Name: Jack Barbour
Sport: Men’s Cross Country / Track & Field
Hometown: Mill Valley, California
Majors: Mathematics and Religious Studies
Why did you choose UChicago?
I didn’t really know anything about UChicago until I toured it in my junior year of high school and fell in love with the campus and atmosphere. The more I learned about the school, the more sure I was that I wanted to come here.
Favorite moment of your UChicago athletic career?
During cross country my junior year at one of our last invitational races before the championship season, we had great performances across the board and ended up sweeping something like the top nine spots at the meet. Having so many of my teammates around running well throughout the race was really enjoyable.
Favorite team tradition/activity?
Coach Hall giving out Starbursts for PR performances.
What made you fall in love with your sport originally?
I think the freedom of being outside and just running has always appealed to me.
What lessons have you learned through competing in your sport that have stuck with you?
Bad races happen but they don’t have to mean anything. Being able to put poor performances behind you is essential to rebounding the next week.
What advice would you give to your first-year teammates?
Work hard but don’t try to do everything all at once. Big jumps in mileage and training intensity can feel good in the short term but can so easily bite you in the back late in the season.
Favorite UChicago class that you learned the most from and why?
I really enjoyed my SOSC sequence: Self, Culture, and Society, and getting the opportunity to engage with some really essential texts that really shaped my academic and personal outlooks.
Which UChicago faculty or staff member made the greatest impact on you and why?
I think Coach Hall has had a really large influence on my time here. The consistency he brings to practice each day and his enthusiasm for the sport have kept me engaged in running throughout the past three years.
Favorite place on campus?
Favorite thing to do in the city?
Go to the Art Institute followed by dinner downtown.
What are your post-graduation plans?
Law school after a year or so working in a conservation-related field.
Favorite place you’ve visited?
Yosemite National Park.
Strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Camel food at the zoo.