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tory burch nylon ella tote Baker's Elisea Jones signed a track and field scholarship with the University of Alabama-Birmingham in ceremonies on Wednesday. (Arthur L. Mack | preps@al.com) -- Baker High hurdler Elisea Jones signed a track and field scholarship with UAB during ceremonies at Baker's library on Wednesday morning.Jones is one of the top 100-meter and 300-meter hurdlers in the state and has personal bests of 15.29 seconds and 44.51. She also has a personal best of 25.68 in the 200 meters.She signed with the Blazers after considering LSU, Clemson and Tennessee."I wanted to major in a medicine field," said Jones, who plans on majoring in exercise science (sports medicine). "UAB is one of the top medical schools in the country, and the fact that it's in state and close to my dad and my mom was one of the big factors.""We're fortunate here to really have some talent and some fantastic coaches, and once in a while, you get a special lady or young man who comes through," Baker coach Charles Hickox said. "Elisea certainly fits the bill for that. She's one of those girls who hates to lose. If you want an anchor leg, then she's the one who want. She also likes a challenge, and she may fail a couple of times, but she responds well to challenges and meets her goals."Jones, who is looking at running the 100 and 400 hurdles at UAB, as well as challenge for a spot on the 4 X 100 and 4 X 400 meter relay, said that the quality of the track program was another factor in signing with the Blazers. In addition, one of her best friends, Chelsea Creighton, competes for North Texas State -- one of UAB's Conference USA opponents."Coach (Kirk) Thomas really showed a lot of interest in me during my high school career, and he really accepted me for me, and that drew me in," she said. "I'm up for the challenge, and I'm excited. I know that Chelsea is going to be a good competitor because she's a hurdler also."
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