Leonard Jones, University of St. Thomas: NCAA DIII Athlete Hall of Fame, Class of 2012

Jones is the all-time Division III indoor leader in individual NCAA Championship titles, having won seven in jumping events. He won an NCAA record three national crowns at the 1994 national indoor championships with winning performances in the high, long, and triple jumps. All told, Jones won nine total NCAA crowns, tied for most among any male Division III athlete in any sport. Outdoors, Jones won back-to-back long jump titles in 1992 and 1993. Indoors, Jones was the long jump’s best man in 1991, 1992, and 1994. With 19 USTFCCCA All-America nods, Jones is tied for the most such honors among all Division III men all-time. Also during his collegiate career, he set four MIAC Championship records. Jones was a three-sport athlete at St. Thomas where he also played football and basketball. He was discovered as a possible jumping prospect after showing stellar dunking skills on the basketball court. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Jones qualified for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in the long jump.