Track Alumnus Jim Schaper Continues to Go the Extra Mile

Jim Schaper is waiting, but he is not sitting still. The two-time All-American in track for South Carolina wants someone to break his long standing school record in the 1,500 meters, but that hasn’t stopped him from keeping up a torrid pace when it comes to success in his professional life and giving back to his alma mater.

“Actually, I wish somebody would break it,” Schaper said of the record he set in 1974. “I’m all about someone doing better than me. My time at South Carolina as a student-athlete is something I take great pride in, primarily because I ran with great guys, and I had wonderful teammates, who made me look better than I probably was.”

Schaper was not only a two-time All-American for the Gamecocks, but he was also a member of the 1974 national championship two-mile relay team. To this day, Schaper still holds the school outdoor record in the 1,500-meters with a time of 3:42.48, which is the longest standing outdoor record in program history.

Jim and his wife, Rebecca, were recently presented with the Garnet Award from the University of South Carolina Athletics Department at the annual Gamecock Gala. The Garnet Award is the most distinguished and highest honor given to a member of Gamecock Nation as it recognizes an individual for outstanding service and dedication to South Carolina, and it pays tribute to the recipient for unwavering loyalty, sacrifice and commitment to the building of a championship program. Click here to read more.