Freshman Briauna Jones finished fifth in the Junior Women's Triple Jump at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Sunday, June 26 in Eugene, Oregon. After finishing in the top eight, Jones was named to the Junior All-American team presented by Nike.
Jones recorded a jump of 40-03.50 to finish fifth. In early May, she helped the 49ers capture the A-10 women's outdoor title while earning A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie honors. In the A-10 Championships, she captured the long jump and high jump titles and finished runner-up in the triple jump. She also was named the 49ers Women's Indoor Track and Field MVP this season. Jones also competed in the junior long jump at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Freshman Sean Kluttz competed in the junior 800 meters and fellow freshman Joseph Cotto competed in the men's junior 10,000 meters. Freshman Daniel Freeman participated in the men's junior javelin as well. Keara Thomas, who was a senior this past season at Charlotte, competed in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Thomas also played an integral role in helping the 49ers capture the A-10 women's outdoor track and field championship by winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
"Briauna rose to the occasion," Charlotte head track and field coach Bob Olesen said. "It really capped off a very successful freshman year for Briauna. For Keara Thomas competing in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships was a great capstone for her collegiate career. For all of the Charlotte student-athletes that competed in the Championships, it was a great experience. They all got valuable exposure and experience being on the same track with Olympic level athletes."