Lincoln's Jones to be inducted into Cross Country Hall of Fame
August 14, 2007
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA. - Lincoln University of Pennsylvania track and field coach Cyrus D. Jones will be inducted into the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Tuesday December 18, 2007 during the annual USTFCCCA national convention in Phoenix (Az.).
Jones has built a Division III powerhouse at Lincoln. His men's and women's teams have won 17 NCAA championships, including seven outdoor titles. The Lions won their sixth NCAA indoor title in March.
In addition to Jones, the Class of 2007 consists of Lew Hartzog (Southern Illinois), Tom Jones (Florida), Beverly Kearney (Texas), John Mitchell (Georgia), Irv Mondschein (Pennsylvania), Jim Sackett (Cal Poly Pomona) and Karl Schlademan (Michigan State).
"I am so overwhelmed by this honor," Jones said. "I felt numb when reading (the actual induction/congratulatory) letter. An honor like this is something I can't explain. I am more excited for all of the student-athletes who have run for Lincoln and for the people around me that have helped me over the years and have been my backbone."
This honor caps a memorable 2007 for Jones, who was named Mideast Region Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA and recently featured on ESPN.com. Jones also received the prestigious Bob Hayes Award from the city of Jacksonville, Fl. earlier this year. During a remarkable 33-year run as men's and women's track and field head coach, Jones, has been named Division III National Coach of the Year seven times (1985, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, & 2000).
The women have won four national titles (three outdoor & one indoor). Meanwhile, the men have dominated the Division III landscape by winning 13 national titles (seven outdoor & six indoor). Since the NCAA has conducted championships in 1974, the Lincoln men have finished in the top five during the outdoor championships an astounding 23 times. The Lincoln men also have 12 outdoor runner-up finishes to its credit, including 2006.
Also serving as the Lincoln associate athletics director, Jones was named Mid East Region Track Coach of the Year prior to this year's NCAA Indoor Championship meet (2006). Jones also served as honorary official during the 2002 Penn Relays and was recently selected as one of the top 100 sports figures in the Philadelphia region of the past 100 years by the Philadelphia Tribune.
Under Jones, Lincoln has produced over 300 All-American Athletes, including Clive Terrelonge, who was inducted into the NCAA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2005 and Rhondale Jones, who was named the most outstanding female performer of the last 25 years by the NCAA in 2006.
"This year's Hall of Fame class is a remarkable group," said Sam Seemes, CEO of the USTFCCCA. "It will be an honor for our organization to pay tribute to eight coaches who are among the giants of their profession."
The USTFCCCA Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1995 and currently houses 122 of the greatest coaching names in track & field and cross-country history. Members are chosen to the Hall of Fame based on their career accomplishments and significant contributions to the sports of track & field and cross-country.