June 13, 2012
PITTSBURGH-Following her outstanding accomplishments during the 2012 outdoor track season, Pitt senior sprinter Cambrya Jones has been selected to represent the United States at the North American Central American Under-23 Championships (NACAC) in Guanajuato, Mexico from July 6-8.
Jones will compete in the 200-meter dash at the event, held every other year which showcases some of the best athletes from nations such as the United States, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico and Jamaica among many others.
"To be able to run for my country is a blessing and I'm excited to get out there and perform," Jones said. "As a kid, I looked up to so many athletes who wore the USA uniform and can't believe I'll be wearing that uniform too."
The Pittsburgh native and Woodland Hills High School product enjoyed a breakthrough senior season that saw her break Pitt records in both the 100 (11.28) and 200-meter dashes (22.91). She qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in both events and also as part of the 400-meter relay team.
At the Big East Outdoor Championships in May, Jones was named the Women's Most Outstanding Track performer after winning the 100 and 200-meter dash titles. She also claimed the ECAC championship in the 100-meters later that month.
Jones is the first Pitt athlete to be chosen for this meet since Julianna Reed who competed in the 400-meter hurdles in 2006. That same year, Pitt head coach Alonzo Webb worked as an assistant coach on Team USA's staff.
"This is another great step to her becoming an elite athlete," Webb said. "She's doing all the little things she needs to do to be on this level. She can't wait to put on the USA uniform and represent her country."
Before traveling to Mexico, Jones will also compete in the U.S.A. Olympic Team Trials from June 22-25 in Eugene, Ore. She will run in the 200-meter dash in an attempt to qualify for the Olympic Games this summer in London.