Texas' Jonathan Jones competes in the men's 400 meters during the NCAA outdoor track and field championships on June 7, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Report: False start leads to a futile run for Longhorn record holder Jonathan Jones

Posted July 12th, 2019


Perhaps the best run of Texas freshman Jonathan Jones’ life will not count.

FloTrack reported on Friday that Jones was one of three runners that did not realize that a false start had been called in a 400-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco. Jones reportedly kept running in one of the outside lanes after American sprinter Kahmari Montgomery was buzzed for leaving early.

According to FloTrack, Jones was hand-timed at 44.6 seconds. That would have challenged his personal-best time of 44.64 seconds.


Jones opted to not return to the starting blocks for the re-started race.

A native of Barbados, Jones was representing his country in Monaco. As a freshman at Texas, Jones earned All-American honors during the NCAA’s indoor and outdoor seasons. Jones finished fourth in the 400 meters at the NCAA’s outdoor championships in June, and his aforementioned time of 44.64 seconds was a record for both the Longhorns and the country of Barbados.

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