Lightning News

By Marty Simpkins(The Wake Weekly) 16 Aug 2018

ROLESVILLE – Isiah Jones from the Rolesville Lightning Track and Field club won three medals at the National Junior Olympics at Greensboro July 29.

The runner placed fourth in the 400-meter dash for the boys 11-12-year-old age group. He ran a time of 57.51 seconds. He won his second medal in the 200-meter dash for finishing seventh with a time of 24.82 seconds.


Jones won his third and final medal for getting eighth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.31 seconds. Athletes are named All-American for finishing in the top eight in the country.

Jones competed in eight total races and broke personal records in seven of them. This is his first year running track.

His mother, Porchia, showed her support and encouragement for her son winning three medals at the national level.

“Isiah has worked very hard during practice and outside of practice by training his body,” Porchia said. “He’s been doing pushups, sit-ups, jump roping and running to prepare himself to be a great runner. We want to give a shoutout to his track coaches and a special thank you to a teammate, Nathan Leacock for coaching and training him. We are extremely proud of Isiah’s accomplishments.”

— Marty Simpkins