Murray State University alumna Alexis Love is in Eugene, Oregon this weekend trying to qualify for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
UPDATE: Love did not qualify for the next round of trials in the women's 100 meter dash. She finished 29th out of 33 competitors on Saturday. Love still has a chance to qualify for the Olympics, however, with the women's 200 meter dash trials beginning Friday, July 8.
Love is competing in the women’s 100 meter and 200 meter dash trials at the historic Hayward Field.
Love graduated from MSU in 2013 and owns a number of school records, including times in the outdoor 200 meter dash and indoor 60 and 200 meter dashes.
In an interview for Sounds Good last year, Love said sprinting is all about technique and confidence.
“For me, it all boils down to how bad you want it," Love said. "So, it’s like that inner drive is pushing you and it’s just blocking everything out once you actually get to the competition and get down in the blocks and the gun goes off. When you’re in that zone, you can’t see or hear anything. You’re only worrying about your lane and the time.”
Love said it was tough balancing a full-time work schedule with training for the Olympics.
“I would train from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then I would work from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and yes, it does cost a lot of money because you have to pay your coach and at this level, you have to see your own chiropractor, the masseuse, you have to use supplements, stay on a strict diet, so it’s very expensive," Love said.
Love previously tried to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics while still a student at Murray State, bowing out in the 100 meter semifinal.
Love will compete in the first round of the 100 meter dash trial Saturday afternoon. The 200 meter trial is set for Friday, July 8.