2000 ACC Outdoor Champion and indoor school record-holder in the high jump … 2000 Olympic Trials Finalist … 2000 ECAC Indoor Champion … NCAA qualifier for both indoor and outdoor seasons … earned All-ACC and All-East honors.
As a Junior: Won the ACC Outdoor Championship in the high jump with a leap of 6-0, the best of her career to that point … later improved that mark in finishing first at the Florida State Twilight Meet with a jump of 6-0 1/2 … finished first at the ECAC Indoor Championships … won the Maryland Invitational and the Terrapin Invitational with jumps of 5-10 1/2 and 5-11 1/4, respectively … placed second at the Georgia Invitational … finished second at the ECAC Outdoor Championships, garnering All-East honors … finalist at the 2000 Olympic Trials.
On Jones: 1999 All-ACC selection in the high jump … 1999 ECAC qualifier for both the indoor and outdoor seasons … finished eighth at the indoor ECAC's and fifth at the outdoor ECAC's in the high jump.
As a Sophomore: Premier high-jumper on roster, recording four victories during the indoor season and three during the outdoor season … had career-high and team-high jump of 5-8 ľ in taking second place at the ACC Outdoor Championships … jump of 5-8 at ACC Indoor Championships was good for third place … also had three second-place finishes and two third-place finishes.
As a Freshman: Finished fifth in the high jump at the ACC Indoor Championships with a jump of 5-5 … finished first in the high jump at the Terrapin Invitational with a jump of 5-3 … finished first in the high jump at the Delaware Invitational with a jump of 5-3 3/4 … personal best of 5-5 1/4 was recorded at the George Mason Invitational.
Before Maryland: Prepped at Sherwood High in Olney where she was a state high jump champion in 1997 … three-year letterwinner in track and volleyball … averaged nine kills in volleyball as a senior, and guided her team to the state finals as a junior … three-time county and regional high jump champion … finished fifth in state meet as a sophomore before winning state crown as a junior and senior … was undefeated as a senior … personal best was 5-8.
Personal: Vanessa Loretta Jones … born Dec. 29, 1979 … daughter of Lynette and Nyron Jones…state champion in high jump in 1997…member of National Honor Society in high school.
Career Bests High Jump (indoor) 5-11 1/2 ECAC Championships, 2000
High Jump (outdoor) 6-0 1/2 Seminole Twilight Meet, 2000 Championships, 1999