Johnson, Ndipagbor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
Ndipagbor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither set USC 4x200m relay record.
Johnson, Ndipagpor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week
Ndipagpor, Davis, Faulknor, and Gaither set USC 4x200m relay record.
USC has a strong day overall; Ready for final-day action at Mt. SAC
Selma, Kleinsasser, Ozorai and Conatser Shine At Cal State L.A. Invitational
Trojans enjoy a big first day against top-notch competition
THIS YEAR: Senior Vanessa Jones enters her final season of track and field at USC, specializing in the 400m race. She ranks fourth on USC's all-time list in the 400m race and has run on three of the top 10 Trojans' 4x400m relay teams of all-time.
2014: Jones made great strides in the open 400m race during the season, culminating with second-team All-America honors in the event as she placed 12th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 52.45. Jones set a PR of 52.15 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds on May 29 which is the fourth-fastest 400m time ever by a Trojan woman. Jones also earned first team All-America honors as part of USC's 4x400m relay team which placed seventh at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:32.55. Twice during the season she ran on teams that broke into USC's all-time top five in the event, first running the third-fastest time of 3:29.42 at the Florida Relays on April 5, then running USC's fourth-fastest time of 3:30.29 in the semifinals at the NCAA Championships. Jones placed third in the 400m with a time of 52.39 and ran the third leg for the winning 4x400m relay team at the Pac-12 Championships on May 18. During the indoor season, Jones set a 400m PR of 53.84 to place fifth at the MPSF Championships on March 1...she also ran the second leg for the 4x400m relay team which clocked 3:37.23 to place third. Earned first-team All-America honors as part of the 4x400m relay team which finished sixth with a school-record time of 3:33.20.
2013: Kept improving throughout the season and became an integral part of both of USC's relay teams. Ran the anchor leg for the 4x100m relay team which placed seventh with a time of 44.48 at the NCAA Championships to earn first-team All-America honors. Ran the second leg on the 4x400m relay which took 11th with a time of 3:34.44 to earn second-team All-America honors at the NCAAs. Finished 16th in the open 400m race at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds with a time of 53.73 and missed by four places of advancing to the NCAA semifinals...had a time of 53.54 to advance to the regional final. Anchored the 4x100m relay which advanced out of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in fifth with a time of 44.38. Ran the second leg for the 4x400m relay which posted a season-best time of 3:32.31 to place seventh at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds...that time improved the quartet of Akawkaw Ndipagbor, Jones, Jenna Puterbaugh and Ashley Liverpool's then eighth-place standing on USC's all-time list in the event. Won the Pac-12 4x400m title with the same group, posting a time of 3:32.39 to move into eighth place on USC's all-time list and set the Loker Stadium record. Placed fifth in the 400m race at the Pac-12 Championships with a PR of 52.89 which moved her into seventh place on USC's all-time 400m list. Was third in the 400m at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet with a time of 53.13 and won on the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:39.69. Set a 200m PR with a time of 23.80 to place seventh at Mt. SAC on April 19.
2012: Jones had a season-best 400m time of 53.95 to win her heat and place sixth overal at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 20. Was fifth in the 400m dash at the USC-UCLA Dual Meet on April 29 with a time of 55.10. Placed 14th in the 400m dash with a time of 55.12 at the Pac-12 Championships in Eugene, Ore. on May 12...also finished sixth as part of USC's 4x400m relay which had a time of 3:41.07. Ran 55.20 to finish 35th at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin, Texas. Served as an alternate for the 4x100m relay team at the NCAA Championships.
High School: Jones of Etiwanda HS placed second in the 400m race at the 2011 California State Meet with a time of 54.49. She has a best 400m time of 53.58 in placing second at the 2010 CIF Southern Section Masters Meet. Won the 2010 CIF Division I 400m title with a time of 54.12, just edging out current teammate Akawkaw Ndipagbor. Jones also has a PR of 24.53 in the 200m dash.
Personal: Vanessa was born on Jan. 1, 1993 in Anaheim, Calif...Was a four-year honor roll student in high school...Participated in community outreach including clothing drives...Is a Human Performance major at USC, with a minor in Entrepreneurship...Family members to also attend USC include Pamela Jones, Aaron Harper, Angela Adams, Gregory Harper and Darryl Adams, Sr...Her hobbies include music and dancing...Listens to a variety of music.