ASSISTANT HEAD COACH, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Reuben Jones completed his fourth year as an assistant track & field coach at Princeton University in 2019-20, specializing in the women’s hurdle, jump and sprint events for the Tigers.
In the shortened 2020 season, Jones guided 12 women to a combined 22 all-time indoor performances in nine events, including 3 indoor school records (Katie DiFrancesco ’21 – 300m, Isabella Hilditch ’22 – 60m hurdles, & 4x400m relay) and one record-tying performance (Olivia Hee ’23 – 60m). At the Indoor Heps, Princeton scored in events 60m – 400m, produced a top-3 finish in the 4x400m and secured a 2-3 finish in the pole vault.
The 2019 season saw the emergence of the hurdle events. Carly Bonnet cracked into the top two spot in school history and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary qualifier in the 400 hurdles. During the indoor season, Ellie Randolph and Isabella Hilditch ran the #1 and #2 60m hurdle performances in school history. Outdoors, Randolph went on to run the program’s second-fastest 100m hurdle time en-route to second team All-Ivy at the Outdoor Heps. She ended her career with the eighth all-time 60m hurdle performance and tenth all-time 100m hurdle performance in Ivy League history.
In the field events, Hanne Borstlap and Alexandra Munson both earned second-team All-Ivy honors, with Borstlap finishing as the runner-up at the 2019 Indoor Heptagonal Championships and Munson achieving the same feat at the outdoor meet. Borstlap also became the fifth woman in Ivy League history and the third in school history, to vault over 13’ indoors. All in all, Jones saw eleven outdoor marks and nine indoor marks fall within Princeton’s all-time top ten list in 2019.
During the 2018 season, Jones helped Christina Walter to the second fastest Princeton time ever in the 60m and 200m dashes. He saw the women’s sprinters/hurdlers/jumpers record seven indoor marks and ten outdoor marks that rank within the school’s all-time top 10.
In his first season with the Tigers, Allison Harris jumped Ivy League records in the indoor and outdoor pole vault. Harris won both the indoor and outdoor Ivy Heps pole vault titles and competed in both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Championships. He helped Ashley Willingham run a program record in the 300m dash and was a valuable contributor toward Ellie Randolph setting the second furthest indoor long jump mark in school history.
Jones came to Princeton after spreading his wings at Columbia University. During his three years in New York City, his women earned 26 All-Ivy honors in the sprints and jumps including program records in the 60m, 60m hurdles, 100m, 100m hurdles, 400m relay, 800m relay and triple jump. Nadia Eke secured top-4 finishes in the triple jump at the 2015 Indoor and Outdoor Championships while on her way to setting a national record for Ghana.
In 2013, Marvellous Iheukwumere became the first woman since 2006 to win the indoor and outdoor Ivy Heps sprint quadruple (60m, indoor 200m, 100m, outdoor 200m champion). Eke and Iheukwumere were both all-time Ivy record holders during their careers at Columbia.
Jones began his Ivy League coaching career with a two-year tenure at Brown University (2010-2012) – working with the men’s and women’s jumps and multi-events. In 2011, Brown’s Evan Weinstock and Rachel Biblo won respective outdoor Ivy Heps titles in the decathlon and triple jump. Jones saw the jump/multi-event group earn five All-Ivy honors and record 16 marks that rank within the school’s all-time top 10.
Prior to the Ivy League, Jones spent the 2009-2010 season as an assistant track & field coach at Coastal Carolina University. The Chanticleers set two Big South conference records and won five indoor as well as five outdoor Big South titles. His time at Coastal Carolina came on the heels of being a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia, from 2008-2009. In his first and only year with the Cavaliers, the men tied for first at the 2009 Outdoor ACC Championships – the first men’s team title in Virginia track history. Jones assisted with recruiting, daily workout scheduling, and managing meets.
Jones graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He still holds the second fastest 60m and 100m times in school history.