Jennings signs to Austin Peay, carries family legacy at Jeff Co.

The Jennings family is well known for their athletics at Jefferson County High School and Jewel Jennings is the next one up.

Whenever you walk into Jefferson County High School, you will see a showcase of standout athletes that have attended the school, along with broken records, state championships and more. Looking around and one last name stands out as it is carried by many of those athletes, the last name “Jennings.”

Now, Jewel Jennings will join that showcase of athletes for her incredible performance in track and field events once she graduates.

“It feels good to be recognized and for my family to be proud,” Jennings said.

She still has her senior left but her choice of college was easy as she signed to Austin Peay State University located in Clarksville, Tenn. on Monday, Jan. 18.

“I chose Austin Peay because of coach Valerie Brown,” Jennings said. “I like what the school is about and they have a great track and field program. Brown has sent others to the Olympics and I hope I can get to that point working with her. That’s what I’m excited for.”

Jennings has competed in relays, sprints, dashes and jumps. She plans to do the same at Austin Peay State University.

Of course, a lot of work has been put in to get to this point and there is still work to be done as she continues her academics and athletics career at the collegiate level.

“I have worked hard,” Jennings said. “I kept seeing improvement and it helped me keep pushing.

“I always knew this was what I wanted to do watching my brother and sister. I used to always run with them when I was little. I have always been around track and field.”

One thing is certain, though. Jewel has carried the last name Jennings with pride and will do so for years to come.