Jones wining his heat of the 110m hurdles at the Archer Invitational
Aaron Jones has tried a few different events during his time at Archer. But the Sophomore is figuring out after winning his heat at the 2022 Big Mouth Shuma Signs Archer Invitational that the short hurdles could be his future. Or not. He does seem to prefer the long hurdles. But his time of 15.92 makes him the 3rd fastest underclassmen in the state in the event and ranks him 34th overall in Georgia so far this year in a event dominated by older athletes.
Jones appears to have been new to the sport last year and tried a little bit over everything. This includes running the 800 five different times. We all know short sprinters would do anything to not run the 800m, so the fact that somebody who is so fast at a short event was willing to give it a try shows just how raw he likely was.
He ran a couple of 100's and 400's but eventually found his groove last year with the 300m hurdles and even took that a step further and ended up running the 400m hurdles at USATF Georgia youth track and field championships.
This year he started out at his team's time trials with a 100, 110 hurdles, and 300 hurdles. He followed that up with what is likely the hardest triple in track and field - the 110h/300h/800 triple at Mountain View All comers. I guess he wasn't content to just be a sprinter quite yet. And then came his breakthrough. He ran a PR in the 110m hurdles of over one second to drop his time to 15.92 and win his heat on his home track on Saturday. He backed up that performance with a PR in the 300m hurdles as well in a respectable 43.48.
But make no mistake, if he continues to focus on the 110, that could be his premiere event going forward. You've gotta respect a kid who is still willing to do a few different events in the sport, but I'd love to see what happens if he makes the 110m hurdles his main focus for the next couple of years.