INTERVIEW: Saint Patrick's Jack Hewes

Jack Hewes has accomplished a lot in Track and Cross Country. He's a junior this year and is currently the #1 runner in 3A, where St. Patrick competes. So far this year, he's run 16:20, but his PR from last year is 15:54. He's a 2:02 half-miler, a 4:33 miler, and a 9:51 two-miler on the track. I know Jack is gunning for the individual state title to help the Fighting Irish in their question for another team title. Let's pick Jack's brain and get to know him better.

DP: What is your name, what grade are you in, and what school do you attend? 

JH: My name is Jack Hewes, and I am in 11th grade at Saint Patrick High School in Biloxi, Miss.

DP: What is your GPA and ACT score? 

JH: I have a 4.0 GPA and a 32 on my ACT.

DP: Nice! What is your favorite color? 

JH: Purple

DP: What is your current PR in the 5K? 

JH: 15:54

DP: What is the next goal, time, or mark you are trying to hit? 

JH: My next goal is to win gold at state.

DP: Gotcha; what is your favorite workout your Coach has you do?

JH: 20-minute tempo run.

DP: What is your least favorite workout? 

JH: 300-meter repeats.

DP: What got you started in cross country? 

JH: After a solid performance in my first track season, Coach McDaniel asked me to join the team.

DP: What are your plans after high school?

JH: To study biology in college and possibly run.

DP: What motivates you to train? 

JH: Jesus and my teammates.

DP: Do you have any superstitions on a meet day or perhaps an odd pre-meet routine? 

JH: I have no superstitions. The only thing I do before a meet is to make sure to drink some caffeine.

DP: Gatorade or Powerade? 

JH: Gatorade

DP: What is your favorite subject in school?

JH: It is between English, science, and theology.

DP: What is your favorite Cross Country memory? 

JH: Breaking 16 for the first time at Watson last year.

DP: What is your favorite course and why? 

JH: Definitely the course at Mississippi College. It is a great course, and I can always run fast there.

DP: Who is your favorite musical artist? 

JH: Zach Bryan

DP: My daughter loves him too; what is your favorite brand of running shoes? 

JH: Nike

DP: Jersey (Singlet), tucked or untucked? 

JH: Untucked

DP: Do you have a favorite meal for the night before a meet? 

JH: I like rice with some sort of protein.

DP: Who is your favorite athlete in any sport, and why?

JH: Steph Curry because of his work ethic.

DP: Do you take ice baths? If yes, what do you think about during an ice bath? 

JH: I do not take ice baths.

DP: Name a lesson that cross country has taught you. 

JH: Endurance through pain leads to beautiful things.

DP: Do you have a rival runner? 

JH: Even though I will probably never race him again, it is definitely Keegan Leverett.

DP: Who is your team's biggest rival? 

JH: St. Stanislaus

DP: What is the weirdest thing you've seen at a meet? 

JH: I have seen multiple people throw up.

DP: Gross. What do you do to recover after a meet? 

JH: Eat, foam roll, and sleep.

DP: What's your favorite sport to watch? 

JH: College Football

DP: What is your favorite thing about your coach?

JH: He is always pushing me to reach my fullest potential.

DP: Who is your biggest fan?

JH: My mom.

DP: What advice would you like to share with younger runners, maybe the JH kids on your team?

JH: Have as much fun as possible.

DP: Have you had any injuries you've had to deal with in your career?

JH: I have not had any serious injuries, but I have dealt with tendonitis in different areas of my legs and blisters on my feet.

DP: What is your greatest accomplishment in cross country?

JH: Helping the team win a state championship in my first Cross Country season.

DP: What is an outrageous fear that you have? For example, I fear sharks in a swimming pool.

JH: I am scared of heights, even if the height is only ten feet.

DP: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

JH: Invisibility