Maryland Track – Kameron Jones '16
Former Knight Kameron Jones continues to tear up the track at the University of Maryland. Unlike most turtles, these Terrapins are fast, and Kameron is leading the pack. This year, he has broken two Maryland indoor track records and came close to nailing a third.
Featured on Maryland’s athletics website, he got strong billing for his 400-meter time of 47.43, breaking a Maryland record held since 1981. In the web piece, he commented, “Breaking a 37-year-old record isn’t something I take lightly. It was definitely a moment I’ll remember forever. In the moment it was a surprise because it was the first meet of the season, but I could tell from my training that something big was coming.”
As the season has transpired, Kameron moved out of his comfort zone to the 600-meter. In his first flight in the 600 at Nebraska, he broke the school record and proceeded to break it again at the Spire Invitational in Ohio. His time of 1:16.76 ranks fourth in the NCAA and third in the Big Ten for the indoor season. At the Penn State National Invitational he sparkled in the 500-meter with a 1:02.71 time, putting him second in the Terrapins record book, just .41 off the record.
He also went out of his way to credit one of his Bishop’s track coaches for some of his success. In the article he notes that “mental training tactics from his high school coach, David Silva” have played a big part. Kameron recounted, “His motto was ‘It hurts to be a winner.’” As those of you who race competitively know, track is as much a race against yourself as it is the runners in your heat. Kameron concludes, “(it) is a mentally taxing sport and even to this day when I’m struggling through a tough workout I still whisper the words ‘it hurts to be a winner.’” Nice work, Coach Silva and go get ‘em, Kam!
More details about his season can be found here and here.
Texas Women’s Basketball – Destiny Littleton '17
How many Bishop’s grads get to take part in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Sweet Sixteen? The answer is one: Knight extraordinaire, Destiny Littleton. In her freshman year with the Longhorns, she has gotten to see action at the highest levels of NCAA play.
The team defeated Arizona State, 85-65, to earn a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. In what started as a close game in the first half - Texas only led by five at the break - ended as a dam break with the Longhorns adding 15 more points to their margin. While Destiny did not get to play in this game, she can be seen joyously coming off the bench to support her team. Check out the Longhorns’ recap of the game here.
Texas will head to Kansas City to face third-seeded UCLA at 8:30 p.m. CT on Friday, March 23 in the Sweet Sixteen. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 or on TexasSports.com/audio. Hook ‘em horns, Destiny!