Bellarmine’s Jack Yearian has been described as a “ruthless jokester” by some but his own explanation might be a lot more accurate. He says “I kid because I care” and winks when he says it. Jack may have been a “gutsy comic” with his Lion team-mates at times but there’s been nothing hilarious about competing against him in Cross Country or Track & Field. He has been the state of Washington’s Ath-lete of the Year, a state champion in both the 1600 and 3200 meters for two years in a row, and the state champion in Cross Country as well. There’s nothing funny about his GPA either. It’s 3.81. It figures that Yearian would be the TAC Athlete of the Year in 2016 and would earn the Scott Names $10,000 TAC scholarship. In the next four years he will be wearing the Green and Gold of the Or-egon Ducks. Will he be ready for Pac 12 competition? A bunch of times, records and medals say “yes.” He won the 1600 at state in a personal-best time of 4:07.68 (two seconds off the 4A meet record). He became only the 14th athlete in history to win the state champion-ship in Cross Country and the titles in the 1600 and 3200 in the same year. His time in the 3200 was 9:05.63 (8:59.94 as a junior). The only mis-step in his race for state championships came in 2014 when he got tangled up among the leaders in the 1600 and caught an elbow flush to his body which threw him off balance. The guy who elbowed him edged him for first. That 2nd place medal is currently his inspiration. He gets motivated every time he sees that red ribbon and he has seldom lost since. Among those “big wins” was the Rising Star Mile Invitational in California when he ran the final 200 meters in 25.6 seconds to finish in first with a run of 4 minutes, 17.48 seconds. At the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays he recorded a 4:06.33 time and his 1500 split in that race of 3:48.87 ranks sixth all-time in Washington high school history. There’s no question about Jack Yerian’s place among the top runners in the history of our Evergreen state. When it comes to running, he doesn’t fool around!