Rayniah Jones Secures 10th All-America Honor with Third-Place Finish in 100m Hurdles

by Alex Clough

EUGENE, Ore. - In a fitting farewell, senior Rayniah Jones ran a program-best 12.59 in the 100m hurdles finals Saturday evening at the historic Hayward Field, securing a third overall finish and six points for the Knights.

"Well, this was the last hoorah for our three seniors. I couldn’t be prouder of all of them and what they have done for this program. We leave here with a third-place finish for Rayniah Jones and a huge personal best. Congratulations to all three of these athletes and all that they accomplished this season."

Head coach Dana Boone

In her final NCAA National Championships, Jones lowered her program record with her first sub-12.60 in her career. The First Team All-America honor is the fourth of her career and now the 10th overall All-America award during her four years at UCF.

Running out of lane eight, Jones was among the leading pack alongside Florida's Grace Stark and Washington State's Maribel Caicedo. At the finish line, Jones smashed her previous best of 12.63 set a season ago and was one of three to land in the 12.50s. 

With a second overall finish during her freshman season in 2021, Jones now concludes her historic career in similar fashion. Jones' time stands as one of the fastest in the nation ahead of her second career United States Olympic Trials later this month.

While one historic performance ended, another was just beginning. Asherah Collins secured a 15th-place finish in the triple jump with her 13.07m mark, becoming the first Knight in program history to garner All-America honors in both the long and triple jump.

Similar to her fellow senior, Collins will be back in Eugene for the Olympic Trials and joined by Kiah Williams who secured an All-America Honorable Mention in the 400m Thursday night.

Overall, the Knights finished in 36th place, it's fifth best at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in program history. Among Big 12 teams, UCF secured the sixth-highest finish.