Meet Your Footlocker Finalist: Dylan Jacobs

Dylan Jacobs will attempt to become the second Sandburg runner to win a Footlocker title

Dylan Jacobs l Sandburg HS; Orland Park, IL l SENIOR

Regional finish: 5th place- 15:07

There are only two runners in Sandburg distance lore ahead of Dylan Jacobs. The first one is the 1970s star Tom Graves and the more recent legend Lukas Verzbicas. Graves was two years too soon to compete in the first Footlocker Nationals in 1979. But Verzbicas was a two-time FL national champion. Jacobs recently earned All-American honors at the Nike Cross Nationals with a 13th place finish. While that was a feat that most school boys will take, but it was a little downer for Jacobs who ended his state season as the top three miler (13:57). 

Sandburg coach John O'Malley insists his star pupil is over his illness and ready to perform at peak levels. The nation's top returner to San Diego is certainly better than his regional performance. It is not likely he is a major threat for the overall win. However, Jacobs is a strong candidate in deciding how the final outcome will unfold.