Oct. 28, 2013
RollTide.com caught up with each new member of the track and cross country team to find out more about them. Today, we feature Alex Gholston, a freshman from R.A. Hubbard High School in Town Creek, Ala. Gholston was a two-time Alabama Class 1A girls basketball Player of the Year, led Hubbard to two Class 1A state titles in basketball, set multiple Class 1A state records in the 200 and 400 meters and was named her high school's Wendy's High School Heisman winner after winning more than a dozen state championships in track.
What are you looking forward to most about being a member of the team?
Reaching my potential as a runner and helping the program to reach its potential.
Why did you choose Alabama?
Alabama has been in my family for a long time. When I came to visit, I got a good atmosphere. It was a good feeling.
How did your family react to your college decision?
Everybody was happy and relieved.
When did you begin competing and why?
I was 8 years old. I ran because everyone else was doing it, and I didn't want to be left out.
When did you realize you could compete at the Division 1 level?
My sophomore year of high school. I had broken the state record in the 400 as a freshman. As a sophomore, I broke that record by a second. I played basketball, too, but people started telling me I could really do well in track in college.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
It was probably breaking the state record (in the 400) my sophomore year.
What has been the biggest adjustment you've had to make as a college athlete?
Managing my time.
What goals do you have for this season?
I want to break the 55-second mark in the 400.
What is one weakness that you'd like to improve moving forward?
I'm probably not as strong as I should be, and I'm probably not in as good of shape as I should be.
Have you decided on a major?
Right now, I'm majoring in Biology.
What are your plans after college?
I'd like to be in a health profession, but I'm not sure what yet.
Is there any other athlete, either professional or collegiate, that inspires you?
My first cousin, Don Jones II. He plays football for the Miami Dolphins.
You were a distinguished high school basketball player. Aside from track, is basketball your favorite sport?
Yes. I love watching basketball. I don't have a favorite team, but I love Kobe Bryant.
What is one food you cannot live without?
What's on your iPod right now?
More than half my iPod is filled with Tupac, but I also have some Beyonce.