DENVER - Senior John Jacob from the Johnson & Wales University men's cross country team is the JWU Denver Student-Athlete of the Month for October.
Jacob was named the SCAC Men's Runner of the Week twice during the month, including Week 7 after breaking Alberto Rodriguez's school record at the Fort Hays State Tiger Open with a time of 26:14.5.
The senior from Aurora, Ohio, earned Runner of the Week honors for Week 5 after finishing runner-up at the New Mexico Highlands University Cross Country Jam. Jacob then wrapped up the season Nov. 2 with a fourth-place finish at the SCAC Championships.
Getting to know John Jacob with classmate Bryce Moore
Bryce: How did you end up at Johnson & Wales Denver?
John: "When I was looking at schools for culinary arts specifically, I was looking at what would get me the best experience. Overall I knew JWU was more than just a cooking school, and I also knew that one day I would be able to run, so I just thought it would be a no brainer to come to JWU to be able to cook, do nutrition and to be able to run."
B: You're coming off an amazing season - all conference, fourth place at the conference championships, breaking the school record - how does that feel?
J: "It felt great, honestly. It felt really satisfying - a lot of hard work, dedication and sacrifice went into summer training to get to where I was at this season. It just felt really good to put my goal out there and then just to have it happen. It was really satisfying to have all the hard work pay off."
B: Are there any secret pre-race routines that help you preform so well?
J: "Stretching is key, rolling and sleep. Sleep is a big one. That is my main priority pre-meet. I try to get as much sleep pre-meet as possible. Then of course, the morning before I like to have a good pre-race smootie. A big, ol' smoothie.
B: Thanksgiving is coming up. Are there any Thanksgiving treats or meals that are your favorites?
J: "Aside any main dishes of course, I'm always a fan of go-to roasted yams, roasted butternut squash. Combine that with a nice tart cranberry sauce -- ooh, it doesn't get better."
B: What are your post-JWU plans after graduation?
J: "I love sports and nutrition, so a combination of the two. Something in the field of being a sports nutritionist, a dietician of some sort. Working with athletes and in athletics is my main goal, so hopefully doing something with a sports team in the realm, of diet and nutrition."