Honors & Awards
Nebraska Cross Country Team Co-Captain (2011)
Academic All-Big Ten (2011)
First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2009, 2010)
Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2008, 2009, 2010)
Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2009, 2010, 2011)
Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award (2012)
One of Nebraska's co-captains for the 2011 cross country campaign, Jesse Adams continued to perform at a high level. The four-year letterman from Ogallala ranked as one of the top Husker runners in every meet during his senior season.
Adams started off 2011 with a 20th-place finish at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, helping the Huskers finish third as a team. He followed that performance by helping the Huskers win their first team title of the year at the SDSU Classic in Brookings, S.D. Adams was one of four Huskers to finish in the top five at the meet, placing fifth (25:46.8).
He was NU's No. 2 finisher at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, where he ran against some of the best runners in the nation.
In his final postseason for the Huskers, Adams continued to excel, recording a season personal best at Nebraska's first Big Ten Championships. Adams recorded a time of 25:18 to finish as the No. 3 Husker 59th overall.
At the NCAA Midwest Regional, in DeKalb, Ill., Adams was Nebraska's No. 2 finisher (33:03.75) and placed 66th overall.
A strong performer in the classroom, Adams earned academic All-Big Ten honors before claiming his bachelor's degree in finance from Nebraska in May of 2012. He also earned a prestigious Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for his commitment to the Huskers' community outreach efforts.
Adams made drastic jumps during the 2010 season. He opened the year with a second-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic, where he was one of five Huskers in the top 10. Adams cracked the top 10 for the first time at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, placing eighth as the men fell one point shy of their fifth-straight team title.
Adams continued to make strides during the posteason. He finished 40th overall at the Big 12 Championships, which improved on his 65th-place finish in 2009. He added a 57th-place showing at the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional - improving nearly 30 spots from his 86th-place effort in 2009.
He continued to make improvements during the track and field seasons, setting personal bests in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters indoors. He competed in the 3,000 meters at the Texas A&M Challenge, running a personal-best time of 8:28.72.
Adams made his second straight appearance at the Big 12 Championships in 2009 and competed at his first career NCAA Midwest Regional Championships.
He opened the year with a solid third-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic, where he was one of four Huskers to finish in the top five. Adams then improved on his 60th-place finish from the 2008 Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational with a 44th-place showing at the 2009 contest, running the course in 26:32.15.
In the postseason, he finished 65th overall and fifth among NU's runners at the Big 12 Championships, which improved on his 82nd-place finish in 2008. Adams closed 2009 at the NCAA Midwest Regional in 86th place, which helped the men's team place eighth overall.
Adams started his collegiate cross country career with an 11th-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic, contributing to a team title for the men's squad. Adams then finished 60th (27:13.1) at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational and 33rd (27:01) at the South Dakota State Classic, helping the men's team bring home two more team titles. He ended the year at the Big 12 Championships by running a time of 27:00.6 to finish 82nd.
High School (Ogallala)
Adams earned three Nebraska Class B state championships at Ogallala High School under Coach Shane Fruit. Adams made trips to the state cross country meet in 2005, 2006 and 2007, helping Ogallala capture a team title in 2006 along with a pair of third-place finishes.
Adams also excelled on the track, as he earned two gold and three silver medals at the state meet. As a sophomore in 2006, he finished second in the 3,200 meters (9:58.29). He returned as a junior in 2007 to win the event (9:34.28), and then defended his title (9:36.52) in 2008. He also earned runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008 in the 1,600 meters.
The son of Chad and Barbara Adams, Jesse was born on Jan. 26, 1990. Jesse has three siblings, Rebecca, Harry and Sam. Jesse majored in finance at Nebraska and earned his bachelor's degree in May of 2012. He was an academic All-Big Ten choice in 2011, after capturing first-team academic All-Big 12 honors in 2009 and 2010. He also earned a Nebraska Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for his commitment to the Huskers' community outreach programs.