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Hempfield’s Jasmine Jones among YWCA of Westmoreland Sportswomen Award winners

Bob Karlovits
| Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:01 a.m
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Hempfield’s Jasmine Jones competes during Hempfield's track meet against Greensburg Salem and Latrobe on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
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Hempfield senior Jasmine Jones has an incomplete resume.

It’s missing a couple of things she hopes to collect next month.

Jones will be honored as the 2014 YWCA High School Sports Teen of the Year for individual excellence at the 20th annual YWCA of Westmoreland County Sportswomen Awards banquet Thursday at the Ramada Inn in Greensburg.

She is one of the top sprinters in the state, and she helped the girls track team to consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team titles and their first PIAA title in 2013.

She anchored the PIAA champion 400-meter relay team in 2013. She also placed third in the 200, and was sixth in the 100.

At the WPIAL meet, she placed first in the 200 and she anchored the 400 relay team to a win.

“Jasmine has versatility and a tremendous work ethic,” Hempfield track coach Ron Colland said. “She’s a team player and very competitive.

“She’s a quiet leader who leads by example. She’s a natural. She also has a calming effect on her teammates.”

Colland said the 200 and 400 are probably her best races, but he said she proved her ability when she caught and passed the girls in the PIAA 400 relay finals.

“Running the girl down showed what kind of competitor she is,” Colland said. “I expect, and she expects, bigger things this year.”

Jones said she’s being recruited by Eastern Michigan and Akron and hopes more offers come in.

“The goal is to help the team be three-time WPIAL team champions and two-time PIAA champions,” Jones said. “I’d also like to return home with a couple gold medals this season.”

Jones holds the school record in the 100 and the 400 relay with Bridget Guy, Maddie Holmberg and Lauren George.

She also played basketball in 2013 and ran indoor track.

Jones has qualified for the state meet three consecutive seasons. She has made it in the 200 all three years, in the 100 in 2012 and 2013 and the 400 relay in 2012 and 2013.

In 2012, she finished fourth in the 200, and the relay team placed sixth.

She also placed second in the 200 in the WPIAL meet in 2012 and 2011. The 400 relay team has won two consecutive WPIAL titles.

Jones is one of seven individuals who will be honored at the banquet, which also will include recognition of three teams, a runner, a coach and a health and fitness organization.

Jennifer Cairns, executive director of the Sarah Heinz House and former Pittsburgh Passion football player, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets are available for $20 for students and $32 for adults at the YWCA of Westmoreland County or by calling 724-834-9390.

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at pschofield@tribweb.com or via Twitter @Schofield_Trib.

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