Jones Repeats As Athlete of the Week

The American Release

ORLANDO – The recognition continues to roll in for Rayniah Jones after yet another record-setting performance. The redshirt freshman was named the American Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week for the second straight week, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Already the 100-meter hurdles freshman record holder four times over, Jones opened UCF's Saturday track events by shattering the overall school record in the event. Jones won the 100-meter hurdles with a personal-best 12.73 to best Jackie Coward's record 12.81 set in 2012.
The Miami native already held the top mark among the American Athletic Conference performers this season, but her time on Saturday is the top time on the American Athletic Conference all-time performance list. She currently sits third nationally but posted the top wind-legal time in the event on Saturday. Her mark was also a US Olympic Team Qualifying Time.
Rayniah Jones set personal bests in all three events in which she competed at the Knights Invite.
Additionally, Jones posted a second-place finish in her first 100-meter dash performance as a member of the Black and Gold. She finished in 11.53, which is the fastest time by a Knight in the event this season and puts her fourth on The American's performance list. She also took second in Friday's 200-meter dash. Jones posted a personal-best 23.71, which is also the top time by a Knight in the event in 2021 and ranks fifth in The American.

Jones is just the second Knight to earn back-to-back Athlete of the Week honors in The American, joining Anne-Marie Blaney who picked up consecutive awards in April 2017.
UCF returns to action on Thursday at the North Florida Invitational.
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