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Jones, Waters Set to Compete at USATF Outdoor Championships

July 25, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Darrel Jones (left) and Carson Waters

Darrel Jones (left) and Carson Waters

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Liberty alumni Darrel Jones (men's triple jump) and Carson Waters (men's pole vault) will compete in the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships, which run from today through Sunday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jones will triple jump Friday at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, while Waters will pole vault Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

The USATF Outdoor Championships will determine Team USA's representatives at the 2019 IAAF World Championships (Sept. 27-Oct. 6 in Doha, Qatar) and the 2019 Europe vs. USA Match (Sept. 9-10 in Minsk, Belarus).

How to Follow the Darrel and Carson
The best way to watch the men's triple jump and pole vault competitions will be via a paid subscription to NBC Sports Gold.

Some of the men's triple jump may appear on NBCSN between 7-9 p.m. Eastern on Friday, while some of the men's pole vault competition may be aired on NBC between 4-6 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

Live results will also be available throughout the meet.

Weather Report
The high temperature in Des Moines is expected to approach 90 degrees on both Friday and Saturday, with a chance of thunderstorms on Saturday.

Jumping with Jones
Jones, who graduated from Liberty in 2018 and is currently serving as the track & field/cross country program's graduate assistant, is becoming a regular at USATF Championship events. Friday will mark Jones' fourth consecutive appearance in a USATF Championship men's triple jump competition, including the indoor and outdoor events. Jones' previous appearances include:

2018 USATF Indoor Championships (Albuquerque, N.M.) – 9th place, 51-0 (Liberty indoor record)

2018 USATF Outdoor Championships (Des Moines, Iowa) – 14th place, 50-10.75

2019 USATF Indoor Championships (Staten Island, N.Y.) – 6th place, 50-11

A native of Monroe, N.Y., Jones claimed his berth in this weekend's meet with a breakthrough performance at the World University Games in Naples, Italy, earlier this month. Jones added more than a foot to his personal best with a Liberty alumni-record 53-1.5 effort during the prelims before placing 11th in the final for the USA Team.

Jones was a four-time Big South Conference men's triple jump champion during his time competing for Liberty. He capped off his collegiate career by triple jumping at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Christian Taylor has already qualified for the IAAF World Championships by virtue of being the defending world champion. He will be joined in Doha by Friday's top three finishers who have hit the qualifying standard of 55-7.5.

What's Up with Waters?
Waters, who has flourished during his first year of post-collegiate pole vaulting, will make his USATF Outdoor Championships debut on Saturday. He previously competed at the 2019 USATF Indoor Championships in February but failed to clear the opening height of 17-9.

Waters cleared a Liberty alumni-record 18-5.5 at the LSU Battle on the Bayou on April 6, adding a foot to his collegiate best (17-5). Most recently, he finished fourth in the World University Games men's pole vault competition, earlier this month in Naples, Italy.

A native of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., Waters captured four Big South men's pole vault titles, including a sweep of the indoor and outdoor crowns during his senior season (2018).

Defending world champion Sam Kendricks has already punched his ticket to the IAAF World Championships. He will be joined in Doha by Saturday's top three pole vaulters who have hit the qualifying standard of 18-8.75. The opening height in Des Moines will be 17-11, which Waters has cleared twice previously.

Up Next
Senior All-American Alejandro Perlaza Zapata will represent Colombia at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Track & field events will run from Aug. 6-10 at the Athletics Stadium.