SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Junior Mason Jones has received an individual bid to the NCAA Division II National Championships, set for Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California after his third place finish at the South Region Championships.
"Mason demonstrated that he's an elite distance runner, capable of running with the best athletes in the country," head coach Matt Levassiur said. "He's gone toe to toe with some of the runners in the country and gotten better with each race."
Jones earned his third-straight All-Region Honors as he finished third, crossing the line in 32:22.3 (10K). His run was good enough to enter the record books as the ninth best time in an NCAA Regional Meet for the Moccasins. His third place finish is the highest for any Moccasin since Bobby Ormsby also came in third at the 2014 regional championship.
He earned his third-straight All-SSC First Team Selection after his second place finish at the 2019 SSC Championships in a time of 25:35.4 (8K). Jones led the Moccasins in every race this season finishing all six races in the top 15, four of which were in the top 10.
Jones highlighted his season by capturing the 8K school record with a blistering 24:14.5 run at the Royals Cross Country Challenge on Oct. 11. Jones, who formerly held the third fastest 8K time in school history (24:36 at the Queens City Invitational on Sept. 28, 2018), moves above Bobby Ormsby's 2016 time of 24:28.91 and Ben Martucci's 2010 time of 24:26.43. This is his first school record in cross country and his second overall (Track: 10,000 meter run).
"If Mason were a boxer, his head-to-head, win-to-lose record this season would be 1343-41," Levassiur said. "He'll look to be our program's first individual All-American."
This year's national championships will be held Nov. 23 in Sacramento, California, at Arcade Creek Cross Country Course (at Haggin Oaks). California State University, Sacramento and the Sacramento Sports Commission will serve as hosts. The men's race will begin at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.
A live web stream of the championships will occur on FloTrack from 1 p.m. Eastern time until the conclusion of the awards ceremony on Saturday, November 23. FloTrack Pro subscribers will have access to the NCAA cross country coverage. Those seeking access can become a FloTrack Pro subscriber for a monthly price of $29.99 or an annual price of $149.99. A subscription includes access to all FloTrack live broadcasts, video on-demand from all events, documentaries, technique videos and more, as well as premium content across the entire FloSports network. To access the direct link for the Division II Cross Country Championships please click here.