"I've just learned to be confident and run my race," Jock said. "Not many people can hang with a fast first lap, but I also need to make sure I don't slack off in the backstraight, the final curve or the homestretch, because there is always somebody trying to make a move."
Jock, who is majoring in urban studies, is eyeing a berth on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team and future Games as well.
"An Olympic berth would be the culmination of four years of hard work," he said. "I don't think I can express how much it would mean to me in words, but it would definitely be one of the best moments of my life.