Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
" It gets tough, but I love running."
In any given track meet, Alicia Sutphin runs the 1500, then doubles the distance for the 3-thousand.
There's also 2 sprints around the track in the 4x8 relay, and finally another 2-thousand meter run in the steeple chase.
That last event in particular shows her mental and physical toughness.
Her coach says, " It's a whole different kind of attitude. You really need to be able to attack the hurdles and not have the fear. Competitively she has run the 800, the 4x4, so she's done a multitude of different events for us and been successful at all of them."
" I like it because it's a lot like cross country with the barriers and the water, it's not just running around the track and lots of laps. It is challenging and I think it's one of the toughest events, which I like because I like to be challenged."
Volunteering for the tougher option is also something Alicia does in class.
Besides running the toughest races she takes the toughest classes in the International baccalaureate program, and keeps up a 95 average.
" It's not just harder courses or more challenging work, it's that they try to get you to understand the material and relate it to what happens around the world and current events and everything that happens. I really like how connected that makes you and how well rounded you become when you take those courses. "
When her last race is run, Alicia will someday be a mechanical engineer. That's what she'll be studying at RIT next year.
For now there's still plenty of work, on the track and off to keep her busy.
It's why she's this week's academic all star.