Jones finishes fifth at USATF Championships

Buffalo's Jonathan Jones competes in the shot put during the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

EUGENE, Ore. (UB RELEASE) – Senior thrower Jonathan Jones continued his stellar senior campaign on Sunday afternoon at the 2015 USATF Championships, earning a fifth place finish in the shot put with a new personal-best throw of 20.92m (68’7.85″). The reigning NCAA National Champion earned a spot on Team USA for the Pan American Games with his record-breaking throw.

Taking to the same circle where he won a NCAA title just two weeks before, Jones yet again impressed at Hayward Field as he set another personal-best with a throw of 20.92m (68’7.85″) on his third attempt of the afternoon. The giant throw by Jones moved him into fourth place, which would have earned him a spot on Team USA for the World Championships, but in the next round he was bumped down to fifth place finish.
Finishing as the top collegiate thrower, Jones will be the first alternate for the IAAF World
Championships in Beijing. His monster throw also earned him a spot on Team USA for the Pan American Games which will be held in Toronto, Canada on July 20-26 and a spot in the NACAC Senior Area Championships which are being held in San Jose, Costa Rica from August 7-9. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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