Greater Atlanta Christian senior Jasmine Jones won gold in the 100 hurdles at the Pan-American U20 Championships in Costa Rica on Friday.
“It’s so cool to be here,” Jones said in an interview after the win, draped in an American flag. “It’s my first USA team so it’s really cool to even get a medal — a gold one is amazing.”
Jones won in 13.20 seconds, just .01 off her personal best time. Jamaica’s Ackera Nugent was second in 13.37.
“My start was pretty good,” Jones said. “Better than the semis earlier. Then everyone was pretty close together through the hurdles. The last two were just the last two so you’ve got to finish.
“It’s super exciting. I get to come back next year for Worlds — if I can make the team — and I have a lot left to go. I really hope to break 13 (seconds) next year.”
Jones is a two-time Daily Post athlete of the year and has won 11 state track and field titles.
She was named the Gatorade Georgia girls track and field athlete of the year in June. She won a state title in the long jump and the 200-meter dash while defending her title in the 100 hurdles as a junior.
Jones was the high-point scorer for Class AAA and led the Spartans to their third title in four years.
Another Gwinnett product, Buford’s Kimberly Harris, was part of a record-setting 1,600 relay on the meet’s final day, finishing in 3 minutes, 24.04 seconds. Harris and her teammates broke the U20 world record by more than three seconds Sunday.