Full name: Jack Felix
Date of birth: July 21, 1993
Academic interest: Science
Hobbies: Surfing and cycling
Event PRs: cross country 5k: 15:59
1600: 4:25 (relay split)
800: 2:01 (relay split)
Brothers/sisters: two sisters -- Camille Felix (15) - Distance swimmer
Elizabeth Felix (13) - Distance swimmer
scrunners: How would you rate your summer training?
felix: This summer went very well. I got some good training in and I'm very happy with it!
scrunners: How would you rate your team's summer training?
felix: All the guys and girls had a strong summer and we have really come together as a team! It was a really good summer for our team.
scrunners: What kind of training was included in your summer training?
felix: Due to an injury that overlapped from the end of track season and the first part of the summer I was unable to run. I joined the local club swim team, Hilton Head Aquatics, with my sisters who proceeded to destroy me every day in the pool! It was really hard getting into it but I got some really great cross training and came back in better aerobic shape than I had been in for a long time. I started back running but kept the swimming going as well. I got some really good runs and was able to do two a days and making one of them a swim workout everyday. I also was racing for my local cycling team in the Nestor Cup series out of Georgia. So my summer training consisted of some good intense milage running maximum once a day and then cross training as much as possible.
scrunners: Did you have any goals going into summer training?
felix: To get totally healed and get into the best shape I possibly could while running lower milage.
scrunners: As a senior, how would you like to finish out your final cross country season?
felix: To get some good times that will help me continue my running career past high school, and do the best I possibly can to help my team achieve.
scrunners: What will you remember from your time at high school?
felix: The group of really close friends that I was able to make through my team and meeting other runners. I will also remember the really close group of friends that are now the five seniors on the team. We all started together in middle school and have really been best friends ever since. Our coach calls us the Crazy 8's because we were all on the team together in the eighth grade. (Jack Felix, Michael Brewer, Mackenzie Johnston, Sara Manesiotis, and Rosie Dungan)
scrunners: How would you like to be remembered?
felix: I would like to be remembered on my team as someone who really helped encourage the younger runners and helped build depth on our team to take my place when I leave.
scrunners: What kind of goals do you have for this season?
felix: I would like to end this season and know, no matter how it ends up, that I did everything I possibly could to make myself and my team the best we could be.
scrunners: Do you see yourself running in college?
felix: I would love to run in college and that is one of my main focuses right now.
scrunners: Did your summer consist of looking at schools?
felix: Yes. I got to visit some schools with my parents but I hope to get some official visits this fall. I went to Georgia, Clemson, and Wofford. I went to coach Peter Watson's UNC XC camp, it was awesome. I got to meet some great athletes, and coaches like Chris Fox from Syracuse, Tim Goldsack from University of South Alabama, and Jason Saretsky from Harvard.
scrunners: Do you have any favorites at this time?
felix: I do, but I also look forward to seeing many more programs to widen my options.
scrunners: What motivates you to train and other life challenges?
felix: I love to push my body and work hard. I love the feeling right when I finish a workout and I am completely and utterly exhausted and laying on the ground knowing i gave it everything. If I have other challenges i just relate them to a race or a hard workout and try my best.
scrunners: Do you have a prerace tradition?
felix: Our team has a lot of traditions that we do together. We have team meeting the night before and then if the meet is in columbia we go to my grandmother's house and she makes the whole team pasta. She has been doing it since I was in 7th grade. We got her a team sweatshirt that says "pasta mamma" on the back(i love my grandparents, and she can make some good pasta!). The morning of the race sometimes I'll wake up and leave with a couple other guys and go out really early and get a loosen up run. We always warm up as a team and have a team huddle which sometimes consists of a pre race prayer or just some words of motivation from the team leaders and really gets us pumped and ready to go.
scrunners: Why and how did you get started in running?
felix: In seventh grade I really wasn't good at other sports because I had no hand eye coordination, but I could outrun any other kid out there.
scrunners: What do you look for in a coach and what do you expect a coach to look for in you?
felix: I look for a coach that looks at a runner as an individual and sees that one runner is very different than another and they can require different coaching and training techniques. I would like Coaches to see that I am a runner that will give everything I have to see my team succeed and I am someone who likes to run fast and hard, I like to be in discomfort and train hard.
scrunners: Do you have any rivals?
felix: I don't have any rivals, but Jack Manesiotis keeps me training as hard as I can because he is always right with me.
scrunners: What would you like to see happen with cross country in South Carolina?
felix: I would love to see running as a sport grow and become more popular and for the times to keep dropping!!
scrunners: Do you see yourself coaching in the future?
felix: I would love to continue in any career that includes running and I think that coaching would be a lot of fun!
scrunners: How do you balance running with other responsibilities?
felix: Well, I take school work first always, even if that means my run has to be early in the morning or late I night, I manage to balance it pretty well.
scrunners: What do you recommend to younger runners to achieve their best?
felix: They have to be smart about their training and not do too much too early. Also they have to have fun. For me when I'm running it is fun, I look forward to racing and doing hard workouts just to see if I've gotten any better. They should always do their best and push themselves!
scrunners: If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be?
felix: Well....I would love to go run for a great program in college. Or go surfing in J-bay, South Africa or Bells Beach in Australia....haha!!
scrunners: With Hilton Head winning a state title and a third place individual finish, what do you hope to achieve this season?
felix: Well, our team has improved from last year and I would like all of us to leave the state meet and know we gave it our all and what ever the result is we will be happy!
scrunners: What did it mean to you have to have state meet record holder David Adams hand awards to you at the state meet.
felix: That was a really special occasion and it truly meant a lot to all of us that the state record holder and Hilton Head High School alumnus came to do that for us! I really look up to him and what he did and I will do my best to be as close to him as I can.
scrunners: How do you plan your peaking period in the season?
felix: I would like to peak right around the state meet and the post high school affiliated events such as Foot Locker or NXN.
scrunners: Do you have any post season plans?
felix: Keep my training strong to have a good solid track season, visit some colleges and continue swimming to stay in shape.