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Eugene C. Jones

Inducted 2002

Elgin High School Class of 1928

Biography

Eugene Jones is inducted into the Hall of Fame for track. He was a three-year letter winner and is one of only two Elgin High School athletes to win multiple state track and field championships. He won state interscholastic titles in the 880-yard run in both 1926 and 1927. Dual titles were given by the state both years, but Jones still clocked the fastest time both years. In 1926 he posted a time of 2:00.6, only .8 of a second off the state record at the time. His winning time in 1927 was 2:01.8. He also won a national title in the 880 at a national high school meet held at Soldier Field in Chicago after the 1927 prep season. He finished second two years running at the national Northwestern Interscholastic Meet. Jones, who went on to win several races as a freshman at the University of Illinois before returning to Elgin to support his family, also won three conference titles, three Kane County titles, and a district title. A two-time captain of Elgin's basketball team, he played three full seasons and half of another before graduating at the semester in 1928.