Golden Knight Spotlight is a student-athlete profile series run by Alexander Lawrence ’18 in coordination with Golden Knights Athletics staff.
Sport: Track and Field (800 meter dash)
Hometown: Emerson, NJ
Class Year: 2016
Major: Criminal Justice
Favorite study spot: My common room in Centennial
Favorite food: Colombian food
One interesting fact about yourself: I have five siblings
What set SR apart from other schools: “It made sense for my family from an economic standpoint and I liked that it was in a city.”
Why SR Track and Field: “I was recruited here and my recruit trip was a success. Other athletes on my recruiting trip also ended up coming to Saint Rose to run. Four years later, we are all about to graduate together.
Most memorable moment or game: “This past spring track season our 4×800 relay team set a school record. It was awesome to be a part of something so special. The three other people I broke that record with are some of my best friends.”
How you got involved: “I started running track seriously when I was a junior in high school. I realized I could run fast during basketball workouts and that’s when I started running mid-distance. My grandfather played football in high school.
Do you have a saying or motto you live by: “Go out and get the job done.”
Where you draw your inspiration from: “I’m more self-inspired, but my teammates and peers inspire me to do better.”
How do you prepare before a game: “My routine doesn’t really change. I eat a lot of food, play videos games, and listen to music before my track meets.”
What are you looking to accomplish this year: “I’d like to re-break that time for the 4×800 relay again and in the 800 get under 1:55.”
My Comments/ takeaway from the interview: Alexander Triana is a fourth year criminal justice major at The College of Saint Rose. He is also a track runner here at the college. Alexander has worked to get to where he is at today and is ready for his last year of track and field. “My first year we had a similar team to what we have now and now I believe we have significantly more motivated coaches. Our new head coach has changed the culture and dynamic of the team. Going forward this team has a lot of talent, but we’re losing a lot of seniors, including myself. I believe they’ll be fine with the amount of talent the team possesses,” Triana said. “The teammates in my event group have all run alongside me my entire career at Saint Rose. We’ve run similar events before and have always pushed each other to do better. We’re all really close to each other and are like a family. My best friends are on this team and they make me want to work harder to better myself,” Triana said. Triana is a humble man and has clearly been a well-established runner at Saint Rose, having broken school records. It’s always sad to have a well-liked and very talented athlete such as Alexander Triana leave, but he has big things waiting for him this year, before he rides off into the sunset.
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