After two years at Brown University, coaching the jumpers and multi-eventers, Reuben Jones is moving to New York City as an assistant coach with the Columbia Lions. He fills the opening left by Gavin O’Neal’s recent departure to Miami University in Ohio.
Jones guided Brown’s Evan Weinstock to the 2011 Heps decathlon title and Rachel Biblo and Gabriela Baiter to a 1-2 Heps finish in the triple jump. He also guided a pair of current Bears — Peter Rhodes (decathlon) and Jonathan Padmore (triple) — to the U.S. Junior Nationals.
In Morningside Heights, Jones will be looking at an impressive women’s sprint, hurdle and jump group — the primary force behind the Lions’ 2012 Indoor Heps Championship. But a challenge awaits for the men. Since 1960, only one Columbia male has claimed a League championships in a field event. Charles Allen won back-to-back Indoor Heps high jumps in 1977 and 1978.
Columbia had been without a sprinting or hurdling title in just as long until Erison Hurtault dipped down for a 2007 title in the 200m and Stefan Vutescu claimed the 60m and 100m in 2009.
Columbia’s power has been at the middle-distance and distance events. The Lions are currently ranked 17th nationally in cross country.
Jones — a sprint standout for the Virginia Cavaliers — was a volunteer assistant for his alma mater’s first ACC Championship in 2009 and served as a sprints, jumps and hurdles coach at Coastal Carolina before heading to Brown.
Yesterday the FloRatings were released and former Dartmouth teammates Alexi Pappas and Abbey D’Agostino were ranked 1-2 nationally. Now comes the update for the 2012 FloAwards and D’Ag is the unanimous favorite to win the national title and Pappas, now at Oregon, is picked as the darkhorse.
Fellow sub-4 miler and Real Maine co-star Riley Masters had some interesting things to say about Columbia grad and Texas grad student Kyle Merber. Take a look at the interview — which was conducted on the run — on Flotrack.
Morgan Uceny stopped for five questions on competitor.com and, of course, much of the chat centered on the unfortunate fall in the Olympic 1,500m final. That came on the heels of a fall in the final at the 2011 World Champs. Uceny said that she knows “that I’m not going to let these incidents define my career.”
Kyle Cooke tweeted a link to a story from the new Columbia Spectator digital archives about the Lions’ first Heps Cross Country Championship back in 1979.