Kosinski excels on the track and in the classroom

For Alex Kosinski, college life at the University of Oregon boils down to three things.

“I’m either training or studying or sleeping,” she said.

That discipline and dedication has paid dividends on the track and in the classroom for Kosinski, a senior who is set to graduate in the spring with a degree in sociology.

She’s been named an All-American three times in track and three times in cross country, and in December was named the Pacific-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for cross country. Kosinski, who attended high school in El Dorado Hills, Calif., has a 3.83 GPA.

Kosinski trains and competes year around — cross country in the fall, indoor track in the winter, outdoor track in the spring — so maintaining good grades requires discipline and getting work done ahead of time so she doesn’t fall behind.

“We get a lot of work done before we leave for a meet,” she said. “I like to get things done early. I always work ahead.”

Even though she excels in the classroom, Kosinksi confesses she prefers athletics over academics.

“I’m driven to get good grades,” she said. “It’s just the type of person I am.”

Last weekend at the UW Invitational indoor meet in Seattle, Kosinski and teammate Jordan Hasay both qualified for the NCAA meet in the 3,000 meters. Hasay broke the the school record in the 3,000 with a time of 9:05.42; Kosinski was three seconds behind her with a time of 9:08.60, breaking her previous personal best by 3 seconds and running the fourth fastest 3,000 in school history.

“I felt strong,” Kosinski said. “I feel I’m going to have a real strong season.”

Kosinski said she loves running for Oregon, with its storied track history and at Hayward Field in front of hugely supportive and knowledgeable fans. She fondly recalls rounding the Bowerman Curve and heading down the home stretch during last year’s NCAA Championships and hearing the crowd roar as she tried to catch the runner in front of her.

“It’s an honor to run for Oregon,” she said.

After graduating, Kosinski said, “My plan is to keep on running, and not go into the real world right away.”