Player Profile: Jay Pendarvis


Sophomore Jay Pendarvis runs at the FIT Invitational at the PG Complex on Dec. 23.

Luke Elkins, Sports Editor

1. How long have you been running track?
I started running track in 4th grade at my school.
2. How did you discover your interest in track?
I always used to be the fastest person in my class and so I decided to run Track and see how I would be against other people who weren’t in my class.
3. Who is your favorite athlete and why?
My favorite athlete is Michael Johnson because when he used to run he set two world records in the same events that I’m running and watching old videos of him really inspire me.
4. What inspires you to run track?
I like challenging myself and pushing myself to do better and I think Track is a great sport if you’re trying to push yourself and also running is just a great way to get away from everything else going on in life.
5. How have your friends and family supported you?
My family always comes to all my track meets and supports me. I wanted to quit Track when I was younger and my dad wouldn’t let me and kept pushing me to be better which I’m grateful for because now I’m still running and doing well.
6. What’s the best advice you’ve received?
The best advice I’ve received is from my Coach who tells me to just run my race and don’t pay attention to what other people are running and if they might be faster than me or not but to just focus on myself.
7. What is your daily training routine?
Usually I go to practice after school and then after I go in the weight room and lift. When I get home I do 200 crunches and 100 sit ups before I go to bed.
8. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like sleeping and fading the mall with my friends and get some good grub.
9. What’s your favorite song to listen to before a meet?
My favorite song to listen to before I run is “Dreams and Nightmares” my Meek Mill.
10. What other sports do you play?
I played football my freshman year but I’m mainly focused on track.
11. What’s your favorite part about running track?
My favorite part of running is just being in the race and zoning everything else out and focusing on the race.
12. What advice would you give to track beginners?
I would tell beginners to just stick with it and trust the process because most people don’t get faster because they don’t stick with it and aren’t dedicated. But if you stick with the sport you’ll see results.