Salute To Seniors: Javontis Jones - Raines High School

The 2014-2015 school year has provided some great highlights in both cross country and track across the Sunshine State. In the coming weeks many of our seniors will head out to start their college careers both athletically and academically. We wanted to salute them one more time in this special feature and say thank you for your support over the years.

What was your most memorable race/moment?

The most memorable race was when I first ran the 200m. I was scared that I might lose bad and that they would be faster then me, but i was wrong. I came out of the blocks nice and won my first 200m in my heat.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?

My biggest competition was my friend from Paxon High School. When we started the discus he would beat, me but my last year came after putting in hard and when the season started I beat him the first meet we had and felt relieved.

What was your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment was winning Gateway Conference for the first time.

If you could do it over again what would you change about your running career?

I wish I could have been injury free when the track season started. From football to track I was always hurt when the season came around.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?

The most difficult obstacle I had to overcome was to try and throw over 100ft in discus. When I hit 125 feet, I was happy with all the hard work I put in.

What will you miss most?

The thing I will miss the most is hanging out with my team during practice because in practice we had fun, but we also got the work done.

What advice you would give to younger athletes?

The advice I would give is to never quit and when you get that feeling you just need to push yourself harder.

What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?

The influence he put on us was that "you should not play all the time and need to be serious sometimes. When we get the job done and walk away with the W then we can have fun."

What are your college plans?

My college plan is to attend Methodist University in the fall and to play football and to run track.

Who would you like to say thank you to?

I would say thank you to Coach Matthew for teaching me the discus and how to throw it. I would also say thanks to Coach Bellamy for believing in me and pushing me every meet to win and to have fun.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I am truly going to miss William M. Raines track team. If I had one more year I would take it and push myself for state.

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