November 14, 2016

Buckeye Spotlight – Jared Fleming


Nov. 14, 2016

Jared Fleming competes year round for the Buckeyes in cross country and track & field. This fall, Fleming has had two 11th-place showings (Queen City Invite and Pre Nationals) on the cross country circuit. Come the spring, you can find Fleming on the track competing in the 800m or 1500m run. His personal record in the 800m run of 1:48.07 is the third fastest in program history.

What was your favorite part of Bucks Go Pro?
Hands down the friendships I made with the other student-athlete interns. Bucks Go Pro turned into Bucks Go Bro’s.

What is the best piece of advice you received from BGP?
“You’re either bringing energy to the room or sucking it out. Always bring the juice.” –Martin Jarmond

Which site visit did you enjoy the most?
Habitat for Humanity. I had a lot of fun being a small part of a great organization and helping build someone’s home.

What was your group project, and what was your role in it?
I was part of the TedX/Vlog group project. My role was to contribute an individual spotlight video highlighting Ohio State Student-athlete resources, along with contribution in creating a collective group video. I also helped formulate creative implementation plans for our video projects.

How did you decide to come to OSU?
Ohio State was the perfect fit for my athletic and professional career ambitions. It helps that I grew up in a small Ohio town that lived for Ohio state football games.

How long have you been doing your sport?
Ran in mile “Fun Runs” since 3rd grade but didn’t really start running competitively until middle school.

Do you have any pre-game/match superstitions or rituals? I have to drink three cups of coffee for any race in the a.m., four cups of coffee for any race before 2 p.m. and five cups of coffee for any race after 2 p.m.

What is your favorite part about your sport?
Toss-up between my coaches letting me race in shorter distance events and that ‘new shoe’ smell.

What is the hardest thing about sport?
The grueling off-season high mileage. Getting in long-runs that are 10 times the distance of your race and having to wait months before you get to put a race performance together is exhausting stuff.

How do you balance athletics and academics?
I had to find out where and when I am the most productive with my school work. So I try to complete all assignments before traveling for competitions, the last thing I want to think about at a track meet is whether or not I submitted my homework.

Why did you choose your major?
Sports have shaped my life in every aspect since I can remember. Even after my athletic career is over, just being a fan of sports still won’t be enough for me. I want to live within sports every day.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?
Trick question. I study best at home.

What is your favorite class you have taken here so far?
Sport for the Spectator, taught by Seamus Reilly.

What is a fun fact about you that not many people know about?
I’m a huge comic book fan. I even applied to be an extra in the Batman vs Superman movie… I didn’t get the role.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Who do you most admire and why?
My Dad. The man is like a Swiss army knife he can do it all, and that includes making time for his kids no matter how far away we are and how busy his schedule is.