Jean (Polk) Jones

2008 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Category: Track/Field and Coaching

Daughters: Kila Jones and Khara Brittany Jones
Son: Emory Delorean Jones

Jean was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and moved to Flint at the age of two, and grew up on Flint’s north side. She attended Jefferson and Garfield Elementary schools, Emerson Junior High and graduated from Flint Northern High School.

When Jean was in high school, girls did not compete in any type of competitive sports. As her older brothers wer playing sports for Flint Northern, Jean decided to run track for the Flint Track Club under coach Dwight Johnson.

Jean’s running events were 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash, 50-yard dash, 60-yard dash and the 440-yard run. In the Olympian and Canusa games in 1969, Jean won the 100-yard dash with a time of 11.0 flat and won the girls cross country event with a time of 6:33.

Jean attended Texas Southern University from 1971-1975 and ran track under coach Dave Bethany. She tried out for the Pan American games with times of 10.2 in the 100-yard dash and 11.2 in the 110 meters and ran on the 440 relay team.

Jean and her brother Willie both trained for the 1972 Olympic games held in Munich, Germany. Jean also had the pleasure of working with Jesse Owens twice while she was at Texas Southern University.

In 1975-1977 Jean was one of the assistant track coaches in the Houston school district and taught physical education for the Houston Independent school district. Jean also officiated over track meets, summer games and coached other sports activities for 25 years.

Jean lives in Missouri, Texas and stays active working with children in her city.