NEW YORK – The Columbia cross country/track & field program has announced the promotion of Reuben Jones to associate head coach for the 2014-15 season.
Jones recently completed his second season as the Lions assistant coach working mostly with the sprints, hurdles and jumps. Over the past two seasons, the Lions have collected 11 Ivy League titles in the sprints and jumps, including four last season. Jones coached All-American Nadia Eke to three Ivy League crowns last season in the indoor and outdoor triple jump and the indoor long jump crowns. Eke finished sixth-overall in the triple jumps at the 2013 Indoor National Championships and became the first female jumper in program history to surpass the 13-meter mark.
Jones came to Morningside Heights following two seasons at Brown in Providence, R.I. He coached a pair of athletes to the U.S. Junior National Championships and two of his athletes also qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.
Prior to working at Brown, Jones assisted with the sprint, jump and hurdle events at Coastal Carolina University. In 2010, he coached two Big South Conference record setting athletes in the high jump and the 200m. Jones joined the Coastal Carolina staff after spending one season as a volunteer coach at his alma mater, the University of Virginia.
During the 2009 outdoor season, the men's track and field team won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship for the first time in program history. With Jones' assistance, four athletes earned All-ACC honors and eight qualified for the NCAA preliminary rounds. Prior to coaching, Jones was a four-time IC4A Champion for the Cavaliers. His times rank second in Virginia track and field history in the 60, 100 and 200 meters.
Also joining head coach Daniel Ireland’s staff will be assistant coach Sarana Hyatt. After spending last season at Lasalle with Ireland, Hyatt returns to Columbia after first becoming a member of the staff in 2011 as a summer assistant before her stint in Philadelphia. Hyatt will team with Jones in working with the sprinters and jumpers.
She was an accomplished collegiate pentathlete and heptathlete at Sacred Heart from 2006-11. Hyatt became one of the most dominant pentathletes/heptathletes in the Northeast. For the 2011 outdoor season, she garnered All-Northeast Conference honors in the high jump and All-New England honors in the heptathalon. In 2008, she earned All-NEC recognition in the 4x400m, 100m high hurdles and the long jump. In 2007, she was All-New England as a heptathlete and All-NEC in the 400m intermediate hurdles, the 4x100m and the 4x400m.
Hyatt received All-ECAC honors as an indoor pentathlete in 2008-09. She was All-NEC for indoor high jump, long jump, 55m high hurdles and 4x400m and All-New England for the pentathalon for three straight years (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09).
Returning for his second year as assistant coach is Benjamin Waruch. He will aid the throws, multi-events, pole vault for the Lions. Waruch came to Columbia following a standout four-year track & field career at the University of Connecticut. He served as a two-year captain for the Connecticut Track and Field Team, was one of the programs top runners in the decathlon and heptathlon events and helped lead the Huskies to a total of three Big East Championship titles.
In the decathlon, the New York state native became a seven-time first team All-Big East honoree and a seven-time first team All-East honoree. In 2013, he earned a spot to compete in the decathlon at the Pan-American Championships.
The Lions also welcome back Todd Weisse as the volunteer Director of Operations. He first began his volunteer coaching commitment for the Lions in November 2009. He served as a volunteer Assistant Coach for two years, primarily helping with distance/mid-distance. He assumed the duties of volunteer Director of Operations in 2011. Weisse brings over 10-years of coaching experience to the Columbia Lions, and is a USAT&F (United States Track and Field) Level 3 certified coach in Sprints/Hurdles; a USAT&F Level 2 certified coach in Youth Coaching; and holds a specialty certification in Sprints/Hurdles/Relays from the USTFCCCA (United States Cross Country Coaches Association; and an IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Academy Diploma in Sprints/Hurdles.