Captain’s Corner: Jared Nowell ’15


Jared Nowell ’15

Men’s track and field

Co Cob, Conn.

Residence: Fitch

Okay, so you’re captain of the track team. What events do you do?

I’m a short sprinter, so that’s the 200-meter, 100-meter and 60 dash.

How did you get into sprinting? Or track in general?

So in middle school I did it for a year, kind of randomly, and then I just stopped doing it. And then I got into high school, and at the school I went to, you had to do a sport; it was a private school so you had to do a sport every season. So especially freshman year you had to do a team sport every season. I played soccer, and I could do basketball, but in the spring, I didn’t play lacrosse. I didn’t do any of those, and I kind of wanted to do soccer on the side, but they had a track club, which worked for [the requirement] so I kind of just joined that. And then eventually we turned into a full team by the time I left, which was cool. But I joined that because I was like, “Eh, I run in soccer, I’m fast, why not.”

So when you guys are at practice you’re just running for two hours?

Thankfully our coach cut it down, so most of our practices now are only about an hour. We have a nice schedule, so some days for sprinters you’ll do blocks, so you run twenty meters quickly and that’s about it, and other days we just do core and other things to stay off the track.

Are you guys training mostly in the field house? How is that?

Right about now we get pretty sick of it. It’s more when the spring sports start it kind of gets annoying because normally we have the inside area inside of the track of the field house, so we can go in there to throw med balls or whatever, but once the spring sports get in there it just gets way too crowded.

The surface in there seems hard…

Yeah the surface in there is so hard. It’s been there for probably 30, 40 years, and you can’t really use the inside lanes because they’re too tight, so you’ll hurt yourself. So we really only have one lane to do workouts in.

Have you gotten any injuries from that, or just injuries in general?

I have throughout my time here, just a lot of random things. I hurt my back, hurt my Achilles, my hamstring. [Laughs.] Yeah I always jokingly tell people I’m always hurt, something’s always nagging.

I heard that you are looking at med schools. Tell me about your pre-med experience at Williams. Are you excited for the real world?

Pre-med was actually pretty interesting. I actually enjoyed it, to be honest, because I came in knowing I liked chemistry. Pre-med just kind of added up, and most of the classes I had to take for it, I probably would’ve taken anyway whether or not I had been pre-med. It worked out. Also, you get the nice little pre-med contingency, like you start seeing the people in your year that are pre-med, and you might not hang out with them all the time, but you still see each other on the weekends and you’re friendly, and it’s pretty cool. The med school stuff is pretty interesting, I had to do a lot of interviews in the fall. I missed an entire week of school to go interview and visit schools. So I know I have somewhere to go next year. [Laughs.] I won’t be out in the street.

What would you say your favorite foods are?

Since I’ve come to Williams, nachos … I just can’t get away from nachos, it’s really bad. I went out to dinner, actually, last night to Water Street Grill with all my friends and I was like, “Can we get nachos?” and they were like “I guess we’ll eat some.”[Laughs.] I like pizza a lot, I like chicken fingers. Yeah, I guess my favorite foods are really all the junky ones.

I guess ’82 is a great place for you to go for food then.

Oh yeah it’s great. It’s absurd. I go there too many times now, I need to stop.

How does the season transition work? If you do indoor, do you do outdoor?

Yeah so pretty much everyone is both, unless you’re a field event like javelin, which is only outdoor. So [those athletes will] be training indoors but just won’t compete. Outdoor feels like it goes by like that [Snaps.]. We get back from spring break, and then we have two meets and NESCACs, and you have to qualify for NESCACs. So if you don’t go on the spring break trip, you have two meets to qualify for NESCACs, otherwise you’re done. So that’s like, mid-April.

So it’s the fastest turnaround ever.

Yeah it’s pretty quick. I mean, we don’t always have the whole team doing this, but for the 10 or 15 people that do do it, it’s kind of rough.

So in your meets, do you end up running a lot of events per meet?

I’m anywhere from two to three  but most people it’s like one, just based on the distances, especially if you’re dong a mile or like a 3k. I’m lucky because I can do the 100-meter, the 200-meter and the 4×1, so I can do multiple things. It’s more just explosiveness. By the end of the day you’re not exhausted cardio-wise but it’s like, “My legs feel dead, and I have no energy to walk.”

One last random question. Do you have any pets?

I do not. When I was younger, we’d always have a fish we’d just call Fishy, but we were just never a pet family. Whenever we would talk about having a dog my parents would just be like, “Well, you have to take care of it!” and me and my brother were like “Nahhhh,” so it just never worked out.

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