The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The fourth student-athlete selected for the year is cross country runner Alex Clem.
Clem had an impressive run at the Virginia 4-Miler on Saturday. He bested his time from last year by almost 40 seconds, on the way to a sixth-place finish overall. On top of that, his time of 23:32 gave him the top mark in his division (males aged 15-19).
You won your division and finished sixth-overall at the Virginia Four Miler, how does that showing set you up for the rest of the season?
Topping my previous personal record in the 4 miler by over 40 seconds is a huge confidence booster and sets the bar high for what's to come.
What have you gained from being a part of this program?
I've learned a lot being this program. I've really learned how to be a motivator to not only my teammates, but those around me who strive for success.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
By far, my favorite thing about Randolph is the small class size and one on one with professors. I never have trouble contacting a professor or a classmate.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
Being a student athlete has showed me how to be a more efficient student and time manager. Time is limited so use it wisely.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
My goal after college is to work for a Dahlgren Naval Base or somewhere similar because I believe that's where I can help create things to save lives. Being on Randolph's Cross Country team has helped reach my goal by being able to cooperate and collaborate as a team.
Anything else you would like to add.
I would like to thank Coach Cooper and Coach Jaclyn for their amazing coaching talent. Without it I do not think I would the runner I am now. Also, I would like to thank Rebekkah in the athletic training staff for her continuous support and commitment in ensuring that I am as healthy as possible for the next race!