Jones’ Rio Olympics Bid Ends In U.S. Trials Finals

EUGENE, Ore. (ECU Media Relations) – East Carolina jumper Avion Jones’ attempt to become the third United States Olympian in program history ended Sunday in the finals of the high jump at the United States Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

With the initial height set at 2.16 meters (7’1″), Jones was unable to clear the bar on all three of his attempts.

Jones ended his collegiate career as a four-time All-America performer and winner of six conference titles – including the last four American Athletic Conference high jump crowns. He had already hit the minimum Olympic standard (2.29 meters) in the discipline after clearing 2.31 meters at the AAC Outdoor Championships but fell just short at the Trials.

ECU fans will have a former Pirate athlete to cheer on in the Rio Olympics as LaShawn Merritt earned a spot on Team USA in the 200m, 400m and 4×400 relay events. He won gold in the 400m and 4×400 relay at the Beijing Games in 2008.

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