Track & Field Youth Sports

Long Beach’s Prentice Jones Jr. Wins Three National Titles

It’s been a busy summer for nine year-old Long Beach native Prentice Jones, Jr., who recently capped a busy 2019 junior track and field season with another three national championship wins at the USA Track & Field Hershey National Junior Olympics in Sacramento.

Jones won the 400 at last weekend’s Junior Olympics with a time of 1:00.07 and ran on the Tri-City Jaguars’ national championship winning 4×100 and 4×400 relays as well.

Those three golds along with three from the AAU finals in Orlando earlier in the summer as well as his haul from previous years means that Jones has already collected eight gold medals in national meets before turning 10 years old.

Jones Jr., the son of Long Beach rapper Prentice “P-Nice” Jones, has been competing in the 9 and 10 year-old age bracket in both USATF events as well as AAU events, meaning it’s likely that his dominant 2019 will extend into 2020 since he’ll be in the same age bracket.

Mike Guardabascio
Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.
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