SHSU track star Chris Jay also Vine famous
Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 23:01
Collegiate track and field competitions at Sam Houston State University don’t usually pull in the crowd the football team does.
But more than a half a million people keep their eyes plugged in to SHSU’s freshman triple-jumper Chris Jefferson.
Even though their eyes aren’t on him on the track.
Chris Jefferson has made himself an elite user on the social media application Vine as Chris Jay. In Vine’s short run as a hit social media network, Jefferson has risen to popularity gaining the attention of many through his videos.
Ever since Jefferson was a child, he knew he enjoyed being the life of the party and making others laugh. He got involved with theater and realized the spotlight was made for him. As Vine started becoming the newest hit of social media in 2013, Jefferson had big plans.
“I knew I could make good Vines if I started doing it,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson began producing comical vines and his rise to stardom quickly skyrocketed.
One of his more popular Vines include an ongoing couple that he created between a “ratchet” girl and a teenage guy named Daquan. The most popular Vine using these characters involves the girl explaining her monthly visit was gone and Daquan dropping everything he does to sprint from his house to meet her exclaiming he was ready to “dive in.” The Vine received over 81,000 likes, 74,000 revines and 4,000 comments.
Jefferson said his success on Vine came as no surprise because his competitive edge from track translates over.
“Vine is competitive,” Jefferson said. “You have all these people with the same followers as you. It’s competitive. I’m a competitive person at heart.”
Jefferson now has roughly 541,300 followers who constantly push him through positive feedback to continue making people smile through the social medium.
“Somebody saying that you’re a naturally funny person without trying, that’s the best feedback you can get,” Jefferson said.
Freshman teammate Simon Imagbe has helped Jefferson in his rise to fame by bouncing off ideas to being his cameraman.
“We went on top of the Sam Houston statue, and Chris did the booty thrasher on it,” Imagbe said. “It was one of the most fun times I’ve had.”
But even with the amount of good times and laughs that come through Vine, Jefferson keeps his head on straight while running track.
“Track is why I’m here,” Jefferson said. “My mindset is to break the freshman barrier of coming in and expecting to do less than you did the previous year.”
Jefferson’s success on the track is matching his Vine status.
At the Texas-A&M Team Invite, Jefferson placed fourth in triple jump, beating out senior teammate Alejandro Trevino and breaking his personal record.
“That’s a good sign right there,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson’s next meet is Friday and Saturday at the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston. Jefferson’s next Vine could be at any moment when an idea sparks. Either way, he’s glad to have the backing of many in wherever his talents take him, he said.
“To know that people actually support you for being yourself, it’s a good feeling.”