Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light: Jordan Gillum

Jordan Gillum KRISTEN HARVEY /The Record Delta

BUCKHANNON — It is important to highlight the youth in Upshur County and the hard work they have put in to excelling in the sports they play. This series of articles will go in-depth with one of B-U’s athletes, allowing readers to get to know a little more about who athletically represents the community. This week, B-UHS Track and Cross-Country standout Jordan Gillum, took the time to give the community an inside look at his journey in Upshur County sports.  

Question 1: Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past. What standouts out to you about your high school athletic career? 

“In the 800-meter event this year, my starting time was a two minutes and eight seconds but with some hard work and determination I got out there and showed them where some hard work can get you and dropped 14 seconds off,” said Gillum.  

Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities were you involved in during high school? 

“I am a part of both the track and cross-country teams,” stated Gillum. 

Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing sports?  

“I am passionate about sports because I truly enjoy doing them from traveling and hanging out with friends to even improving my health just all around enjoy every second,” explained Gillum. 

Question 4: What is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to the sport? 

“My favorite sport, I would have to say, is cross country, because it is just so relaxing and the environment is just so awesome. What drew me to doing cross country was having a lot of friends that were doing it and at the time. I through I would just go out there and have fun with it but ended up being the top runner thanks to my awesome coaches and being pushed by my peers to do better,” said Gillum. 

Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you? 

“Hard-working, determined and confident; that is how I think they would describe me,” stated Gillum. 

Question 6: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from a coach over your years playing any sport? 

“The best piece of advice I have received was from Taylor Stacy, who said, ‘Today is a great day to be great,” explained Gillum. 

Question 7: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities? 

“I manage everything by saying schoolwork always comes first and then I try to make time for other things the best I can,” said Gillum. 

Question 8: What’s the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports? 

“The biggest lesson that I learned from doing sports over the years is there is no substitute for hard work and it really shows,” stated Gillum. 

Question 9: How long have you been in track? How would you describe yourself as a runner, as an athlete, as a person? 

“I have been on the track team for four years. it would have been five but I lost one due to COVID-19 unfortunately but, I would describe myself as dedicated observant and resilient,” explained Gillum. 

Question 10: What would you say sets track apart from other sports? 

“What sets track apart from other sports, in my perspective, is it’s very hard to build up, unlike basketball and football, where well once you learn it all you have to do is fine-tune everything. With track, it takes months and months, maybe even years to get down to sub two in the 800 or sub 50 in the 400 and if you sto,p you start from square one all over again,” said Gillum. 

Question 11: How did you think you did at the 2022 W. Va. State Meet? 

“I think I did exceptionally well. I left with the state champ title in the 4x4, then in the 800 I was ranked third, but I beat the odds and got second and in the 4x8 we got fourth,” stated Gillum. 

Question 12: How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life? How has being an athlete impacted your growth as a young adult? 

“Sports impacted my life in a positive way because without them, I don’t think I could be the person I am today. As a young adult, sports have shown me discipline and nothing comes easy unless you put in the work to achieve your goals,” explained Gillum. 

Question 13:  What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student-athlete meant to you? What is your best memory? 

“Representing Buckhannon-Upshur high school as a student athlete is awesome because we are at a relatively small school and sometimes we get overlooked. So, I try my best to go out there and show them that B-U is not the school to be overlooked. My favorite memory is when I was at states, this year and the kid that beat me came up to me and said ‘these last few years I would not even have bat an eye in thinking that you would be any competition but you change my mind about that real quick,’ that is going to stay with me,” said Gillum. 

Question 14: What is one thing you want to be remembered for as you leave high school, both athletically and academically? 

“Athletically, I want to be remembered as a school record holder. Academically, I want to be remembered as the kid that never turned anything in late,” stated Gillum. 

Question 15: Finally, are there any short-term goals you would like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years? What about in the future? 10 years or more down the road? Where do you think you will end up? College plans? 

“Some short term goals I want to accomplish are state champ in the 800, go to college and make great memories with some awesome people. Some long-term goals that I have are to make it through college, get a good job, raise a family and as the years approach, be able to find time to go out for a long run,” explained Gillum. 

As School sports have come to a close, The Record Delta Sports Department will be reaching out to some of the county sports teams to expand its Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light coverage.

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