Event: High Jump
PR: 2.36 meters/7-8.75 (2008)
High School: La Vernia (Texas) HS ‘04
College: Nebraska ‘08
Coach: Gary Pepin
Career Highlights: 6th at 2008 Olympic Trials; 2008 NCAA Outdoor runner-up; 2008 NCAA Indoor champion; 2005 USA Junior champion; 2005 Pan Am Junior champ; 2008 NCAA Indoor champion; 2008 Big 12 champion
A rising star on the U.S. track and field scene, recent University of Nebraska graduate Dusty Jonas has had a dream outdoor season in 2008 in posting the second highest outdoor clearance in the world this year (as of July 16), winning the NCAA Outdoor Championship and placing third at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials - Track & Field, with his next stop being Beijing, China and the Olympic Games, and the Olympic Games. Jonas tied for sixth-place at the Olympic Trials, but was entered into a jump-off for the third Beijing roster spot because he held the Olympic "A" qualifying standard. Jonas won a jump-off with Scott Sellers to secure a roster spot for the Olympic Games. "It was one of those things where it was do or die," he said after the competition. "I don't know what I was thinking really. I am just really lucky. I figured if I didn't, Scott [Sellers] is a great jumper so I better. I better clear this." Earlier this year at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships Jonas posted a monster personal best on May 18 with his clearance of 2.36m/7-8.75, which is a new University of Nebraska school record, Big 12 Championship meet record and Big 12 Conference record. A seven-time All-American while at Nebraska, Jonas came to Nebraska as one of the best young high jump prospects in the United States... won the 2003 AAU National Junior Olympic Games in Ypsilanti, Mich., with a spectacular meet-record high jump of 7-3... the mark tied for fourth on the Texas prep all-time charts with, among others, former Husker Shaun Kologinczak... finished runner-up in the Texas Class 3A state meet high jump in 2003 (6-10) and 2002 (6-11)... fourth as a sophomore in the 2001 Texas Class 3A high jump... 2004 Texas Relays high school high jump champion (6-11)... runner-up in 2003 with a 7-0 jump... 2004 AAU National Junior Olympic Games high jump champion, and was second in the triple jump with a career-best mark of 49-0.
2008: 6th at Olympic Trials (2.24m/7-4.25)...NCAA Indoor champion (2.31m/7-7)...NCAA Outdoor runner-up (2.26m/7-5)
2007: Tied for 3rd at NCAA Indoors (2.25m/7-4.50)...tied for 6th at NCAA Outdoors (2.20m/7-2.50)...3rd at Big 12 Indoors (2.18m/7-1.75)...no-height at USA Outdoors...best of 2.27m/7-5.25.
2006: 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (2.23m/7-3.75)...5th at NCAA Indoors (2.23m/7-3.75)...3rd at Big 12 Outdoors (2.20m/7-2.50)...4th at Big 12 Indoors (2.24m/7-4.25)...5th at NACAC (2.14m/7-0.25)...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2.28m/7-5.75.
2005: USA Junior champion (2.24m/7-4.25)...2nd at NCAA Outdoors (2.23m/7-3.75)...2nd at NCAA Indoors (2.23m/7-3.75)...4th at Big West Outdoors (2.19m/7-2.25)...5th at Big West Indoors (2.15m/7-0.50)ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2.24m/7-4.25.
2004: Best of 2.13m/7-0.
2003: 4th at Golden West Invite...best of 2.16m/7-1