Jones, Burleson Named Vista Athletes of the Month

Swimmer Michael Jones and track and field standout Lovie Burleson of Vista Murrieta High School have been honored as the Murrieta 24/7 Athl...


Swimmer Michael Jones and track and field standout Lovie Burleson of Vista Murrieta High School have been honored as the Murrieta 24/7 Athletes of the Month, sponsored by SunPro Solar.

Jones holds school records in the 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle. He placed eighth in the 100 freestyle in the CIF postseason meet last season and is preparing for the CIF meets again next month.

"I started swimming for a club team in seventh grade," said Jones, who also swims the 200 freestyle. "I played water polo and swam my freshman year, then I got back into club swimming again my sophomore summer. That's when I really started getting better."

Jones said he considers the 50 and 100 freestyle his best events. He has received a scholarship offer from BYU and will make a decision on college after his CIF postseason competition.

Burleson posted some outstanding marks at last weekend's prestigious Arcadia Invitational track meet. She placed third in the invitational division of the long jump with a leap of 18-10, finishing only behind the reigning state champion and runner-up.

"That was really surprising, because I didn't get a rest in between," said Burleson, referring to her competition in the triple jump and long jump consecutively.

In the triple jump, she placed eighth with a leap of 38-10 1/2, her best mark of the season. This weekend, she will compete in another top-level invitational -- the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut.

Burleson signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to attend and compete at Boston University.

Each athlete received a certificate from Murrieta 24/7 and two day passes to Rock Fitness gym, courtesy of SunPro Solar. Anyone wishing to order a print copy of this article and photo may do so by emailing murrieta247info@gmail.com.

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