Home state: Michigan
Year on club: 3
College: Eli Broad College of Business
Before Alex transferred to Michigan State, he ran for Adrian College, a D3 school. Alex's favorite events are the track 5k and the track 10k. His indoor club track time for the 5k is 16:33, and his outdoor club 5k time is 16:21.3. In addition to competing, Alex loves professional sports, college sports, volleyball, photography, skiing, and traveling.
"I would say that the transition from going to running for a Division 3 team to running for the club has been pretty rough for me personally. It was really challenging going from being in a close group of guys--that are now really close friends--to being the new guy on the club who didn’t know anyone, especially since I missed the entire freshman bonding experience here. In the beginning, it was rough and I felt out of place for a while, but eventually I got to know the guys of KARL. Kevin, Adam, and Ryan were very welcoming to me in the club and made me feel very welcomed. Once I found a good group of guys, it really made me feel a little comfortable transitioning to the club. For me I love the competitive aspect of running club. I am a very competitive person, so I love being able to compete especially--after coming from Adrian and running for the team [there]. I really look forward to track season every year because throughout my running career I have done exceptionally well at track. I have never really had a good cross country season, so I am basically all for track at this point. I am really looking forward to competing in the 5k this coming season where I am finally looking to break my lifetime goal of breaking 16 minutes in the 5k. I have trained hard throughout the summer and look forward to getting back on that track and breaking that time. I just think there’s something to running those long races on the track where you lose yourself a bit and just get in a rhythm."