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Tia Jones will never be completely satisfied with a race, even if she breaks a national record.
That's just the competitive spirit of the Walton (GA) High School junior, who qualified for her third straight USA Junior team after winning the 100mH in 12.89 seconds at the USATF Junior Championships on Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana.
But she said she's still searching for her perfect race.
"There's always room for improvement," she said after earning her first win at a USA Junior national championship with an international qualifier on the line. "Anything is possible."
Jones probably got very close, though.
In the prelims earlier in the day, Jones said she hit hurdle 8 and then experienced an unfortunate side effect.
"I blacked out," she said. "My vision went black. I don't know how I made it to the tent, but I made it."
But after much needed hydration and recovery, Jones was back on the track and motivated to get after it.
It came down to a lean
And Jones, no stranger to the scenario, relied on her savvy to gut out a win, her first at this level.
To have the top two times in national history now?
"It means a lot," she said. "I honestly don't try to think about it a lot. I'm very humble."
In the end, Jones will let it go and move on to the next outing. She says she can always get faster.
"Today, it wasn't a perfect race," she said, "but I laid it all out on the track and let it on the line."
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Check out qualifiers for the U20 Championships below
* Note: Athletes with asterisks did not meet the qualifying standards for the U20 Championships in Finland -- the next fastest athlete with a standard in the US pool qualifies for the meet.
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TEAM USA: MEN'S U20 SQUAD
|Eric Harrison||Ohio State|
|RELAY POOL||Khance Meyers||Unattached|
|200||Eric Harrison||Ohio State|
|RELAY POOL||Elija Godwin||Georgia|
|1500||Yared Nuguse||Notre Dame|
|3KSC||Jackson Lewis*||Arizona State|
|10K||Will Merritt||Mt. St. Mary's|
|Rayvon Allen||Wichita State|
|Cole Riddle||Arizona State|
|Shot Put||Adrian Piperi||Texas|
|Discus||Gabe Oladipo||Texas A & M|
|Javelin||Taran Taylor||Wichita State|
|Gabriel Stainback*||High Point|
|100||Twanisha Terry||Southern California|
|RELAY POOL||Jayla Kirkland||Florida State|
|Cortney Jones||Florida State|
|Jayla Kirkland||Florida State|
|400||Taylor Manson||Florida State|
|RELAY POOL||Arria Minor||Unattached|
|Julia Madubuike||Texas A & M|
|800||Sammy Watson||Texas A & M|
|3K||Cailie Logue (3K)||Iowa State|
|5K||Cailie Logue*||Iowa State|
|Emily Venters||Boise State|
|Amanda Vestri||Iowa State|
|PV||Rachel Baxter||Virginia Tech|
|Shot Put||Alyssa Wilson||UCLA|
|Jillian Shippee||North Carolina|