As the saying goes, big things come in little packages...well in Kennedale, TX, the saying goes, fast times comes from small towns. Don't know if Kennedale qualifies as a town, no Main Street or town circle, one thing is for sure...it houses one of Texas' fastest girls in Alexis Brown. Brown, only a sophomore came under the spotlight last year being the only freshman to qualify for the 100 meter finals of the Texas Relays. This year, her spotlight became even brighter when she rolled the 3rd fastest time in the nation in the 60 meters at the Dunamis Indoor Sports Classics back in February with a time of 7.40. Brown is currently in New York preparing for the New Balance Indoor Championships. Before she was wisked away, she spent time some with Inside Texas Track. Let's go One-On-One with Kennedale's Alexis Brown.
Inside Texas Track (ITT): What events do you compete in and what are your personal best?
Alexis Brown (AB): I run the 100 and the 200. In the 100 I have a personal best of 11.70 and in the 200 it’s a 24.4.
ITT: Which event would you say is your strongest event?
AB: I have to say the 100 because I have a really good start and I’m able to maintain that, so that’s why I feel the 100 is my strongest event.
ITT: Which one is your favorite?
AB: Hmmm, I really like both of them, but I like the 200 more because I feel like nobody really expects me to do as better in the 200, and I really like proving people wrong. So when I get a chance to run a fast time it allows me to prove something to them and allows me to be more confident in myself.
ITT: What has been your greatest accomplishment in track and field?
AB: I have to say at the Frisco meet when I ran the 3rd fastest time in the nation in the 60 meters. I was like “Wow, I just ran the third fastest time in the nation”. I thought that was a really cool accomplishment and I was really proud of myself.
ITT: What advice would you give a young person that wanted to run track?
AB: I would say to just go out there and have fun. Especially when you are young, it’s all about having fun and just to work hard and have fun with it…I guess.
ITT: Last year, you were the only freshman to qualify for the Texas Relays final in the 100. How cool was that?
AB: It was really cool. I thought my first year running at the Texas Relays, I didn’t expect to really do that well. Making it to the finals really boosted my confidence and I thought it was really cool. I was nervous but it was cool, it was fun, it was a learning experience. I am more prepared going into it this year. So we’ll see how that goes.
ITT: Kennedale is considered a small school. What are the advantages and disadvantages of running for a smaller school?
AB: I think one of the advantages is that everyone knows your name since it is a small school. I go around school and everybody is like “hey Alexis” so that’s really cool. One disadvantage is that I don’t get a chance to compete against some of the bigger schools like the Desotos and the Cedar Hills because we are running against smaller schools. I wish I had more opportunities to run against those schools so I can see where I stack up against them and see where I am before the state meet.
ITT: You started out your outdoor season with a personal best in the 100 with a time of 11.70. What are your goals for the rest of the season?
AB: I’m trying to get down to at least an 11.5 so we’ll see how that goes. I just want to continue to get faster each week. I have been working hard so we will see how far I can go.
ITT: Who do you credit for your success in track and field?
AB: First of all, I have to give glory to God because without him I wouldn’t be where I am right now. I have to praise him everyday. I also have to say my parents. They have always believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. They have always had my back and they push me to the limit. I can’t forget about my summer coach, Coach Dasha (Tolbert). She is always encouraging me to do my best. To fight through the pain when I don’t feel like fighting. Also Coach Lamont (Smith) who encourages me before and after my races and has helped me to become the runner I am today. Finally, I gotta give props to my high school Coach, Coach Wingfield. He understands me and he knows where I’m coming from. His workouts have really benefitted me. I love my support system I have in place right now.
ITT: On the 4x100 relay, which leg do you prefer to run?
AB: I love running anchor, because I love catching people, so I think that’s like my favorite leg.
ITT: I like putting my fastest runner on 2nd. If I had 4 fast people on a relay, then I would put my fastest on second and my second fastest on anchor.
AB: That’s the leg I run now and people say they like me on second, so I guess I kinda like both legs, but it’s always cool to run anchor.
Outside The Track
ITT: What is your favorite color and why?
AB: My favorite color is blue
ITT: Alexis Brown, you and I just became one. Blue is my favorite color.
AB: I don’t know, I just think it is a really pretty color. A lot of people think it’s a sad color but, that color just makes me so happy.
ITT: Yeah blue is my favorite color. I love the color blue. I blame my momma, because blue is her favorite color and she pushed that on me.
ITT: What is your favorite country song?
AB: Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton. It’s a really good song.
ITT: If you could have dinner with anyone, (dead or alive) who would it be with and what would be the 1st question you ask them?
AB: If I could have dinner with anyone, it would probably be with Allyson Felix because she has been my role model and inspiration for like forever. Ever since I’ve been running track, I’ve always looked up to her. The first question I would ask her would be what it took for her to be so good. What it takes, the attitude it takes to be that successful.
ITT: You know what I would ask Allyson? I would ask her if she has any regrets not running college track for at least one year.
AB: That’s a good question. That’s a really good question. You know what, I’m going to change my answer. If I ever meet her, I’m going to ask her…so do you regret…laughing
ITT: If you could have a super power, what would it be and why?
AB: I would want to be invisible so no one could see me. Like when I start a race, I’m there but like no one saw me run. Plus, I’m very nosey, so I could like creep in on conversations and they wouldn’t know I was there. I always thought it would be cool to be invisible.
ITT: Now that’s funny…laughing
ITT: What was the last book you read?
AB: The last book I read was by Laurie Hernandez. What was that book called. Oh my gosh, I can’t think of the name of the book. It was about her journey to the Olympics and how like nobody believed in her and how she overcame her fears. But I can’t remember the name of that book. OH MY GOSH!!
ITT: Name one way to improve Track and Field?
AB: Nothing. It’s already awesome. There’s nothing to improve.