Events: 800M (IN: 1:49.77; OUT: 1:49.40), 1,500M (3:54.50), Mile (4:14.73)
An NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters for the first time in his collegiate career ... Lined up at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds where he ran 1 minute, 49.83 seconds for 31st place in the first round of qualifying ... Improved by nine places at the SEC Outdoor Championships from his freshman season as he was 14th overall in the preliminary round with a time of 1:50.35 ... Prepped for the SEC Championships by running a lifetime personal best of 1:49.40 for eighth place at the LSU Invitational in the team's regular-season finale ... Ran 1:49.74 at the LSU Alumni Gold while finishing in sixth place ... Opened the outdoor season with a runner-up finish at Miami's Hurricane Twilight, crossing the finish line in 1:51.18 ... Also ran the 800 meters outdoors at the Battle on the Bayou (1:49.77) and Texas Invitational (1:50.18) ... Honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as an All-Louisiana performer in the 800 meters during the outdoor season ... Recorded an indoor PR at the Iowa State Classic with a time of 1:48.77 for 13th place ... Finished 17th overall in qualifying at the SEC Indoor Championships with a run of 1:50.97 ... Split 1:51.64 on the 800-meter leg of LSU's distance medley relay team that finished 10th with a time of 9:50.69 at the SEC Indoor Championships ... Impressive in his first 800-meter race of the indoor season while running 1:49.79 for fourth place at the Power Five Conference Clash in Birmingham, Alabama ... Also ran the 800 meters indoors at the Razorback Invitational (1:50.66) and Alex Wilson Invitational (1:54.13) ... Ran the 800-meter leg of the DMR team that ran a seasonal best of 9:35.90 for 12th place at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Lined up in the mile once during the indoor season at the Bayou Bengal Invitational while running 4:16.72 for second place ... Honored for his academic performance once again with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.
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 1:50.98 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.