“Run, Alexis, run!”
Those are the cheers of Alexis Groce’s teammates watching her run the 400-meter-dash in the DIAA state indoor track and field championship meet held Feb. 12 at the University of Delaware.
Groce, a Milford High sophomore, who also ran the 3200-meter relay and the 1600-meter relay, really set herself apart in the 400. Her runner-up time of 60.29 seconds ranked her No. 33 all-time in state indoor history.
The performance also helped Milford’s girls earn the first state meet trophy in Milford High indoor track history as they finished second overall as a team. Groce said earning the trophy “felt really good” and noted that it “is a fantastic accomplishment.”
Coach Czar Bloom thinks what helps make Groce such a talented runner is that she “is very disciplined and positive,” saying that Groce is “never stressed out.”
Groce said she often feels inspired by her teammates. “I see my teammates working hard at practices and meets, and it encourages me to go out and give my all in practices and meets,” she said.
Bloom pointed out that Groce always works hard “at practice and after practice.” And that dedication does not go unnoticed by teammates. Junior Molly Bliss thinks Groce is “a great teammate” and that she “is dedicated and gives everything her all.”
Groce, a three-sport athlete, runs cross country in the fall and competes in indoor track in the winter and outdoor track in the spring. Helping all three teams bring home hardware over the last two years, Groce said she would love to get the fastest 400-meter dash in Delaware indoor history, but would rather win a state championship in all three sports in the same year.
Bloom, who coaches Groce in all three sports, believes she must “keep doing what she has been doing” and “keep working in the right direction.” Groce’s goals this outdoor season are to “drop time in the 400-meter dash, to help the girls 4 x 800 meter relay acquire the school record and hopefully win a state championship.”
As for what Groce may be able to do in her next two years, Bloom thinks she may be able to get the school record for the fastest 400-meter dash, and Bliss, who also joins Groce on cross country and outdoor track, thinks that Groce has a chance of getting the fastest 400-meter in state history as well.
“I think she could get it before she graduates,” said Bliss. “She is a hard worker, and when she wants something, she goes out and gets it.”
As for now, Groce will begin training for the outdoor season which begins March 1, so she can prepare to try to bring home more hardware and maybe a school record or two this spring.