Placed 16th at the LSU Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 16.94 seconds on the 5k course at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge … Finished 69th at the Texas A&M Invitational after running 26:23.05 for 8k ... Opened the season by teaming with Christian Johnson for an eighth-place team finish at the McNeese State Relays where they ran 27:07 for 8k.
Began the season with a top-10 finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival clocking 16 minutes, 44.0 seconds … Placed in the top-five at the LSU Invitational with a personal-best 5k time of 15:52.57 … Cracked the Top 145 at the Texas A&M Invitational with a time of 27:27.2.
Competed in two meets as a true freshman in 2014 … Made his collegiate debut at the Rice Invitational, finishing in 39th place overall with a time of 18:19.00 on the 6k course … Cracked the Top 10 of the final standings at the LSU Cross Country Invitational where he clocked 15:57.78 for sixth place overall at Highland Road Park.
PRIOR TO LSU
The top-ranked 800-meter prospect in the state of Louisiana in the Class of 2014 … Raced to a personal best of 1 minute, 52.15 seconds in a runner-up finish in the invitational 800 meters at the 2014 Mobile Challenge of Champions to highlight his senior season ... Ranked among the nation’s Top 30 high school 800-meter runners for the 2014 outdoor season … A three-time Louisiana state champion in the 800 meters during his prep career at Shreveport’s Airline High School … Wrapped up his high school career as the Class 5A state champion in the 800 meters after running a winning time of 1:55.01 in the final at the 2014 Louisiana High School Athletics Association Class 5A Outdoor State Track & Field Championships … Swept state titles in the 800 meters during his senior season as he also claimed the Division I indoor crown with a winning time of 1:56.13 at the 2014 LHSAA Division I Indoor State Championships … Won back-to-back indoor state championships in the event as he claimed the Division I title for the first time as a junior in 2013 with a winning run of 1:57.37 … Placed fifth in the Class 5A state final in the 800 meters during his junior season outdoors in 2013 … Captured the Class 5A state silver medal in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.64 and earned a fifth-place finish in the state final of the 1,600 meters as a sophomore during the 2012 LHSAA Outdoor State Championships … Scored the Class 5A state bronze medal in the 1,600 meters as a junior in 2013 … Set his 1,600-meter personal best of 4:18.98 in a sixth-place finish in the high school event at the 2014 Texas Relays early in his senior season … Also a standout cross country runner during his prep career at Airline High School … Took home 12th place with a time of 16:14.99 running the three-mile course at the 2013 LHSAA Class 5A State Cross Country Championships during his senior season … Cracked the Top 20 at the 2012 LHSAA Class 5A State Cross Country Championships by running 16:06.17 for three miles to end the meet in 20th place overall.
Full name is Jack William Wilkes … Born on June 11, 1995 … Parents are Gregg and Peggy Wilkes … Has an older brother, David, and a younger sister, Ellie … Father graduated from LSU Law School in 1990 … An honor student during his prep career at Airline High School … Served as the vice president of his school’s chapter of the National Honor Society … Also recognized as an academic all-state performer by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association … Plans to major in political science at LSU while pursuing pre-law.