Anybody that knows me knows sports have always been an integral part of my life. I love to push myself and challenge myself to do and be better and whatever I choose to participate in, and my love for sports only further reflects that." Oliver Jack, Class of 2021
Senior Oliver Jack signed with the University of Louisiana Lafayette where he will continue competing in track and field throwing events like shot put and discus. Oliver, who has competed in track and field since sixth grade, looks forward to continuing his athletic journey. “Ultimately, college is what you make of it, and I feel ULL’s environment and atmosphere fits me perfectly, I am extremely excited to say that I am a Ragin Cajun.”
While the recent signing day announcement was one of celebration, there were times when Oliver wasn’t sure this day would come. “There were many restless nights and big question marks floating in my head constantly during quarantine, but no matter what I had to continue to do my part and do everything within my ability to turn my dream for college athletics into reality,” he says. “Looking back on all the time, work, and dedication I’ve poured into sports and finally getting to say I made it to the next level is truly a dream come true.”
Episcopal track and field Coach Claney Duplechin is thrilled to see Oliver continue his throwing career. “He is such an outstanding thrower, but he is also a super person,” says Coach Dupe. “He is our captain and is one of the very best individuals I have ever worked with. That kind of says much since I’ve been coaching 45 years. I hope he has a wonderful experience in college athletics.”
Oliver advises classmates with a similar dream to never stop competing with themselves. “If you are constantly comparing yourself to others, whether they are more or less successful then you limits your ability based on your perception of someone else,” he says. “Your goal each and every day should be to wake up and strive to get better and be the best version of yourself.” He advises classmates to remain persistent, focused and willing to learn and improve in their pursuit of a college athletic career.
In addition to competing in track and field, Oliver has competed with the Knights’ football and powerlifting teams this year. He is also the Class President. At ULL, he plans to pursue an engineering degree.
Join us in congratulating Oliver on this next step in his educational journey.
Senior Ryan Armwood joined with Oliver in making his college announcement. Look for more on his announcement soon.