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CU Buffs’ Dani Jones named USTFCCCA Mountain Regional Athlete of the Year

Colorado's Dani Jones placed 10th at nationals last year and 22nd as a freshman in 2016.
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Colorado’s Dani Jones placed 10th at nationals last year and 22nd as a freshman in 2016.

Colorado track and field star Dani Jones adds another honor to her resumè Friday morning as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named her the USTFCCCA Mountain Regional Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.

Jones becomes the third CU student-athlete named to the honor during the indoor season, joining Jenny Barringer in 2009 and Emma Coburn in 2013. This honor is just the eighth regional track athlete of the year for the squad all-time.

The redshirt senior will be in action next weekend in the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800 and mile. She had an outstanding season, recording the best time in the nation in the mile, third-best time in the 5,000 and fifth-best mark in the 800. In region, she is first in both the mile and 800 and second in the 5,000. Jones became the only female student-athlete in the NCAA All-Time Top-10 in both the mile and 5,000 after putting down the sixth-best time in the mile and ninth-best mark in the 5,000.

This is Jones’ second USTFCCCA Athlete of the Year honor as she was named the Cross Country Athlete of the Year following her 2018 National Championship. She also becomes 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.

Northern Arizona’s Tyler Day was named the Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year while Texas Tech’s Justin Hall and Ruth Usoro took the Men’s and Women’s Field Athlete of the Year honors, respectfully. The Red Raiders’ assistant coaches Calvin Robinson and James Thomas took the Men and Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year honors, while NAU head coach Mike Smith took the Men’s Coach of the Year honor and Doug Reynolds of New Mexico State took the Women’s Coach of the Year honor.

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