Year: Sophomore
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: The Bishop's School



2017 Outdoor: Competed at eight events…member of 1st place 4x400m relay team (3:21.17) and took 2nd place in the 800m (1:55.68) at the Maryland Invitational (3/18)…4x400m relay team finished 1st (3:13.72) and took 7th in the 400m (48.45) during the UNF Spring Break Invitational (3/24)…finished 11th in 800m (1:56.07) and took 2nd place in 4x400m relay (3:12.73) at the Virginia Quad (4/8)…4x400m relay finished 7th (3:21.02) and took 10th place in the 400m (48.44) at the Virginia Challenge (4/21-22)…captured 2nd place in the 400H (54.07) at the Kehoe Twilight Meet (5/5)…4x400m relay finished 7th (3:12.06) and finished 25th in the prelims of the 400m (49.52) during the Big Ten Championships (5/12-14).

2017 Indoor: Competed at six events…4x400m relay team finished 4th (3:19.46) and placed 1st in the 500m (1:04.33) at the Wagner Invitational (1/6)…finished 4th in the 4x400m relay (3:17.20) and in the 400m (49.20) at the Nittany Lion Challenge (1/14)…finished in 8th in the 800m (1:57.93) during the Terrapin Invitational (1/21)…4x400m relay team took 4th place (3:15.23) and won the 500m (1:03.98) at the Penn State National (1/27-28)…had a top 10 finish in the 4x400m relay team (3:16.76) at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (2/3-4)…took 5th place in the 600m (1:19.46) at the SPIRE NCAA D1 Indoor Track Meet (2/10-11).

Before Maryland: Ran track and played football at The Bishop’s School…named Coastal League Track Athlete of the Year in 2016…two-time CIF San Diego Section Division II Champion (2015, 2016)…five-time Coastal League Champion in the 400m twice, 200m, 4x100 and the 4x400…lists personal bests as 200m- 22.35, 400m- 48.45 and 800m- 1:56.52...named AAU All-American in the 800m in 2015…AAU Region 23 Champion (400-800) in 2015, 2016.

Personal: Son of Harry and Patricia Grooms-Jones…majoring in government and politics…sports hero is Allyson Felix…favorite pregame meal is waffles…lists biggest sports thrill as winning a CIF Championship…was also recruited by Portland State, Alabama State and Cal Poly Pomona…came to Maryland because of the resources. 

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