Alex Lapides, M. Track & Field, Class of 2011

What is your major?
Independent Study – but let’s go with Chemistry

Favorite athletic moment at Caltech?
Breaking 50 seconds in a 4x400 split

People will be surprised to know . . .
I’m terrible in practice (at least at high jump). But I hate losing in meets.

Describe your sport in 3 words?
Fierce, basic, personal

What goes through your head on your third attempt?
I yell at myself to get pumped up, and it’s nothing I can repeat.

Favorite food?
My mother’s homemade chocolate chip cookies.

What teammate has inspired you the most?
Matt Kiesz or Chris Wong – both are such hard workers

What type of music do you listen to?
I’m especially fond of angsty punk rock, but angry teen punk rock is pretty good too. I also love listening to Jimmy Buffett, Queen, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

If you could go to any sporting event what would it be?
Game 7 when the Cubs win the World Series

Best part about living in California?
I can brag to my friends and family in Chicago about how warm it is here.

If you could bring anything from your hometown what would it be?
Atmospheric moisture

If you had no schoolwork what would you do all day?
Train for track and field, of course…Julie

In 10 years, I’ll be . . . .
a catch for any woman…ladies?

Nike or Adidas?
Adidas – Nike are too heavy

What are your pre meet rituals?
Drink water, jog, stretch, drink more water, and use the bathroom (usually in that order)

Favorite Color?
Red, white, and blue – Chicago Cubs color

Coffee or Tea?
Either, but coffee if I have to choose – Mexican Organic at Red Door is delicious!!!