WJU’s Jones earns All-America status

JOPLIN, Mo.–Six months after earning All-American accolades in track and field, WJU senior Stewart Jones achieved another career milestone. He earned a second-career All-American honor, this time, as a cross country athlete. Jones competed in the 2012 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships which was hosted by Missouri Southern State University on Saturday afternoon. The Weirton, W.Va. native crossed the finish line at 30:19, which stands as the fastest 10k time in Wheeling Jesuit’s cross country history. Jones earned 35th place overall and most importantly, All-American status.

“Stew ran an exceptional race,” Head Coach Ricky Moore remarked after the race. “He ran exactly to his race plan and everything fell into place for him. His hard work and unending faith in God have propelled him into one of the best runners in the country.”

Moore continued, “Achieving All-American honors in XC is one of the hardest things to accomplish as a collegiate athlete, and I am so blessed to have been a part of his journey. I am certain he will achieve even bigger things in the future.”

The Top 40 student-athletes of 245 participants received All-American honors which equates to 3.5 percent of all NCAA Division II cross country athletes.