NEW MARKET — Coming off a state finals appearance a season ago, Southmont’s Trent Jones has signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and track career at Indiana State University majoring in some form of business.
“The track program at ISU is incredible,” Jones said. “The combination of that and the business school is what really peaked my interest.”
The Sycamores track team is well-established as one of the best. Noah Malone, who is seen as one of the best runners in the country is a member of the program.
Southmont track and field coach Desson Hannum has seen Jones’s progression as a runner since his freshman season and sees this signing as reward for the hard work he’s put in.
“It’s really a culmination of his career,” Hannum said. “This is something he has been working towards as a freshman and it’s been something he’s wanted to do. To see those dreams become a reality now is special for him as an individual.
After having the amount of success he had a season ago, Jones started to really think about continuing his track career further, fast forward a couple of months, and now that thought has turned into a reality.
“I knew that I wanted to sign before 2021 ended,” Jones said. “With my scholarship, depending on how well I perform, it can be increased. So now that I have that knowledge in my head, it just gives me more motivation for the upcoming season.”
It took some time for Jones to develop into the runner that he is today, but once he found what clicked, the rest was history.
“He understands what he needs to do to be successful at the next level,” Hannum said. “That’s what you want all of your athletes to try and understand. He’s looking at himself now where he is now, but what he can become at the end of the spring.”
Jones has his eyes on not only getting back to the state finals this season, but he wants to be one of the ones on the podium. Stay tuned folks, the best of Jones is still yet to come.
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