It was just 0.04 of a second that separated Woodland Hills senior Tyrell Jones from a victory in the 100-meter dash at last year's WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships.
Former Gateway star Aaron Barlow, the heavy favorite to win the WPIAL title, edged him out with a time of 10.88 against Jones' 10.92.
That moment hasn't left his memory and he's been motivated ever since.
"Since that moment, I knew that I had a lot of work to do," Jones said. "It was a moment in which I felt the pain of defeat and, from then on, I was going to work harder than everyone out there."
He went on to place fifth at the PIAA Class AAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University in the 100-meter dash. Jones also landed a national ranking for the 60-meter dash during his indoor track season (48th of 4,850 qualifiers).
He's also a force in the 200-meter event in which he finished behind Barlow in last year's WPIAL title heat (22.37 to Barlow's 21.74) and ranked 100 out of 8,326 for indoor this season.
"The things that Tyrell has been able to accomplish is mainly due to his great work ethic," Woodland Hills coach Paul Beard said. "He pushes himself to the max and does everything we ask him to do. I really think that will translate into something big for his future."
Aside from being a standout for the Wolverines, after the high school track season ended Jones competed in the United States of America Track and Field National Junior Olympic Outdoor Championships in July in Baltimore.
"I knew I needed to lift more," he said. "I needed to improve my [starting] block work. There was so much I needed to accomplish in such a short period of time. I wanted to do all of this so that I could be my best on such a large stage."
At the Junior Olympic meet he notched his best time in the 100-meter dash. Coincidentally, it was the same one (10.88) that Barlow posted to claim the WPIAL title.
"This year, I plan to beat that time [in the WPIAL championships]," Jones said. "The work that I've put in all summer and beyond should put me over the top. I'm not going to let anything stop me this time."
Jones, a senior, has aspirations of competing on the Division I level in college. His impressive showing at last year's Junior Olympics took place at Hughes Stadium, which is located on the campus of Morgan State University.
According to Jones, Morgan State and Youngstown State have been in touch with him about possibly offering a scholarship.
"I've done everything I can to stay focused and to be the best student I can be," Jones added.
When he gets to college, Jones plans to major in electrical engineering or sports management.
"I like to build things," he said. "Math and science aren't really my strengths, but that is what I want to do and I'm going to see if I can make that happen."
"I've always encouraged Tyrell to give 150 percent at all times," said his mother, Oneka Jones. "Before the season, we sit and talk and establish goals for him to accomplish. ... He knows that no matter what he does, he's expected to go hard or go home every time."