Since Elementary School Jocelyn Long has been winning races, so it is no surprise that top colleges and universities pursued to her to commit to their school.
Her love of running started at Roslyn Road Elementary school. Jocelyn ran the Barrington District 220 5th grade 1-mile race and placed 3rd while breaking a 7-minute mile. Her natural running talent was evident.
Jocelyn joined Barrington Prairie Middle School's track team in 6th grade. While in 7th grade, Cross Country Coach Jim Bartlett made sure she purchased her first pair of trainers and racing spikes. He noticed Jocelyn's special gift for running right away and planted the seed for growth with continual encouragement and fostering a deep love of the sport.
Jocelyn's true passion for competition was sparked after getting 4th place in the 3200m race at the state track meet her freshman year at Barrington High School. With Jocelyn's help, the Fillies placed 2nd in state in Track & Field as a team. Jocelyn realized the possibilities open to her if she set lofty goals and was willing to work hard to reach them. Her drive was furthered when she broke the 17-minute barrier for a 3-mile cross country race her sophomore year, she was the first BHS female runner in school history to do so.
Jocelyn participated in BASA soccer while in elementary school but gave that up in middle school to focus on running cross country and track. Although Jocelyn trains hard for her races, her academics has always been a priority. She has taken challenging classes, maintained top grades and has a genuine love for reading. She has also participated in other clubs and organizations that help her maintain a balance.
She is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Autism Ambassadors, and Peer Ministry at St. Anne's. She was also a P.E. leader and a snowflake leader for the past 2 years.
Jocelyn was recently inducted into the National Honors Society, and she just received Green Dot Bystander intervention training. Green Dot Bystander is an anti-violence initiative to change the culture of Barrington High School. This special opportunity was awarded to only 50 Junior & Senior student leaders voted on by the student body when asked who among them they considered to be a leader and someone they respected.
The moment that stands out most to Jocelyn regarding her school running career was her qualifying for the Nike Cross Nationals her sophomore year. She realized a dream that day when she kicked past 7 runners in the final 400 meters of that 5K race. This also marked the pivotal time when college recruiting coaches took strong notice of Jocelyn.
Jocelyn was heavily recruited by top universities across the country. She was the perfect candidate for top-tier academic Division 1 schools. She chose Northwestern since it's a world class institution that sets the bar high for both academics and athletics. The resources, connections, opportunities, and internships provided by Northwestern to student-athletes through their special program, NU for Life, is unparalleled in professional development. This program guides student-athletes to professional success, and the network is available to them for their lifetime.
Jocelyn plans to major in Communication Studies and earn her Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate from Northwestern's acclaimed Medill School of Journalism.