Dani Jones, Colorado: 2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Track Athlete of the Year

Dani Jones of Colorado was named the National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year for the 2020 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field season by the USTFCCCA.

This is the first time that an athlete from Colorado has earned this honor since Jenny Barringer in 2009.

Jones showed incredible range as she recorded current all-time top-10 marks in both the mile and 5000, something to which no other woman in collegiate history can lay claim. She went 4:27.88 in the Wanamaker Women’s Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games to become the sixth fastest performer in collegiate history and then clocked a 15:17.11 in the 5000 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational less than one week later to become the ninth fastest collegian all-time.

The senior from Phoenix, Arizona, also notched the nation’s fourth quickest 800 at 2:04.38 earlier in the season and was slated to attempt the difficult 800-mile double at the NCAA Championships.