THIS YEAR: Sophomore Nicolaus Jakowec begins his second season as a Trojan competing in distances.
2016: Was one of USC's top distance runners as a freshman. Posted a personal-best 5000m time of 14:46.18 to finish seventh at the Triton Invitational. Ran the event at the Pac-12 Championships and placed 35th with a time of 14:54.63. Took third in the 1500m at the Cardinal & Gold Challenge with a PR of 4:04.59.
HIGH SCHOOL: Jakowec is a 2015 graduate of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Calif. Jakowec finished third in the CIF-Southern Section Finals with a time of 9:07.45. Just a week later, Jakowec posted a personal record at the CIF Masters Meet with a time of 9:03.53. He finished his high school competitions at the California State Championships where he competed in the 3200m run and placed 24th with a time of 9:25.01.
PERSONAL: Nicolaus was born on July 20,1997 in San Jose, CA...His parents are Michael and Giselle Jakowec, who are both neurologists at USC... He has two siblings, Pascal and Dominique...At USC, Nicolaus is majoring in biomedical engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering and is an opinion writer for the Daily Trojan...In the summer of 2014, he participated in the Summer High School Advanced Research Program at the Viterbi School of Engineering...His sports hero is his dad, a former hockey player and lifelong runner...Says his favorite movie is Pacific Rim, favorite explorer is Ernest Shackleton, his favorite planet is Mars and his favorite insects are ants...His favorite food is kielbasa...After USC, Nicolaus would like to travel to Antarctica and pursue a career in science and writing.
CAREER BESTS: 1500m - 4:04.59 5000m - 14:46.18