Lakeview’s Alex King to hurdle at Aquinas

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:06 pm on Friday, July 13, 2012

Lakeview’s Alex King, left, battles Central Montcalm’s LaShae Wright in the 100-meter hurdles at the Central State Activities Association track championships May 23.


LAKEVIEW — Alex King isn’t done jumping over hurdles yet.

The Lakeview graduate will be jumping hurdles for Aquinas College after accepting a scholarship offer from the private university.

King ran the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and an occasional sprint event with the Wildcats.

“I’ve been hoping to run somewhere because I don’t want to stop,” King said.

King chose Aquinas because they were the first to contact her about running for them.

“I had tried some other colleges and Aquinas was one of the ones that was very interested in me,” she said. “I went down there and met with the coaches and it was nice. They said they can offer me something. So I looked into it more. The professors are very nice. There’s going to be smaller classes.”

King is pretty sure she will be doing hurdle events in college, but wouldn’t mind doing more.

“That’s the main reason I’m going because they are low on hurdlers,” she said. “After that I’m not sure what they are going to do. I’d love to do that (high jump or sprints).”

lex King leads a pack of runners at the Central State Activities Association track championships May 23.

King came back for her senior season and finished third in the state in Division 3 in the 100-meter hurdles.

“Last year (2011) was the worst year for me, being diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis),” she said. “Finally this year I was back to normal and very happy. I finished third in the state and after last year I’m happy with that.”

King isn’t sure how the Aquinas women will do next season.
“I don’t really know because I haven’t met with any people on the team,” she said. “But from what they (coaches) are telling me we could be pretty good next year. They didn’t lose a lot last year but they tell me we still could be pretty good.”

King is sure she’ll improve at Aquinas.

“It’s going to be nice because instead of having one coach for the entire girls team we’ll have a specific hurdle coach,” she said. “I definitely think I’ll be better. I’m looking forward to it.”

However, King doesn’t have any specific goals in mind for her first year.

“Just to get better is my main goal,” she said. “You have to do well in school along with track.”

King wanted to study prosthetics in college.

“What I was planning on doing is getting with prosthetic legs and arms,” she said. “But Aquinas doesn’t have a program for that. So I think I’ll look into athletic training. That’s where I’m going to start.”

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