Jason was encouraged to become a runner by his parents but never took the call to action seriously until he joined his middle school cross country team. After realizing that running is a great excuse to hang out with and make new friends and that he was actually good at it he found an appreciation for the sport. Things got serious when Jason joined his high school track team at Southeast Raleigh high school, where he broke school records, helped win conference championships, and won a state title in the 4 x 800. Jason ran at D3 powerhouse-in-the-making, Christopher Newport University, where he won a conference championship in the 3000, was all-region three times in XC, and was part of a team that placed third at XC nationals. He had aspirations of becoming an All American his senior year but missed out on his final track season due to COVID. Jason continues to run as a form of self-improvement and the enjoyment of setting and achieving big goals. With GRC Jason intends to focus on the 1500 and 5000 on the track and test the waters at longer distances on the roads. Jason is a First year PhD student in the neuroscience and cognitive science (NACS) program at the university of Maryland.