Patrice Jones after receiving her 5th Place National Medal for the Midget Girls 400m dash with a time of .59.52 at the AAU National Junior Olympics in Ypsilanti, MI on July 29th. Patrice is pictured with Head Coach Angelo Brown of the IL Elite TC on her right and Coach Dad, DuWayne Jones on her Left. She was the only track athlete from the Rock River Valley area to receive a National Medal and rank in the top 8 of the country. Patrice concludes her Track and Field 2008 summer season with a National ranking of 5th in the country. To be recognized as All American in your event on the National Elite Youth Ranking System, you must end the year with a verified performance in your event placing you in the top 20 performers for the year nationally, therefore, considering both USATF and AAU rankings in the Midget Girls 400m, Patrice will conclude the season in the 8th place position in the country overall. Patrice is also listed on the the National EliteYouth Ranking System Honor Roll for the 200m dash (79) and the Long Jump which she placed 9th overall at the JOs. To make the National Elite Youth Ranking System Honor Roll, you must end the year with a verified performance in your event placing you in the top 100 performers for the year nationally.
DuWyane Patriq Jones, Patrice's younger brother, qualified for the Bantam Boys 200m Semi finals with a time of .27.74 seconds, his best time of the season. Patriq concludes the JOs with a national placement of 12th overall, only the top 8 make the medal stand, but his performance places him on the National Elite Honor Roll as well for the Bantam Boys Divsion for the 200m dash.
Both kids had a phenominal season with the support of their Parents DuWayne Jay Jones (Coach Dad) and mother Monique J. Jones (family coordinator) they brought home 5 national medals collectively, Patrice landed 6 regional titles, and Patriq was part of the AAU Region 6b Title winning 4x400 Bantam Boys Relay team that qualified him, along with his 200m dash, to participate in the AAU National Junior Olympics for the first time after three long years of watching his big sister compete. The kids are associated with the Illinois Elite Youth Track Club based out of Matteson, IL, but receive tremedous support from the Harlem District and community.