Going into the Class A State Track and Field Championships in Lexington, the junior was the top seed in the high jump after winning the region meet the previous week with a height of 6-feet, 6-inches.
That height, which equaled a jump earlier in the month at Hopkinsville, was a new school record.
With the starting height at the state meet set at 5-feet, 6-inches, Jones should have had no problem making the height.
Until he missed the jump.
Jones rebounded and won the event with a height of 6-feet, 4-inches.
The next day, he edged teammate Scotty Mayes to win the long jump, helping propel Trigg County to a second place finish in the Class A event.
Jones is the first male athlete at TCHS to win both the high jump and long jump and may have become the first Wildcat to win two field events at the state level in the same year.
But it didn’t look good early, especially after Jones clanged the bar on his very first attempt.
"I couldn’t believe it, but I knew I didn’t warm up the way I should have. I wasn’t loose," he said.
The high jump was one of seven field events that kicked off the first day of the state meet Friday. Overnight rain left the weather conditions breezy and overcast, which didn’t help Jones get loose any quicker.
"I got warmed up as it went on and felt fine at the end," Jones said.
He watched as four jumpers failed to make six feet and three more missed at 6-2, causing Jones to wait for each jumper to complete their three attempts.
Already the owner of the school record in the high jump, Jones has his sights set on another lofty accomplishment.
"I’d like to go seven feet," he said.
If he were to pull it off, Jones would own the state record in the high jump regardless of class.
J.B. Brown of Fort Knox owns the Class A record of 6-feet, 10-and-a-quarter inches set in 1984. Trinity’s Matt Reecer set the state record at 6’11.25 in 1997.
"I have to get stronger in my legs and hit the weights hard, but I think I can do it," Jones said.
After accomplishing several firsts this year, who knows what firsts may lie ahead for Jones during his senior year.