Track Athlete of the Year Friday morning.

"Although I'm saddened by the abrupt end to the season, I'm honored to be named one of the three finalists for national athlete of the year," said Jones. "I'm especially thankful for the University of Colorado, my coaches, family and friends for their continued support."

Jones was the heavy favorite for the mile national title before all championships were canceled. She led the field by three seconds entering the meet after running the sixth-fastest time in NCAA history at the Wanamaker Mile in the 113th Millrose Games. On top of that, she also had the ninth-best time in the 5,000 after running with Makena Morley in Boston, as the duo ran virtually alone for the last few laps. Jones is the only female athlete in NCAA history in the top-10 in both the mile and 5,000.

In addition to her top-10 achievements, Jones was also ranked third in the 5,000 and fifth in the 800 in the nation. The senior was planning to attempt the mile/800 double where she would've been slated against another National Athlete of the Year Finalist in Nia Akins of Penn.

Jones became the third CU student-athlete named USTFCCA Regional Athlete of the Year during the indoor season earlier this month, joining Jenny Barringer in 2009 and Emma Coburn in 2013. The honor was just the eighth regional track athlete of the year for the squad all-time.

Jones was named the USTFCCCA Cross Country Athlete of the Year following her 2018 National Championship. She also became the fifth CU student-athlete with a USTFCCCA Regional and National Athlete of the Year honor, joining Barringer, Dathan Ritzenhein, Jorge Torres and Adam Goucher. She would be the only CU athlete to ever capture a cross country and track honor.

The other two finalists include Akins of Penn who was the national leader in the 800 after running the second-fastest time in NCAA history in February. They are joined by LSU's Tonia Marshall who had the nation's best time in the 60 hurdles after running the fifth-fastest 60 hurdles time ever, becoming the third-best performer in NCAA history. She also had the 11th and 12th fastest marks in NCAA history this season.