Southridge Star Alyssa Jones Named FL Gatorade Track POY

Miami Southridge sophomore, Alyssa Jones, was named the 2019-2020 Florida girls track and field Gatorade Player of the Year.

Despite the abbreviated outdoor season, the high jump state record holder dominated the jumps scene this year earning new PRs of 1.85m in the high jump and 6.33m in the long jump with an undefeated campaign. 

Interview with Jones Post 4A High Jump State Win in 2019

It's been no secret that Jones was going to be a star after her illustrious middle school and AAU career, but her freshman year sealed the deal that she is going to have an record breaking jumps career for the state of Florida. Considering the fact that she is the best freshman jumper in both the long and high jump events over the past decade along with her improvements year-over-year in a short sophomore season, the sky is the limit for Jones.

Not to be overlooked, Jones' 200m performance also improved under the 24 second barrier with a 23.90 win at the GMAC championship before Coronavirus canceled the remainder of the season. 

Jones 23.90 200m win at GMAC Championships

The No. 7 recruit in the class of 2020 is making moves on and off the track. According to Gatorade's press release, she holds a weighted 4.50 GPA and volunteers regularly for a literacy-outreach program for preschool children in the Miami area. 

Jones joins Florida greats, Jan'Taijah Ford, Caitlin Collier, and fellow Miami Southridge alumna, Symone Mason as the recent Florida track and field Gatorade Player of the Year as she begins her junior year this fall. 

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