Hempfield grad Jasmine Jones invited to bobsled team tryout
Former Hempfield and Eastern Michigan sprinter Jasmine Jones is putting her speed on display in a different sport this week.
Jones, a recent EMU graduate, was invited to take part in the USA Bobsled and Skeleton rookie camp at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The event is a tryout for the U.S. Olympic bobsled team. She knew the tryout was a possibility after a recruiter reached out to one of her coaches in June, so that was when she began training.
The sport is as new to Jones and she is to it.
“The most I knew about the sport was (the movie) ‘Cool Runnings,’ honestly,” Jones said with a laugh. “But what has impressed me most was the motions of bobsled and how they correlate to being on the track -- same low heel recovery and the same angles you need to be able to push a sled.”
An All-American sprinter, Jones was an All-Mid-American Conference first-team pick after leading the Eagles’ 400-meter relay to a conference title last outdoor season.
During the indoor season she earned first-team All-America honors as she helped lead the distance medley relay to a seven-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She won the 200- and 400-meter dashes at the MAC Championships.
She was a member of Hempfield’s PIAA-winning 400-meter relay as a junior and senior.
Jones said the athletes who advance from the tryouts go to veterans camp in late September, which precedes the team trials.
“I am excited about the experience,” Jones said. “I enjoy learning new things and new methods. I do feel like I sit beside strong competitors but I’m also just as competitive and strong and I believe I have a chance.”