Senior Kierre Beckles breaks a six-year old 55m hurdle record
OUTLOOK: One of the top returners...NCAA qualifier both indoors and outdoors...expected to continue to make a major contribution this season while being a contender in the SEC and a scorer at the NCAA Championships.
2004: Indoors, as a freshman at the Carolina Big 12 meet, Alexander was runner-up in the 60mH with a time of 8.36 ... Finished first at the Kentucky Invitational in the 60mH with a time of 8.25 ... Was runner-up at the SEC invitational in Gainesville in the 55mH with a time of 7.75 ... Finished sixth at the Gator Invitational in the 55mH ... At the Meet of Champions in New York placed first with a time of 8.35 ... At the USC invitational finished second with a time of 7.66 ... Placed fourth at the SEC Indoor in the 60mH ... Won the title in the 55mH at the Last Chance meet with a time of 7.66 ... Outdoors, was the runner-up at the Weems Baskin Relays in the 100mH with a time of 13.64... At the Florida Relays placed 12th in heat ... At the Georgia Tech Invitational placed 13th in the 100m and 29th in the 200m ... At the SC State Championships finished second in the 100mH with a time of 13.55 ... At the Sea Ray Relays placed seventh in the 100mH ... At the Penn Relays placed fifth in the 100mH ... Finished fifth at the Orange and Purple Classic in the 100mH ... At the SEC Championships in Oxford finished seventh in the 100mH.
HIGH SCHOOL: Was two-time indoor 55m hurdles champion and two-time outdoor 100m hurdles champion ... Owns Western New York record in 100m hurdles ... Is state and federation record holder in 100m hurdles ... National Scholastic indoor 60m hurdles champion and record holder with a time of 8.33 ... Was youth national champion in 100m hurdles ... Also owns title of Junior Olympic 100m hurdle champion with a time of 13.49 ... Is a two-time Empire State Games 100m hurdles champion ... Selected to USA Today's All-American team ... Holds Dartmouth Relays record for 55m hurdles ... Was team captain in 2003 ... Earned induction into Williamsville South High Athletic Hall of Fame ... Named to indoor and outdoor scholastic academic teams in all four years of high school ... Member of National Honor Society.
PERSONAL PROFILE: Date of birth/Location: May 8, 1985/Buffalo, N.Y.
Parents: Melanie Taylor and Ronald Alexander
Favorite food: Lobster
The best advice my parents ever gave me: Anything in life is obtainable
My hobbies include: Spending time with my family and friends
Favorite athlete: Gail Devers
The person who had the most influence on me: My grandmother. She gave me the opportunities to be the best I can be as a person.
What I love most about USC: Being with my teammates