Eric Jenkins runs the equiv­a­lent of a half marathon every day, totaling some 95 miles per week.

The hard works pays off. Last Friday, for example, the fourth-​​year star dis­tance runner for the men’s track and field team won the 5,000-meter race at the New Eng­land Out­door Cham­pi­onships at Stone­hill Col­lege in Easton, Mass.; his time of 13 min­utes, 18.57 sec­onds bested the second-​​place finisher’s mark by more than one minute.

Jenkins pre­dicted his vic­tory in the after­noon before the race, saying, “I’m not expecting too many obsta­cles. I’m pretty con­fi­dent I can win.”

The week before, he led the Huskies to a third-​​place finish at the 2013 Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion Track and Field Cham­pi­onships at Towson Uni­ver­sity. He won the 800, set­ting a per­sonal best with a time of 1:52.06, and broke the sta­dium record with a time of 3:47.33 in the 1,500.

It wasn’t a crazy good time,” Jenkins said of his per­for­mance in the 1,500, “but I’m glad I got the win.

The con­fer­ence cham­pi­onships is the biggest meet of the year for the team,” he added. “Doing what I can for the team feels good.”

At 5-​​feet-​​9-​​inches and 133 pounds, Jenkins is in peak phys­ical con­di­tion to dom­i­nate the sport. “I’m the leanest I’ve ever been,” he said. “Right now I’m at a per­fect weight, but maybe next year I’ll lose a pound or two.”

His ath­letic resumé is filled with out­standing accom­plish­ments and record-​​breaking achieve­ments. Jenkins was named CAA Rookie of the Year in 2010. The fol­lowing season, he became the first member of Northeastern’s cross-​​country pro­gram to com­pete in the NCAA Cham­pi­onship since 1993. As the only CAA runner to com­pete in the nationals, Jenkins bet­tered nearly three-​​​​quarters of the 252-​​​​man field by fin­ishing in 67th place with a time of 30:31:5. He holds school records in the out­door 5,000 (13:18.57) and two indoor events: the 3,000 meter (7:50.44) and the mile (3:58.11).

His next big chal­lenge will be qual­i­fying for the 5,000 at the 2013 Out­door NCAA Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in June in Eugene, Ore. The pre­lim­i­nary round will take place on May 23–25 in Greens­boro, N.C.

I’m looking for­ward to trying to win the title,” Jenkins said. “If I won the national cham­pi­onship, it would be head and shoul­ders above any pre­vious achievement.”

Unfor­tu­nately, one of his greatest achieve­ments never made it to the record books. At the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Cham­pi­onships at the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas in March, Jenkins ran the 3,000 in 7:46.21, the third fastest time for an Amer­ican. But his jubi­la­tion quickly turned to dis­ap­point­ment after finding out that he had been dis­qual­i­fied from the race for acci­den­tally making con­tact with another runner.

It was a great expe­ri­ence even though I was dis­qual­i­fied,” Jenkins said. “I know I’m up there with the best in the country. I’m the guy to beat.”