March 1, 1999
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue athletes Carri
Long and Isaac Jones have been nominated for the
1999 NCAA Sportsperson of the Year. The annual
award is presented to student-athletes who have
demonstrated respect, fairness, civility, honesty
and responsibility among athletes, coaches and
officials during the spring and fall seasons. The
finalists will be selected in late April.
Both Long, a junior, and Jones, a December
graduate, were nominated by their coaches and
selected to represent Purdue by the athletic
administration. Commitment to their sportand the
community were important in their selection.
Long was able to demonstrate her sportsmanship
last season at the Butler Last Chance Meet. She
had not yet qualified for the NCAA Indoor
Championships in the high jump. On her second of
three attempts an official mistakenly credited her
with a passing jump she had not made. No one
contested the official or the mark. The height she
had been credited with was good enough to qualify
her for the national championship meet the next
weekend. On her own, Long went to the official and
corrected the error, thereby making her final
attempt her last chance to make it into the
postseason meet. She was able to clear the height
on the third attempt and compete at the national
Long is also active in the community. This season
she is the team captain in charge of service
projects. She is responsible for the planning and
organization of the Girl Scout Track and Field
Clinic, a program designed to introduce young
girls to the sport and assist them with technique.
Last year's program involved over 150 Girl Scouts.
She was also the team leader in the 1998 Lafayette
Heart Walk encouraging 25 other track athletes to
join her. She participated in the NCAA Youth
Education through Sports (YES) clinic at the 1998
national championships in Buffalo, N.Y., where she
spoke to the group and worked individually with
the high jumpers.
She also works in the community outside of Purdue.
She is an accomplished horse rider and volunteers
her time for C.H.A.P.S., a program "providing
therapeutic benefits through horseback riding to
individuals with disabilities in Tippecanoe and
surrounding counties." She is active in the 4-H
Horse and Pony program, donating her time to help
4-H participants prepare for fairs and shows.
During the summer she is a volunteer coach with
her hometown track and field team.
Jones, a member of the 1998 Alamo Bowl champion
Purdue football team, is the spokesman for Gentle
Giants, a program designed to help local school
children with their reading skills. He has also
been a featured speaker for many organizations
such as the Tippecanoe County Volunteer Bureau,
YMCA conferences, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. During
the holiday season, Isaac made several visits to
hospitals to spend time with children and the
elderly. He was responsible for coordinating the
Purdue athlete's food drive for the football team
and won the Greater Lafayette Area Kiwanis Club's
Citizenship Award last year.
Jones was Purdue's leading receiver this past
season. His 83 receptions rank second on the
all-time Purdue's single season list. He was
named team captain and was voted Honorable
Mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the
media this past season. Jones ended his career at
Purdue ranked ninth in total receiving yardsand
fourth in career receptions.