Salute to Seniors: Rayniah Jones

Before the class of 2019 makes their final farewells to high school cross country and track and field, we want to give everyone a chance to salute them one more time! FLRunners invites all seniors to tell their stories from the past four years.

Today we salute Miami Southridge senior, Rayniah Jones.

What was your most memorable race/throw/jump/vault/moment?

My most memorable moment was a recent one at NBNO 2019. My teammates and I won the 800 SMR, making us national champions. The feeling of having a gold medal, an All-American crown, a shirt, flowers, and the flag on a national level is one that is unmatched. It was also nice to represent Florida and show the country how fast Florida really is.

Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
My competition over my four years was definitely myself. My mind is a very strong force when it comes to competing, if I'm not in the right mindset then it will be reflected in my race. I started hurdling my sophomore year where I've had many different competitors, all that have pushed to me to do better, but it's not possible if I couldn't believe it myself.

What was your greatest accomplishment?
The greatest accomplishment that I have achieved would be becoming state champion twice, even though they were in different events. Becoming a state champion my junior and senior year really taught me many lessons such as patience. You cannot compare your progress to anyone else's, when your hard work pays off, you'll see it. 

If you could do it all over again what would you change about your running or field career in high school?
Honestly, if I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing. I believe everything plays out a certain way for a reason. If I had done any other events then I probably wouldn't have been as successful. I'm grateful that my events are hurdles because when I first began training at Southridge, they were not something I envisioned myself in.

What will you miss the most?
I will miss my teammates the most! I looked forward to practicing with them because they're such positive people with good energy. Traveling with them, all the jokes we made and still make, they're unforgettable, I wouldn't trade them for another group of girls. They're really what makes track my favorite sport (even though it's my only), the friends I make along the way.