Few runners have mastered the art of emerging from the shadows than Carrie Jube. When she steps into the spotlight, she does it in style.
Jube played a huge role in lifting BYU to its first women’s cross country conference championship since 2006. The junior from Timpview finished second overall at the WCC Championship, crossing the finish line with a time of 19:49. It marked Jube’s highest finish in a cross country race so far in her BYU career.
“I just felt like I had a ton of energy and was able to execute the race plan (how) I wanted,” Jube said.
Jube’s plan was a modest one. She came into the race with a simple goal of sticking with all of the no. 2 runners from each WCC team. It sounds like a conservative approach, but Jube wanted to keep herself from burning out too early.
Her strategy worked beautifully. Jube hung with the lead pack and, as the race progressed, finally charged out in front. She ended up taking the lead and held onto it for several minutes before dropping back near the end for a second-place finish.
“She found herself up in the front, feeling good, and wasn’t intimidated by those (other runners) in the race,” BYU cross country coach Patrick Shane said. “Rather than sit back and wait, she went ahead and took the lead, pushed the pace and gave herself a chance to win it.”
Pushing the pace is nothing new for Jube when you look at how she has evolved as a runner. Jube has always found a way to come from seemingly nowhere and push herself to the top.
It started at Timpview where Jube wasn’t even a varsity runner as a freshman. She kept working at improving as a runner until she earned that varsity spot a short time later. Jube eventually became the team captain for the T-Birds’ cross country and track teams during her junior and senior years. She enjoyed top 10 finishes at the Class 4A cross country meet both years – finishing 9th as a junior and 5th as a senior.
Jube only began entertaining thoughts of running in college as a senior. She joined BYU in 2012 and, after spending a couple of years under the radar, put herself on track to emerge like she did once before at Timpview.
It started with more intense summer workouts. Jube increased her weekly mileage from 50 to 70 miles in her training and noticed an immediate difference in her endurance.
“That’s probably my strongest area because, once I hit a set pace, I can hold it for a really long time,” Jube said. “That’s beneficial especially in the 10K and longer distances. I don’t have quite as much speed as a 1,500 meter or 800 meter runner, but I think my endurance across long distances makes up for it.”
She also took a step forward by qualifying for the West Preliminary of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in the 10,000 meter race this past spring. It led to Jube running what Shane described as the race of her life.
The BYU coach believes it could be a prelude to even better things during the NCAA Mountain Regionals at Albuquerque on Friday and, if she qualifies, the NCAA Cross Country Championships at Indiana State on November 22nd.
“That kind of gave her confidence to go out and do what she did this year,” Shane said. “That was a big key to her feeling like she could do what she did. You got to believe you can do it. You got to have confidence and I think that did it.