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Running solo: Lone Falcon cross country senior boy kept going

Jhamil Bader-Jarvis, South Whidbey cross country’s only senior boy, earned a varsity letter every year he ran for the Falcons. He also plans to return for his fourth track and field season to run the 1,600-meter, 800-meter and possibly the 3,200-meter races.  - Ben Watanabe / The Record
Jhamil Bader-Jarvis, South Whidbey cross country’s only senior boy, earned a varsity letter every year he ran for the Falcons. He also plans to return for his fourth track and field season to run the 1,600-meter, 800-meter and possibly the 3,200-meter races.
— image credit: Ben Watanabe / The Record

Senior moments: Bader-Jarvis ran for highs, through lows

Cross country is an individual sport.

Sure, South Whidbey has a team and was scored by its cumulative places for points. For the lone senior boy, Jhamil Bader-Jarvis, a three-time letterman, the trails were often his alone this year.

Bader-Jarvis, known for running with knee-high socks as black as his hair, consistently finished as the Falcons’ third runner. His times averaged in the mid-18s, and Bader-Jarvis set his career personal record at 18:15.06 at a Cascade Conference meet in Carnation. Here are Bader-Jarvis’ reflections on his career and the program.

Why was your final season a success or a failure?

Jhamil Bader-Jarvis: For me the season was a success because the team improved as a whole, instead of little groups. We had a good back of boys running fast and sticking together. Also, even with individual injuries, the boys team really brought it at district, everyone had a good race, and we did the best as a team that we’ve done in many years.

How did you prepare for this year?

Bader-Jarvis: During the summer we have summer practices, generally 5 days a week and sometimes a weekend run. I was not able to participate with these practices, but I did a fair amount of running and biking on my own while I was working on Orcas Island.

As the only senior boy, what kept you running?Ben Watanabe / The Record | Jhamil Bader-Jarvis, seen here racing in the Cascade Conference Championship on Oct. 20 at South Whidbey High School, was the lone senior boy and team captain.

Bader-Jarvis: Running is as much an individual sport as it is a team sport. I have enjoyed cross country since I started sophomore year and I wouldn’t miss a chance to improve my times and run with the team for anything.

Which course was your favorite and why?

Bader-Jarvis: My favorite course is the North County Golf Course, it’s fast, there are good downhills and flats, which make it a good personal record course.

Which course was your least favorite and why?

Bader-Jarvis: My least favorite course is also one of my favorite courses, which is our home course. It’s a double-edged sword; you have the home course advantage which means knowing the best way to run the hills and shortest route from point A to B on the course, but there is also the mental anticipation of knowing exactly which parts are hard.

What is your fondest memory of cross country?

Bader-Jarvis: I would say my fondest memory during cross country was district this year. Both the guys and girls did phenomenally, and although for everyone it was a challenge, everyone really brought their all.

Which race was your best?

Bader-Jarvis: Running may be physical, but it is also hugely a mental sport. Your mind really has to be into your race. My favorite race was at the Carnation Golf Course, not only because I got my personal best time, but because I was entirely, 100 percent into the race

The most important lesson coach Fulton taught you?

Bader-Jarvis: To have confidence in myself, believe and you can achieve.

Why did senior boys drop from the program?

Bader-Jarvis: Cross country isn’t easy, you may be “just running,” but it takes a lot of determination to stick with it. It isn’t the right sport for everyone.

What got you into cross country?

Bader-Jarvis: I wish now that I ran cross country my freshman year, however, I only ran track. After running track, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to run cross country, and that hasn’t changed since then.

What do you like about distance running?

Bader-Jarvis: I am less of a speed runner, and more of an endurance runner, and that is exactly what distance running is, the 3-mile race that is standard in cross country and is a perfect race to test a combination of a decent amount of speed and a lot of endurance

When I run, I think about Bader-Jarvis: the exhilarating feeling of pushing myself and improving my physical ability.

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