Getting to Know Evan Prizy

Sept. 24, 2013 caught up with each new member of the track and cross country team to find out more about them. Today, we feature freshman Evan Prizy, a native of Schaumburg, Illinois, and a two-time Sectional Track champion.

What are you looking forward to most about being a member of the team?

I'm looking forward to providing my set of skills to help the team dynamic and just giving whatever I can to make the team the best it can be.

Why did you choose Alabama?

I saw a presentation about UA back home in Chicago. I heard about the things Alabama was doing academically, and it sounded like a nice option. The more I looked into it the more and more I fell in love with Alabama.

How did your family react to your college decision?

At first, my mom didn't want me going that far from home, but once she realized it was where I wanted to go, she completely supported me, as did my dad and everyone else in my family. Aunts, uncles and grandparents--they were all big fans.

When did you begin competing and why?

I started running competitively in junior high school. Both my brothers ran, and my dad was a runner in his college days. Running was definitely in our blood. I also did it because I was a little overweight at the time, and I was looking for some good exercise and a good sport to get into. I picked it up and fell in love with the sport.

What has been the biggest adjustment you've had to make as a college athlete?

It's actually been a really nice transition. The university has been helpful with everything. They try to smooth out any bumps beforehand, so I guess getting used to living on my own and the independence.

What goals do you have for this season?

Academically, I definitely want to keep the grades up and succeed in the classroom. I'm studying Computer Science, so I definitely want to work towards that. That's always the ultimate goal. Athletically, perhaps, if we're running a 10k race, maybe finish around 32 minutes or even break that. That'd be fantastic. I think generally my goal is to just do my best for the team.

What is one weakness that you'd like to improve moving forward?

Speed endurance. I'd like to run with the lead pack as best I can and just try to stay with the game as it's going.

What are your plans after college?

Work as a programmer with a company. I'd like to attempt to get a job in either Latin America or Spain. I love Spanish, and I'm aiming for a Spanish minor, as well. I'd like to use my Computer Science skills and Spanish skills to branch out a little more.

Is there any other athlete, either professional or collegiate, that inspires you?

Steve Prefontaine. His determination and bold strategy is something to admire. I like how he was strong-willed and challenged himself every day.

Aside from track, what is your favorite sport?

Football. It has to be football. Roll Tide, all the way.

If there is one food you cannot live without, what is it?

Baby back ribs. I'm a huge fan of baby back ribs. Deep dish pizza is another good one, though.

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