CONCORD, CA—Team: Concord High School• Grade: Senior• Sports: Cross Country, Swimming, Track.
Jacobs has been a three-sport athlete all through his years at Concord High, participating in cross country, track and swimming. In past spring seasons he managed to split his workout time between track and swimming and still be one of the fastest varsity athletes on each team. His summer schedule is nearly as hectic as he swam for Gehringer Park Swim Team as well as doing conditioning for the fall cross country season.
Coach Lanette Stanziano says, “Logan has been one of the top athletes on the cross country team since his freshman year.” In 2019 as a junior, he qualified for the California State cross country meet by finishing 12th (Division III) at the North Coast Section meet with a time of 15:43, the school record for the three race. At CIF state meet, he ran 16:18 on the difficult 5k course, which was the second fastest 5K time in school history. His coach adds, “Logan has been a delight to coach and I count on him every day to be the leader for the team, a role he takes on with enthusiasm. He is an inspiration to everyone on the team.”
Plans turned upside down
Jacobs’ schedule for the past three years has been turned upside down with the cancellation of all high school sports since last March. With the resumption of athletics during the second half of this school year still up in the air, he probably shares the feelings of thousands of fellow seniors in California.
“When I was starting high school, my vision for how my senior season would play out was drastically different from what has happened so far. Instead of the intense grind leading up to each meet, our main focus has been slowly building our running base in preparation for any form our season will come in. With no specifics set in stone for the season, my teammates and I have the opportunity to pinpoint exactly why we enjoy the sport. Whether it is the difficult speed workouts, the long runs anywhere in the Concord area or the laughs we share during each practice, one of those reasons kept us going through this hectic year.”
If and when things start up, Jacobs will be running 800, 1600 and 3200-meter races for the Minuteman track team and swimming freestyle events from 50 to 500 yards in the pool.
In addition to athletics, he is a standout student. He has a 4.0 unweighted and 4.25 weighted GPA. He is part of the Concord High orchestra as a cellist, participating in the MDUSD honor orchestra each year. He does all this while also getting up at 5 a.m. daily to attend seminary. He plans on attending Brigham Young University to study mechanical engineering. “While I am at BYU, I would like to run for their club cross country team with the hopes of walking onto their varsity team later on. I would also like to join the college string orchestra if my schedule will allow it,” the ever-busy Jacobs adds.
The Pioneer congratulates Logan and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for 25 years at Family Vision Care Optometry. www.laceyandruzicka.com
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