Athlete Feature: North’s Yassine Jakib

Black Bear Varsity 2018-283.jpgWhen did you start running?

I started running during the fall of my freshman year

Briefly describe the experience as a member of your team/program.  Give an example of some of the “fun” stuff your team does together.

Our team is a really close knit group of guys. A lot of us have been going to school with each other our whole lives, and we’ve all also played sports with or against each other since we were young. We all hangout outside of practice whether it be going to a pasta party at somebody’s house, or just going out and messing around

What are your team goals for this season?

Our biggest team goal is to try and develop our younger guys who are still new to the sport. We have a lot of young talent on our team that we know could have an immediate impact for us. Another team goal is to qualify for New Englands this year

What has been your greatest challenge? Black Bear Varsity 2018-383.jpg

For me, my biggest challenge throughout high school has been not getting in my own head during races and to just run.  

How does your coach motivate you?

My coach helps motivate me by helping me see and stay focused on the long term goal. He also reminds me to trust my training and to just have fun.

What motivates you most to do well?

The idea of failing and not being successful is what motivates me.

What is your favorite workout?

Either a tempo run or mile hill repeats

What is your favorite cross training activity?

Hiking is definitely my favorite cross training activity

What is your go-to prerace meal?

A sesame seed bagel with cream cheese from Bagel Alley in Nashua

Do you have a favorite prerace song?

“Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the world and experience many different things, but one place I’d love to go to is out west to states like Colorado, Oregon, and Washington

Meet of Champions 2018-212.jpgWhat would you do if you knew you could not fail?

I’d probably be an entrepreneur and start my own business

What is the best advice ever given to you?

The best advice I’ve gotten came from my coaches and teammates my freshman and sophomore years. They emphasized that results won’t come immediately, and to not get discouraged after one or two bad races but to keep working and use it as motivation to do more and work harder

What is your favorite quote? 

“Only quitters and ugly people say can’t”- Renee Archer

What is your favorite thing about Cross Country? 

The atmosphere and people is by far what makes cross country so great 

What is your favorite course to run? (High school courses) 

Either Franklin Park in Boston or Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx

What is your favorite race outside of the high school season? 

The Great Gobbler on Thanksgiving with all my teammates and North Alumni

Where do you see yourself in 5 years???

Most likely in school still pursuing a career in the medical field

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