Apple Valley senior Jack Crippes has been going through extensive training for his upcoming final high school cross-country and track and field seasons.
Crippes is coming off surgery on both of his legs in April to address an ailment known as popliteal artery entrapment and compartment syndrome. He spent the summer recovering and training to get back to his pre-surgery level of running.
“It was extensive surgery, and I have spent many hours in physical therapy and training to be able to compete this fall season,” Crippes said.
Here is a closer look at Crippes:
The best movie I’ve seen in the last year? “The Heat” with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Three songs I never skip on my iPod are … “Royals” by Lorde,“TNT” by AC/DC, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.
What are your three favorite apps? Pandora, Facebook, Map My Run.
Who do you like to follow the most on Twitter, and why? I follow my friends, so I can keep up with what is going on and have some laughs.
Three words or phrases my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Determined, focused and, hopefully, funny.
How did you get started in distance running? I tried football in elementary school, and being on the ground with the wind knocked out of me wasn’t much fun. So now, I just gasp for air at the finish line and have a lot fewer bruises.
At my first varsity practice, I felt … really nervous and afraid of getting lost and not being able to find my way back to the high school at the end of the run. I was a freshman at my first varsity practice and the guys were older and all knew where they were going.
What are your goals for the upcoming cross-country season? To race without the pain that I had previously run with and to knock some time off my personal records, so I can score points for my team.
What is your favorite meal before a meet? Cheese pizza, and I make enough to have the leftovers after the race.
To get ready for a meet, I … get lots of sleep, eat pancakes for breakfast and go for a warm-up run with my friends/team.
What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete? Being voted captain by my teammates for the 2013-2014 cross-country season was really an honor.
How do you balance school and sports during the year? I try to work ahead in my classes as much as I can so I am not rushing around at the last minute. I also have a very persuasive mother.
Who is your favorite college or pro sports team and why? I enjoy watching University of Minnesota basketball. Go Gophers!
Do you have a secret talent — and if so, what is it? I’m a pretty good unicyclist. It’s great for improving balance.
In 10 years, I hope I’m … graduated from college and owning my own business.
What is the best sports advice you ever received? Never give up or give in. Fight to the finish line.