April 10, 2014
DALLAS, Texas - Former Rice Owl cross country and track standout Jaime Najera was announced as one of four former athletes to be inducted into the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame in early May, the Jesuit Dallas Alumni Lettermen’s Club announced.
A four-year letterwinner in both cross country and track while at Rice, Najera paced the cross country team to a pair of third-place finishes at the Southwest Conference Championships as well as back-to-back third-place efforts at the 1981 and 1982 NCAA Regional Championships. In 1984, Najera set a 10K record for the Plano Pacers Club with a time of 31:37, a mark that still stands 30 years later.
From the spring of 1978 until his high school graduation, Jaime Najera served as one of the top distance runners in the region while at Jesuit High School. A three-year period of dominance during which he earned all-state recognition every year, Najera finished a sparkling high school career as a five-time district champion, nine-time all-district selection and six-time all-state performer.
He established a school record in the 800-meter run that stood for 18 years and was a two-time Ranger Heart winner. His senior year proved to be his most spectacular, as he won the district championship in cross country before earning all-state laurels in the 800m, mile and mile relay.
Najera will be inducted into the Jesuit Dallas Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 3 at the Terry Center.