FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A rising athlete from Fredonia is sprinting toward a promising future. Alex Criss is a runner who goes the distance on the track and even further in the classroom.
"The way I've been brought up, I just can't deal with myself not doing well," Criss said.
His track coach, Bob Ball, said, "It's very easy to coach him, because he's a smart kid. He understands the first time you say it."
"I do pretty much everything whenever I'm needed," Criss explained. "I usually run the 4x800, the mile, 800, 400, and the 4x400. My favorite is the 800, that's the one I do best in."
He added, "It's actually really relaxing. A lot of people go out and think, you're just out there running, but it really relaxes you, it helps get your mind straight, especially when you're stressed and stuff."
Ball noted, "His time management skill is what impresses me. He does a job, he does everything with the school, music, as well as academics and athletics. He's in so many different things and can manage his time, and knows where he's supposed to be and what he needs to do, and I think that's what's made him successful."
"As a senior, we take half our classes at the high school and half of them at the college, and we get credit for all of the classes as college credit, actually," Criss said.
And Ball added, "He's helped with the younger generation we have coming up through. Not only work ethic on the track and practice habits, but in the classroom and music. When they see him involved in so many different things, and he still has time to work with the younger guys, that's what it's all about and that's what makes our program continue on year after year."
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