Events: 800M (IN: 1:50.86; OUT: 1:50.66), 1,500M (3:54.50), Mile (4:14.73)
One of the team’s leading middle distance runners in his debut season with the Tigers in 2015 … Made his SEC Championships debut during the indoor season while running the 800 meters and distance medley relay at Kentucky’s Nutter Field House … Finished in 13th place in 800-meter qualifying with a time of 1 minute, 50.98 seconds at the SEC Indoor Championships … Ran the 800-meter leg for the Tigers running a seasonal-best time of 9:47.84 in a fourth-place finish in the distance medley relay at the SEC Indoor Championships … Time of 9:47.84 was the fifth-fastest DMR in school history … Anchored the Tigers winning DMR at the LSU Indoor Invitational with a time of 10:28.07 … Ran an indoor personal best of 1:50.86 to win the 800 meters at the Razorback Invitational … Won the 800 meters in his collegiate debut at the LSU Indoor Invitational with a season-opening time of 1:52.29 … Also ran the 800 meters at the LSU High Performance Meet (1:52.70) during the indoor season … Won the mile at the LSU Twilight with a time of 4:16.57 … Ran a personal best of 4:14.73 in the mile for 17th place at the Auburn Indoor Invitational … Also ran the mile at the Rod McCravy Memorial (4:14.89) … Made his SEC Outdoor Championships debut at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex where he finished in 23rd place in the 800 meters (1:51.89) and 24th place in the 1,500 meters (4:02.78) … Finished runner-up in the 1,500 meters at the Battle on the Bayou with a personal-best time of 3:54.50 … Raced to a lifetime PR of 1:50.66 in a seventh-place finish in the 800 meters at the LSU Alumni Gold … Placed third at the Louisiana Classics (1:51.62) and fourth at the Jim Click Shootout (1:50.80) … Also ran the 800 meters at the LSU Invitational where he clocked 1:52.15 for 12th place in the team’s regular-season finale … Ran the second leg on LSU’s winning 4x400-meter relay at the LSU Invitational with a time of 3:12.23 … Recognized for his performance in the classroom with a selection to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.
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 1:52.15 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 … Majoring in pre-humanities and social science.