Liberty County Hurdler Imani Jones will be taking her leaping skills and speed to Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.
Jones had a small signing ceremony this past Saturday at her home in Hinesville.
“It is like a weight being lifted off my shoulders,” the track star said. “I’ve been wanting to go to college on a track scholarship.”
Jones said she plans on studying biology or sports medicine. She said she’s been working out to stay up to par in her hurdling and running abilities to be ready for college.
Her mom Katy Jones said Jones has always been a go-getter.
“She always tries to excel in whatever she does I am very proud of her,” mom said.
Jones grew up in a military family. Her father retired solider Ljarius Jones said they moved around a lot but his daughter always adapted.
“It feels good to see her overcome everything and achieve her dreams,” dad said. He added that his daughter was able to re-connect to some of her childhood friends when they ended up in Liberty County and she attended Liberty High School. He said military life made her strong.
“It helps her be more diverse and be around different people,” he said.
LCHS track speed coach Nathan Mims said Jones was dedicated to her sport.
“Imani Jones has always been one of the hardest working athletes that I have ever coached,” Mims said. “She ran multiple events for me and almost excelled in all of them. I am very proud of her and I know she will excel in everything she does. Her ceiling is far from being reached.”
Mom said she hopes her daughter will keep striving.
“The sky is the limit and you can do whatever you set your mind to,” she said.
Dad offered some sage advice saying, “Be open minded and look at the world differently from what you see on TV,” he said.