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Oct. 15, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - USC Upstate cross country runner James Jackson was the first Spartan to ever be named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team. The Aiken, S.C. native earned the prestigious honor after an outstanding campaign a season ago.
Jackson helped the Spartans post a fourth-place finish at the Charlotte Invitational on Oct. 2. Jackson was one of six Upstate runners to finish in the top 56. He posted a time of 26:43.40, just 15 seconds off the personal-best that he posted at the A-Sun Championships last season.
Jackson and the rest of the Spartans will run in the USC Upstate Invitational this weekend at Milliken Research Park. The second home event of the season is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. It is also the final race for the Spartans before heading to DeLand, Fla. for the conference championships on Oct. 31.
The sophomore recently talked with Alex Edwards of upstatespartans.com to discuss his expectations for the remainder of the season as well as his time here at Upstate.
This weekend, Upstate is hosting the USC Upstate Invitational, what are the expectations for the final race prior to the A-Sun Championships?
The men's team was voted to finish seventh in the conference in the preseason poll, based on the team's performances thus far, where do you see the team finishing at the A-Sun Championships?
Do you have any pre-race superstitions?
What is your mentality prior to a race and during the event itself?
If your teammates were to use one adjective to describe you, what do you think they would use and why?
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete at Upstate?
If you could pick one place anywhere in the world to travel to, where would you go and why?
Who was your hero growing up? Why?
What is one interesting fact people may not know about you?