James Jackson
James Jackson
Height: 6-0
Weight: 135
Year: Senior
Hometown: Aiken, S.C.
Position: Distance
Major: Psychology
Last School: Aiken HS

2011 Outdoor: Set school record in the 10,000-meter with a time of 32:47.09 at the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C., March 18 … Posted a time of 4:15.41 in the 1,500-meter April 2 at the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala. … Registered a career-best 9:11.69 in the 3,000-meter March 26 at the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic in Cullowhee, N.C. … Crossed the 5,000-meter finish line in 15:50.67 April 16 at the A-Sun Outdoor Championships in Jacksonville, Fla., helping the Spartans to a fifth-place finish

2011 Indoor: Recorded a time of 9:11.41 in the 3000-meter Jan. 29 at the JRF Combined Events Invitational in Clemson, S.C. … Posted a time of 15:44.35 in the 500- meter Feb. 19 at the A-Sun Indoor Championships in Johnson City, Tenn., helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish.

2010 XC: Ranks eighth in Upstate record books with a time of 26:03.47 at the A-Sun Championship Oct. 30, finishing 26th … Crossed the line in 26:12.28 for a 13th-place finish at the Upstate Invitational Oct. 16 … Posted a 26:22.79 time at the Louisville Classic Oct. 2 … Finished 29th at the Clemson meet Sept. 17, crossing in 26:41.12 … Recorded a time of 26:44 at the Eye Opener Sept. 5, taking the 26th spot.

2010 Indoor: Ran two events for the Spartans … Crossing the finish line in 9:18.60 for the 3000m (2/26) and 16:06.41 5000m (1/27). 

2010 Outdoor: Picked up times in the 5000m (3/19) and 10,000m (5/14) to solidify his place as Upstate’s top distance performer – 15:38.01 and 33:05.23, respectively … Also competed in the 800m with a 2:05.99 (4/30), 1500m with a 4:14.53 (4/24) and 3000m (4/17).

2009 XC: Recorded best time of season with a 26:42.84 mark at the USC Upstate Invitational (10/17) ... Finished 32nd at the A-Sun Championships (10/31) with a time of 26:36, helping the Spartans earn a tie for third ... Finished 22nd at the Eye Opener, helping lead the Spartans to a third-place finish.

2009 Outdoor: Competed in the 10,000 meters at the A-Sun Championships, leading the Spartans with a finish in 34:15.87 (5/15) ... Saw best 10k finish at the Duke Invitational in 33:20.43 (4/3) ... Set school record in the 5,000-meter run at the 49er Classic with a time of 15:49.53 (3/21) ... Competed in the 800-meter run at the Furman Invitational (4/11) and 49er Classic (3/21) ... Earned best finish in the 3,000-meter run at the 49er Classic with a time of 9:22.39 (3/21) ... Set season-best time in the 1,500 meters at the Winthrop Invitational, finishing in 4:19.49 (3/27) ... Also competed in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter relays at the Wofford Dual Meet (4/17) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

2008-09 Indoor: Led all Spartans with a 10th-place finish in the 5,000-meter run and set a school record with a time of 15:36.05 at the A-Sun Championships (2/20) ... Earned his best time in the mile run with a 4:43.53 finish and in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:26.59 at the Carolina Invitational (2/13) ... Competed in the mile and 5,000-meter runs at the ETSU Niswonger Invitational (1/31) ... Earned his second-best time in the mile with a 4:43.85 finish at the UNC Classic, where he also competed in the 3,000-meter run (1/24) ... Competed in the 800-meter run at the Appalachian Limited (1/17).

2008 XC: Led the Spartans with a 30th-place finish at A-Sun Championships with a season-best time of 26:28 ... Named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen team, becoming first men's cross country athlete to earn a conference award ... Finished first among the Spartans in each meet ... Led the Spartans to a 12th-place finish of 22 teams at the Mercer Invitational (9/27) with a 30th-place finish ... Finished 27th at the Furman Invitational (10/11) ... A member of the A-Sun All-Academic Team.

Before USC Upstate: Lettered in cross country and track and field at Aiken ... Earned all-state honors in cross country in 2007 with a 10th-place finish at the state meet.

Personal: Born on April 18, 1989 ... Son of Robert and Janice Jackson ... Has one brother, Paul ... Psychology major ... Serves as president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus ... Member of the Lions Club and Ignite ... Favorite band is Hillsong ... Names meatloaf as his favorite food ... Favorite movie is "Crash" ... Favorite TV show is "The Shield" ... Favorite actor is Will Smith ... Favorite Book is Running with the Buffaloes by Chris Lear ... Enjoys basket weaving and pottery ... Growing-up his hero was Mother Teresa.