Travis Watkins and Nicole Laduca named Mr./Mrs. Pirate
Pirates Excel in Final Tuneup Before AAC Outdoor Championships
Meet Serves As Last Tuneup Before AAC Outdoor Championships
Senior Helped Lead East Carolina To Bill Carson Invitational Team Title
Pirate Women Fall Less Than One Point Shy Of Meet Record Team Score
2014-15: Earned First Team All-America selection for the second time in his career at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships after placing third in the high jump with a school-record mark of 2.25-meters (7’ 4.5”)…Won the American Athletic Conference Championship individual medal in the men’s high jump with a mark of 2.15-meters (7’ 0.5”)…Earned a First Team All-America selection after placing seventh in the NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 2.20-meters (7’ 2.5”)…Collected American Athletic Conference Outdoor Male Athlete of the Week honors (4/14/15) after posting a then-season-best clearance of 2.20-meters (7’ 2.5”) at the Bill Carson Invitational…Named American Athletic Conference Indoor Male Field Athlete of the Week (12/16/14) for his performance at the Christopher Newport Holiday Open where he won the high jump with a clearance of 2.18-meters (7’ 1.75”) en route to ranking second in the nation…Three-time American Athletic Conference Indoor Male Athlete of the Week selection.
2013-14: Placed ninth at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the men’s high jump with a clearance of 2.15-meters (7’ 0.25”)…Named Conference USA Male Athlete of the Week (2/18/14) after setting the ECU school record in the men’s high jump at the JDL Fast Track Invitational with a mark of 2.19-meters (7’ 2.25”) to win the event.
2012-13: Competed at Virginia Military Institute where he became one of the top high jumpers in VMI history entering the program's top-10 with a 2.13-meter (6-11.75) effort at the YSU Invitational...Won the first five meets of his career, including two wins over then-defending conference champion Kyle Wheeler of Liberty...Had VMI's longest triple jump of the year at the YSU Invitational with a mark of 14.17-meters (46-06.00)...Qualified for the IC4A Indoor meet...Had a lifetime best 2.15-meter (7-00.50) clearance to win the Big South Outdoor meet...Competed at the IC4A Outdoor Championships.
High School: Competed at First Colonial High School...Finished fourth in the high jump at the indoor state meet...Ranked second in the outdoor high jump in the state...Won the 2012 Virginia AAA State Championship in the high jump.
Personal: Born Avion Jones on January 31, 1994 in Virginia Beach, Va...Son of Alicia Jones...Majoring in sports management.