Athlete of the Week

Jacob Jessen competes in the 1600-meter run at the state meet on Saturday.

Photo by Doreen Heintz

Although he was not a state champion in track and field this year, Grass Range freshman Jacob Jessen is one of the hardest workers one will find in track and field. During the season, Jessen competed in five events: the 110-meter high hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles, the 1600-meter run, the 800-meter run and the 4 X 400-meter relay.
At the District 8C meet, Jessen placed in all five of his events: first in the 300 hurdles, second in the 110 hurdles, third in the 800, fourth in the 1600 and fourth on the relay team.
Jessen continued his success on the track at the Northern C Divisional Meet by placing second in the 300 hurdles, third in the 1600 and fourth in the 110 hurdles. Jessen’s only individual event he did qualify for state was in the 800. He finished ninth in the 800 at the divisional meet. 
Jessen showed his competitive spirit at the state meet, by placing fourth in the 1600. Jessen was the only freshman in the top 11 at state. The rest of those runners in the top 11 were juniors and seniors.
Jessen finished 1oth in the state in both the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Besides being a standout in track, Jessen was also a starter on the Grass Range-Winnett six-man football team that advanced to the playoffs and a starter on the Winnett-Grass Range basketball team.
He will certainly be an athlete to watch over the next three years.

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