Jackson Rush is a freshman at Missouri Western State University with a 3.9 GPA.
Rush’s achievements for this year so far have been accomplished as he broke 30 minutes in an 8k, as he has ran 29:54.
Rush says hes trying to work up to be one of the better runners on the team.
Jackson is involved in BSU, music and the pre-med program.
“I plan on majoring in Biology with a concentration on health sciences,” Rush said.
Rush study’s about 7-8 hours a week whenever he can.
“In high school I was in track and cross country,” Rush said. His sophomore year he broke the two mile school record at St. Joe Christian and was less than a second away from getting all-state. In Rush’s freshman year, he was part of a 4×8 relay team and almost made it to state by getting sixth in sectionals. In Rush’s senior year for cross country, his team was the first ever to qualify for state at his school.
Rush’s goals are to keep up his running career and try to get better.
“Last year I didn’t think I was going to run in college, but then I talked to Bierbaum and it just kind of happened that way, so I saw that I could run here and it’s kind of worked out,” Rush said.
After graduating college, Rush wants to go to medical school.
Rush says he doesn’t have very many superstitions and that he is more of a go with the flow kind of guy.
Rush’s rituals before races are to pray before every race.
“I intend to work hard at whatever I’m doing whether it be academics, running or music,” Rush said.
“I didn’t plan on running in college and I had my heart set on a different college, but once I talked with Bierbaum, he came up to me after a state cross country meet and he mentioned that they had a new program they were starting here and he was the coach,” Rush said. “So once I talked with him I realized I think I could do that so I went on a visit and I fell in love with the college”
“Jackson is disciplined, he follows instructions, he is a team guy, he’s very smart and he’s the dream athlete to coach,” coach Marc Bierbaum said.
Bierbaum thinks Rush is progressing really well this year and coming from a small school he’s seen a much higher level of talent and he comes to practices and meets with the right mindset.