Catching up with Brett Jones before Championship Season

"I would love to leave this year with a school record in both javelin and discus but ultimately I want to get as many points as I can for the team. I just want to contribute to the team points in hopes we can defend our State Championship." - Brett Jones

South Carolina 2023 girls track and field rankings 

For Florida Relays, what does it mean to travel to a different state and still place first? How was the entire experience? 

It was a lot of fun. I have competed against Florida girls every year during summer track. I have friends in many states because of Track and Field. I love to compete at new places and see different environments but knowing I would know people there made it much that much more exciting. It was fun to see those that I only see at meets. It was surreal competing at UofF. I can only hope I get to compete at many college facilities in the future.

How did it feel to PR at Coaches Classic regional?

The Coaches Classic was such a great meet. I focused my training on The Coaches Classic and Florida Relays because they are the only times I get to compete on a run way. The environment was so great. I have competed with many of the girls that were there since we were 8. We were so supportive and had great energy. It was fun to really cheer on each other and show our love for the event.

Any interesting hobbies out of track and field?

I love to just hang with friends, go to the beach and surf. Being a part of sports and supporting the events at my school is also important. I am not sure there is anything better than cheering on your school teams throughout the year.

What does it mean to be to be one of the ranked athletes in the state?

It is great that I am ranked one of the top in the state but the best part about track is that it is not always about the rankings or the competition. You are your own competitor. Regardless of your ranking you are always just competing against yourself. If you are first, second, 10th or 100th in the state it is all about beating your last mark (chasing the PRs) and making yourself better.

What is your ultimate goal for this season as you near the SCISA Championships?

I would love to leave this year with a school record in both javelin and discus but ultimately I want to get as many points as I can for the team. I just want to contribute to the team points in hopes we can defend our State Championship.

What steps are taken to be in the position you are in now?

To be good at any sport you really do have to train and practice. I am lucky that I have good teachers, coaches, parents, and people around to help guide me. I am in a great environment where I am growing daily personally and athletically. I still have to take responsibility for me and my actions but I know I will be supported and corrected if needed.

Do you have goals to compete and college, and how do you look at after college?

Yes, I hope I am lucky enough to compete in college. I am starting to really think about what a perfect college is for me. I have started looking at all the options but it can be a bit overwhelming. After college, we will see what happens. I am hoping I can get a great education while continuing to grow as an athlete. Ultimately I would love to have a post collegiate career but we will see where this adventure leads me.

What started your passion for javelin?

I have thrown since I can remember. My parents meet in college on the track team. They were both throwers, they also coached when I was very young so i have been around the track since I can remember. I started competing when I was seven years old and we have traveled to track meets in many different states. It was fun to not only get to compete in these meets but meet new people and see new places. Javelin/Throwing is a Family thing for us. We all enjoy doing it so it never hurts to have a little family time as well.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Well in 10 years I will be 26 years old. I am hoping I have a college degree, maybe a few college team championships. I hope that I am still competing and successful in life no matter in track or another career.

What do you think about the sport in South Carolina and its growth? Where do you see it going and how?

Javelin is a new sport in S.C. so it has a lot of growing to do. I imagine it will continue to grow. I truly hope to see the throwing facilities getting better. I would love for there to be more real runways since we compete on grass runways for all of our meets is a little tough.