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Brentwood’s Alexia Douglas caps season with D-I state title
Watch out for Brentwood’s Alexia Douglas.
The sophomore sprinter made waves with her performance at the state championships, held in Middletown on June 8. A 12.12 second finish in the 100 meters earned her the Division I state title.
“It’s a little bit overwhelming,” she said after winning. “But I’m very happy for myself, my team and my coaches. I worked hard and it turned out right.”
When the first day of the meet was canceled, Douglas said she was disappointed, but spent her Friday resting, icing, and doing push-ups and sit-ups.
“There were ups and downs to that cancellation,” she said. “I wanted to run, but also got to rest.”
When she finally got on the track, Douglas was ready to run.
“By the 50-meter mark, I knew it was time to pick it up,” she said. “At my transition phase, I thought about hitting the ground faster, moving my legs and getting my knees up. That’s where form comes in. My legs were high, my arms were going back and swinging hard and my head was moving forward.”
Douglas works hard on her form during practice, leaving it all to muscle memory on race day.
“When I’m on the track, I think about beating the person next to me and winning,” she said.
Douglas placed fifth in the Federation race, running a 12.08.
Other victories for Douglas this spring included a Suffolk Division I 100 championship in 12.19 seconds. She placed first in the 100 (12.31) and the 200 (24.70) at the Suffolk state qualifying meet.