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MTZ’s Alexia Finch heads to Illinois College for Cross Country and track

Alexia Finch signing her letter of intent to Illinois College for Cross Country and Track and Field surrounded by her family and coaches.

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Alexia Finch is heading to Illinois College to run cross country and track and field this fall.

“I chose the college I did because it felt like home to me when I stepped on campus and it just felt like the right place for me,” Finch said.

Finch will run the 1600 meters and 3200 meters at the next level and will take with her her leadership, kindness and hard work ethic to the next level of her career.

Head coach Kelly Fox has known Finch since she was in middle school and had the opportunity to work with her for the past seven years. Coach Fox says that Finch has a very big heart and is a team player.

“She does everything that you ask as far as that’s concerned,” Coach Fox said. “We did lose her from the track team last year. But getting her back and to see her drops in times and improvements this senior year.

It’s been a lot of fun. It’s been a lot of fun. She always puts others before herself, so she never wanted anybody to be left out on a run or anything like that. So she would pick it up to be able to run with somebody or she would, you know, slow down, but she really was the one that helped me bring along some of those runners that maybe, there’s a big gap between my top runners and maybe some other, she always filled that gap.

She always filled that gap for me. And so, that’s her lasting impression is the impact that she made on everyone around her.”

Finch will major in physical therapy/kinesiology. Her goals for her first year are to start strong and make a good mark for herself for the years to follow.

Coach Fox said that her last words of advice are that there are girls who have already been to that program and love it and continue to do what she did at Mt. Zion at Illinois College.

“I would just tell her to continue doing what she’s done for us and it’s the relationships that you build, so it’s not all just about the running,” Coach Fox said. “Continue to build on those relationships in school, on the track, on the course and use the run as an outlet for sure.”

Finch said that the thing she’ll cherish and remember most from her time as Brave are her parents, coaches and teammates for their support.

“I’m always going to remember my coaches that pushed me to be the best that I can be, my teammates who were there for me when I had a rough practice or a rough meet, my parents being on the sidelines of every meet they could come to and pushing me to be the best that I can be and being my number one supporters, and last but not least the friends that I made during my time as a Mt. Zion athlete,” Finch said.

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