Jacob Conway graduated from Waseca High School in 1996. He was a four-year, three-sport athlete, earning nine varsity letters as a Bluejay; two in football, three in basketball and four in track.
Jacob was a three-year starter as a guard in basketball. In football, he was two-year starter at cornerback and wide receiver and was also the punt and kickoff return man. He was selected to the All-Area team and named to the South Central All-Conference Football Team. Jacob moved into the record books after a great senior year. He averaged nearly 16 yards a catch on 36 receptions to lead the team, while finishing second in scoring. Conway also averaged over 20 yards on kick-off returns, and returned one for a TD, the only kick-off returned for a touchdown all year in the South Central conference. His 36 catches for 575 yards trailed only Chris Vilt (1983) as the best single season for any Bluejay receiver. His 800 career yards ranks second behind Bob Wick (1978) and his 49 career receptions are the most ever by any Bluejay.
Track is the sport that Jacob really excelled at. At the age of nine, he competed at the District Hershey track meet and qualified for the state meet where he placed first in the 50-meter and the 100-meter dash, thus qualifying him for a spot on the national team. In 1992 Jacob competed in the AAU National Junior Olympics. Conway won the Minnesota state championship in the 100, 200 and 400- dashes, which earned him the right to represent Minnesota in the national event. This was a sign of what was to come in the next few years at Waseca High School.
In the four years that Jacob lettered in track, he won numerous awards. He was co-captain of the team, named to the All Area team, the All Conference team, received the MVP Award, selected Area Athlete of the Year, presented the Vern Walden Award at the South Central Conference Meet and was Prep Athlete of the Week on KEYC TV Sports.
Jacob had a spectacular junior year. Conway started winning at the first indoor meet, and kept winning the entire season. As the top trackster in the area, he won three firsts at the South Central Conference Meet. After racing to his trademark come-from-behind win, Jacob lived up to his pre-meet billing by winning two gold medals at the Section 2A Meet. Jacob achieved the crown jewel of his brilliant season – a chance to compete at the state meet. These victories preserved the juniors undefeated season in both the 200 and 400. Conway also anchored the Bluejays’ 4x100 relay team, which was undefeated until the sections. At state, Jacob went on to place 4th in the 400 and 7th in the 200. Knee surgery in January of his senior year ended his crusade to be a state champ. Jacob did qualify for the state meet that year but did not make the finals. During his career with the Waseca Blujays, Jacob set new school records in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 4x100 relay and the 4x200 relay.
While in high school, Jacob was an honor student, a student council member, president of the student chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Homecoming King, choir member, male quartet, Second Street Singers and senior soloist.
After high school, Jacob attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, ND on a football-track scholarship. In his freshman year, he got a chance to perform at the Drake Relays before 18,000 spectators, see gold medalist sprinter Michael Johnson perform, and bring home a championship. His winning sprint medley relay team set a new school record with their winning time of 3:21.07. In his sophomore year, he set a new school record in the 200 meters in 21.66 seconds that still stands.
Jacob is well respected and looked upon as a quiet role model, a humble man who has accomplished a great deal. He is the founder and Chief Talent Officer of TalentWar.net, Inc. He and his wife Rose make their home in San Diego.